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Ways to worship from home


While our church buildings are closed we hope that this will be a time for creativity and innovation in how we can worship and learn together as a Christian community.

The nine-day period between Ascension and Pentecost is a special time of prayer and reflection. Across the world Christians from all denominations are following a growing prayer initiative called Thy Kingdom Come. I encourage everyone to take part and take a look at the resources that they are providing. This year there is a series of podcasts by Tom Wright


Quintetchurches Live Streaming and Interactive Services

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Join us to celebrate Pentecost on YouTube here

or

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Register for our weekly email and join us on Zoom at 11am


I'm also planning a SPECIAL BENEFICE FILM to celebrate PENTECOST.

If you'd like to be part of that film, send me a short video clip, and audio recording or an email of a prayer or testimony and I'll try to incorporate your contribution into the film. which I will upload on YouTube.

Be part of the CHURCH ALIVE video project for Pentecost.

Click here to find out how you could contribute.



YOUTUBE:

Log in to Revd James Sawyer's new YouTube Channel to find live streamed and recorded prayers and worship. 

Subscribe to Revd James Sawyer's Channel HERE
(you'll need to be a registered Google or YouTube user) - Users can interact with comments.

Alternatively, we have these interactive services for registered email recipients:

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If you are not already registered, click on the image to request the link

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.

RESOURCES FOR THE EASTER-TRINITY SEASON :

Find the readings for each Sunday on our Bulletin and Newsletter page

Order of Service PDF for the Church seasons of Easter through to Trinity:

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Download a PDF copy of our Evening Worship Liturgy here

Evening Worship PDF


Browser links (click on image) to a selection of Sunday's recorded broadcasts here:

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Watch the service on YouTube here


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Link to our special Ascenstion Day service video on YouTube. Live from 7.30pm on 21st May.


Rogation Sunday link

Watch a special recordig for Rogation Sunday here

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Click on the image to go direct to the video

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9.30 service

11am service


 Videos and recordings of other recent services we have already issued:

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Sunrise Service Highlights

Easter Day 8am recording link

The 8am service is an MP3 audio file of the BCP Lord's Supper for Easter Day.

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This Easter Day Holy Communion is available to view on YouTube.

11am service link

Am interactive service with contributions from across the benefice.
The recording of this service has not been uploaded.

Afternoon reflection link

Recorded and uploaded for Sunday afternoon.

7pm service link

This Service was not recorded: a short reflection and Compline (Night Prayer) at sundown.


ORDER OF SERVICE FOR EASTER DAY, icluding readings,  PDF HERE

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AUDIO: Hymns for Eadter Day

Jesus Christ is Risen Today

Thine be the Glory

Discover: How to improvise a palm cross and How to make an Easter Garden.


GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

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Our one hour Devotions Service recorded live from the Vicarage.

PALM SUNDAY SERVICES

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9.30 am Holy Communion - Recording of Live Stream YouTube

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11.00 Recording of the Family Service via ZOOM - interactive first

Palm Sunday Service booklet HERE


Making a Palm Cross for Palm Sunday

Download a PDF worksheet click on the image.

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Here are some videos we released earlier:

Live stream from our Evening Worship 29th March

6.00pm Sunday 29th March - This one worked!


Download a copy of the Lent Communion Liturgy here

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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 - MP3

Rosie 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:

4 Praise to thine eternal merit,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Daily Prayer Recordings

See our prayer resources for more information

Other Online Services you might like

REGULAR LIVE STREAMED SERVICES ~FROM St Albans Cathedral

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If the YouTube links on this site don't work, please log-in to YouTube and search for St Albans Cathedral.


Contact

The Vicarage 

Great Hormead 

Buntingford 

Hertfordshire 

SG9 0NT 

01763 289258