Message from Rev’d Nicola 4th April 2020
First of all, if like me you have been finding a whole new level of frustration, while trying to make your own palm cross, you might like to take a look at this YouTube cliphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k8lVvZ4DUA which explains it all really simply! It works and I now have my own blue and yellow cross to display in my window tomorrow. I have lots of palm crosses here in the vicarage and I will bless them tomorrow so they can be distributed when we are able to meet again. However, if you have got your own one at home, I will be blessing the new palm crosses at 9:45 tomorrow morning – so do hold yours aloft at that time and then put it in the window too. It is a lovely sign to those who go past on their daily walk.
Please circulate, widely, the information about the Chrism service on Tuesday at 11am (details below). This year, until the Coronavirus scuppered our plans, a group of us were going to attend the Chrism Mass at the cathedral. I do hope you will have a go (if you can) at joining in this service by following the link in the Bishops introduction to it. Here is the invitation from bishop David…… I wish to warmly encourage you to be part of our diocesan service for the renewal of commitment to ministry that will take place online this Tuesday, 7th April at 11am. This simple service will reflect the corporate nature of ministry in our diocese through gathering online. I hope there will be the opportunity to physically gather together later in the year. However, we are currently in challenging times and gathering in new ways. In order to participate in the online service, the easiest way will be to locate and follow the Lincoln – Bishops’ Office Facebook Page (linked here) where the service will take place live. This is available to anyone with internet access as it is an open Facebook page. There will also be the opportunity to view the service later on the diocesan website. (Note from Nicola – if that link doesn’t work try https://www.facebook.com/lincolnbishopsoffice/ ). I hope the service will be a way for us to renew our commitment and express our shared identity and to pray for our county, nation and world at this time.
But, before that, we have the wonder of Palm Sunday. Here is a link to a service for Palm Sunday, and resources that you might find helpful, sent out by our bishops…… . https://www.lincoln.anglican.org/news/diocesan-activities-for-holy-week
But, we have also been busy putting our own resources together…. On our FB pages (and attached here) you will find an audio welcome message from me; an order of service for Palm Sunday to use at home (attached to the Daily Update on Thursday); a list of the readings and the Collect Prayer (also shown below); an audio reading of the Gospel of the Passion of Christ (attached); plus recordings by our organist at St Helen’s of the hymns that he would have been playing in church this Sunday (also attached). If you would like to use these resources at 10am tomorrow you will be (in effect) joining Rev’d Gillian and I as we ‘Facetime’ each other for a service. At this service Rev’d Gillian will preside at a ‘homebased’ altar and will receive Holy Communion on behalf of us all. The readings and collect prayer for tomorrow are: For the Palm Celebrations Matthew Chapter 21, verses 1 to 11; For the Passion Isaiah chapter 50, verses 4 to 9a; Matthew chapter 27, verses 1 – 54.
The Collect Prayer:
Almighty and everlasting God, who in your tender love towards the human race sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross: grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ you Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
In addition the Bishop of Manchester has recorded a service which is available on the Church of England website at 9am tomorrow.
So no excuses for missing worship tomorrow morning!
For our Holy Moment today I have copied the Magnificat (Mary’s Song) below. It is such a beautiful song but also expresses all the hope and love we have in God. Enjoy!
|My soul glorifies the Lord|
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me –
holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants for ever,
just as he promised our ancestors.Amen.
Message from Rev’d Nicola 28th March 2020
I am able to forward on this message from the Prayer Book Society which has links to on-line services happening tomorrow. Please note they will be Book of Common Prayer services – i.e. the same as we have at Kettlethorpe. I will try to find out some Common Worship on-line services as well.
Please share this link as widely as possible – along with the collect prayer and readings for tomorrow. There will be a recording of my sermon and we will circulate this when it is available on Sunday morning.
Thank you everyone,
From: The Prayer Book Society <email@example.com>
Subject: Online streaming of BCP services: Update
| Dear Members and friends of the Prayer Book Society|
First of all, please accept my apologies for another eNewsletter only a week after the last one. We realise that you don’t want to be overwhelmed with a flurry of emails, and in normal circumstances these will be far less frequent; but these circumstances are far from normal.Last week, we circulated a list of what we, and the churches concerned, hoped would be regular daily or weekly streamed services according to the BCP. Since then, there has been a flurry of different instructions from the Government, the Archbishops and the Dioceses, as a result of which most clergy have had to stop broadcasting online from their churches; many are doing so from their vicarages instead.We have now amended the information on our website, and we will continue to try and keep it updated as everything continues to change.Please click here for the current list of online streamed BCP services
A note on watching Facebook videos if you are not on FacebookA number of you have been in touch to say that you do not have a Facebook account, and ran into trouble when trying to watch videos that were being streamed via Facebook.I can confirm that it IS possible to do this without being logged into Facebook, but please note the following points:For each service listed, we have provided a direct link to the relevant web page (which in these cases will be a Facebook page). Please click on the link to be taken straight there.If the video is being streamed via Facebook, you WILL have to watch it via the Facebook website: no way around that, I’m afraid!You may see a banner at the bottom of the page, encouraging you to sign into or join Facebook. This is a suggestion from Facebook and not a requirement: YOU CAN SIMPLY IGNORE THIS BANNER, which will disappear while you are watching the video.
Praying that you are all keeping safe and well,
Image: Interior of St Simon Zelotes, London
Message from Rev’d Nicola and Rev’d Gillian 17th March 2020
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
We are sorry to have to announce that, following advice from the Archbishop of Canterbury, we have to suspend all acts of public worship in our churches. Our churches are remaining open as usual, but we are not permitted to gather for worship at this time.
We will be working on preparing resources for worship and prayer to be used at home. We will distribute these to you as soon as possible. In the meantime, if you are on the internet you may wish to look at the list of information and websites below (from the Church of England Website). In addition to these, those with smart phones and tablets might also like to try apps such as: ‘Daily Prayer’ and ‘pray as you go’. We think they are both free, but if you would like to read the lectionary bible readings for each Sunday then you might like to pay for the ‘Sunday worship’ app (or simply email us and we will give you the Bible references for free!)
Sadly, this is likely to impact upon our Holy Week and Easter services and events. This really is sad as we were so looking forward to spending time journeying through Holy Week to our Lord’s death and then celebrating, together, the joy of his resurrection. But in many ways Holy Week will be all the more poignant to us as we find our way through this holiest of times without being able to meet together as ‘church’ and family in these parishes. We may often wonder what it was like for the disciples in those hours and days after Jesus died – their leader killed and their hopes dashed.
But God’s act of salvation through the resurrection of Jesus Christ was creative and unexpected, and I hope that we will be able to discover new ways to be church as we explore different and diverse ways to maintain our worshipping presence within the parishes. Who knows, we may even discover the wonders of ‘live streaming’ before Holy Week – which could at least provide some access for those with internet connections.
So, while we may not meet together, we can still be church together – through prayer and telephone conversations and other forms of contact. Please stay in touch with us and your church wardens so we can give you updates, and so we can hear how you are and whether there is anything you need. As a reminder, our contact details are below. In the meantime, be assured of our prayers (as we feel assured of yours) and our commitment to keep worship alive in these churches by any means we can manage. Keep checking the church websites and Facebook pages for updates.
Rev’d Nicola and Rev’d Gillian
Rev’d Nicola – 01522 702427; Nicola.firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev’d Gillian – 01522 702436; email@example.com
Activities within the Parish
Edward Bear Club at Sturton Village Hall: Cancelled until further notice
Thursday Coffee morning at Sturton Village Hall: Cancelled until further notice
Bellringing at Stow Minster: Cancelled until further notice
Post Office in Stow Minster: Please refer to our Post Office page for the current provision