Ways to worship from home
Although we are now welcoming everyone back into church for collective worship, every Sunday we endeavour to broadcast our first morning service via YouTube on Revd James Sawyer's YouTube Channel, so that everyone can feel connected, even if they are unable to attend in person for whatever reason. Follow the link and we hope to see you there.
Booklets with liturgy/words to the services here:
Download a PDF of our seasonal Holy Communion booklet here
If our link does not work, try the weekly national broadcast for the Church of England:
Quintetchurches upcoming Live Streaming and Interactive Services
For our Zoom services, including Wednesday Compline (Night Prayer) you will need to be registered for our weekly email which contains the secure link. Please register to receive our emails hereWhen we broadcasting from Church we are using the mobile network, so instead of Zoom we will be be broadcasting direct from Revd James Sawyer's YouTube channel. The signal is not always as strong as we'd like so please bear with us if you experience some buffering.
If our mobile connection breaks down, here's a link to an alternative service from St Albans Cathedral.
Services you may have missed:
First Sunday of Christmas
We had a small technical issue that prevented me from filming the service but I recorded a second version from home which can be viewed on my YouTube channel or follow this link: CLICK HERE
Last Sunday: A recording of the live service is available as an Audio File HERE
Log in to Revd James Sawyer's YouTube Channel to find live streamed and recorded prayers and worship. CLICK HERE
Download a PDF of our Family Service Liturgy HERE
Alternatively, some weeks we have these services you may like instead:
Register for our weekly email and join us for services and activities on Zoom
Church members who have registered to our regular email will receive a link to Zoom 'Meetings' where we can see one another online and gather for interactive worship. We are using the upgraded security version of Zoom and meetings are also password protected.
We've set up links to various apps and service providers on our Digital Connections page. There are also training videos to help you with unfamiliar technology.
Words for our Worship
RESOURCES FOR The season after Trinity (Ordinary Time) :
Find the readings for each Sunday on our Bulletin and Newsletter page
Download a PDF of our Family Service Liturgy HERE
Even though for a while our church buildings were closed, we have been encouraged that recent months have been a time for creativity and innovation in how we can worship and learn together as a Christian community - in person or online.
In these times of Pandemic regulation, when we go to church, we're having to make lots of adjustments.
This video will help you prepare for some of them. But
whatever this situation throws at us we will continue to worship our loving God, however, wherever and whenever we can.
Resources to support other occasional services
Download a PDF copy of our Evening Worship Liturgy here
Browser links (click on image) to a selection of previous recorded broadcasts here:
Sunday 11th October - we celebrate Harvest Festival. Join us for our recorded Family Service from 9.30am on You Tube, HERE.
October, Unfortunately the link went down so this is a re-recorded part
of the service . You can catch a remnant of what we did manage to stream
on the YouTube Channel but it is very broken.
PDF of the matins liturgy HERE
Watch our Sunday 19th Worship, premiering at 9.30am on Sunday Morninng.
Join us for a recording of the service streamed on 28th at 9.30am on YouTube
Catch up with the recorded service here on YouTube
Click through to YouTube here
Find the link for this on my YouTube Channel.
Watch our SPECIAL BENEFICE FILM to celebrate PENTECOST.
Thanks to those who sent me a short video clip or photos. I've tred to incorporate your contribution into the film, which I have uploaded to YouTube. Revd James Sawyer
Join us to celebrate Pentecost on YouTube here
The nine-day period between Ascension and Pentecost is a special time of prayer and reflection. Across the world many Christians from all denominations have followed a growing prayer initiative called Thy Kingdom Come. I encourage everyone to take a look at the resources that they provided. This year there has been a series of excellent podcasts by Tom Wright.
Watch the service on YouTube here
Link to our special Ascenstion Day service video on YouTube. Live from 7.30pm on 21st May.
Watch a special recordig for Rogation Sunday here
Videos and recordings of other recent services we have already issued:
The 8am service is an MP3 audio file of the BCP Lord's Supper for Easter Day.
This Easter Day Holy Communion is available to view on YouTube.
Am interactive service with contributions from across the benefice.
The recording of this service has not been uploaded.
Recorded and uploaded for Sunday afternoon.
This Service was not recorded: a short reflection and Compline (Night Prayer) at sundown.
AUDIO: Hymns for Eadter Day
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
Our one hour Devotions Service recorded live from the Vicarage.
PALM SUNDAY SERVICES
9.30 am Holy Communion - Recording of Live Stream YouTube
11.00 Recording of the Family Service via ZOOM - interactive firstPalm Sunday Service booklet HERE
Download a PDF worksheet click on the image.
Here are some videos we released earlier:
Live stream from our Evening Worship 29th March
Download a copy of the Lent Communion Liturgy here
Preparing to join in with an Agape (love) meal or a Communion
Jesus asked his closest friends and followers to gather with him in an upstairs room in Jerusalem the evening before his arrest. At that meal he asked everyone assembled to remember him in the breaking of bread and drinking of wine.
As we think about the events of passiontide - Jesus final journey to Jerusalem, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday , Good Friday and Easter Day - we connect them with the festival of Passover and the special meal that sits at the heart of Jewish identity. But what Jesus chose to communicate his message to his friends were equally every-day food and drink. So although Christians have turned this remembering into a sophisticated ceremony, what Jesus was doing was using things that would enable those people to remember him daily. "Give us today our Daily Bread" Jesus teaches them to pray. On the road to Emmaus, the disciples who'd left Jerusalem after the horrors of Good Friday, sat down for an ordinary evening meal with a stranger, and recognised Jesus in the breaking of the bread.
The point of the communion service is that, together, the act of breaking bread and eating and drinking, we remember Jesus. And in remembering him in that moment, he is with us; within us.
So in these strange and desperate time we can all remember him daily, every time we eat and drink our rations. And when we meet 'virtually' in communion from our homes, I believe we can find something to eat and drink and remember Jesus in the moment. And by the grace of the Holy Spirit, he will be with us.
So before joining an online communion or Agape, find something to drink, preferably a glass of wine, port or sherry, and find some bread or a cracker, and join the community online.
Sing with us
COME HOLY GHOST - MP3Rosie and I decided to sing this for you at Morning Prayer on Mothering Sunday. We hope you like it. PRESS TO PLAY
1 Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire
and lighten with celestial fire;
thou the anointing Spirit art,
who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.
2 Thy blessed unction from above
is comfort, life, and fire of love;
enable with perpetual light
the dullness of our mortal sight.
3 Teach us to know the Father, Son,
and thee, of both, to be but one;
that through the ages all along
this may be our endless song:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Daily Prayer Recordings
See our prayer resources for more information
Other Online Services you might like
REGULAR LIVE STREAMED SERVICES ~FROM St Albans Cathedral
If the YouTube links on this site don't work, please log-in to YouTube and search for St Albans Cathedral.
This Thursday we celebrate the institution of the Eucharist (Holy Communion), the festival of Corpus Christi. I invite you to watch the service which will be streamed on the day from St Albans Cathedral: