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This Week at St Mary’s 29 March 2020

With our church buildings closed

We broadcast a service last Sunday in which I know many of St Mary’s participated. There were 51 ‘unique listeners’. It’s more difficult to organise one this week, without access to the church building, but it is happening. It’ll be ‘live’ from 11.00. The music and readings are listed on the final page. Francis Shepherd has done masses more work on the technical side. Many thanks indeed.

We have also now made it possible for the choir to join you at home for Evensong, any evenings(s) you want! See new Worship Resources for use at home section on our website. The C of E website (ours has a link to it) will give you the liturgy of the day, with the Psalm and readings, etc. For sung ‘preces’, magificat, nunc dimittis and prayers, click on the one you want and be transported to St Mary’s.

For many years Joanna and I have been praying daily with others via a skype conference call. It’s transformed prayer for us, locating it in a group of people who become friends. The internet makes these things easy. The present restrictions we are living under emphasise. Do discuss further with me if you’d like to take further.

Food banks. Beth Mitchell has offered to be our co-ordinator, please liaise with her if you can make a donation: anoirtak1@icloud.com

With two weeks to Easter, Passiontide begins. The virus has drawn us deeper into the suffering of our world. This came with intensity to Christ during his temptations and then especially at the Cross. It’s this combination of love and suffering lying at the heart of Christianity we are more fully entering. Let’s open ourselves more and more to receive into ourselves God’s love, and so get onto the wavelength of all that Christ has done for us – to celebrate how He, from Easter Day, has opened the way for all things to be made new.

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