10th May - Service, Readings & Music

The service this Sunday will take place via Zoom at 9am on Sunday 10th May 2020.
Here is the link to join the service. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7043470449?pwd=VkkvdXVsZWJ3ckY5S3dUUXlpWWVCQT09 The password is 530187

You will need to download Zoom to your device, allow it to make changes and then wait for the service to begin. 

Below is a link to the Church of England Communion Service that we will follow.

Jenny Veasey's Sermon - Alleluia: Christ is risen: He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

Rainbows – we’re surrounded by them just now, aren’t we?
Colourfully, gratefully and hopefully uniting a nation in lockdown.
The rainbow doesn’t actually feature in today’s OT reading,
but those of us who know the story, know that it is right there,
just waiting, like Noah himself, for the right time.
And this is the second time in 4 days
when the readings set in the lectionary,
seem to have been selected directly and specifically for us,
here and now, in our immediate situation.
On Thursday in our shared Morning Prayer we read about Moses
spending 40 days in self-isolation with the LORD on Mt Sinai,
so that he could be given the Law
that would shape the future for the Israelites.
Then we had the story of Jesus, led by the Spirit into self-isolation
in the Wilderness, with the Devil, before he could start the ministry
that would shape the future of Creation.
Now today, the readings are about
that future, that present & this present;
they’re about Hope,
they’re about Waiting,
about Limitations and about Release.
They are also, crucially, about absolute and ultimate Certainty
in the midst of ever-present turmoil, fear, uncertainty
and very real danger.
All that Noah, locked-down in the Ark, could do – was
to wait
and to watch
and to trust
and to hang on grimly to hope;
to keep sending the different messengers out
and accept whatever information they would bring back.

All that Stephen could do as his life ebbed away was
to submit
to trust
to recognise and then joyfully to proclaim
the hope and the certainty that he was granted
at the very moment his life was taken from him.
Both Noah and Stephen found that when it came to the crunch,
they could trust the Lord to be
“a rock of refuge, and a strong fortress”:
those are words from today’s psalm, which is on the website.
Do look at it, after the service – for me it is a lens
through which to view the rest of today’s readings.
So Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel reading surely encompass
Noah . . and Stephen . . the unknown Psalmist . . and all of us
in that place of refuge
– the Father’s house with its many dwelling-places.
Just like Thomas, perhaps we feel right now
that we don’t have a clue how to get to that refuge.
Just like Philip, we may doubt our ability to recognise it
when we get there, and even wonder whether we shall recognise
the Father himself when we encounter him.
But if – if, we can accept all the limitations of
where we are, who we are, how we are . . . .
and then, somehow, let ourselves let go;
if - in spite of all the apparent evidence to the contrary,
we can, somehow, let ourselves believe;
if - we can let ourselves set just one foot on the Way;
if - we can let ourselves trust that promise from Jesus
that he will indeed take us by the hand and show us the way
to the rock of refuge
then we can hope for the rainbow with Noah;
then we can look with Stephen at the heavens opening
and then . . perhaps . . see with him the very Glory of God.
Amen: Alleluia

Collect and Readings for Easter 5.


Almighty God,

who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ

have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:

grant that, as by your grace going before us

you put into our minds good desires,

so by your continual help

we may bring them to good effect;

through Jesus Christ our risen Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


Post Communion Prayer.

Eternal God,

whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life:

grant us to walk in his way,

to rejoice in his truth,

and to share his risen life;

who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.


Genesis 8. 1-19

But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and all the domestic animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided; the fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, and the waters gradually receded from the earth. At the end of one hundred and fifty days the waters had abated; and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. The waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains appeared.

At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made and sent out the raven; and it went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. Then he sent out the dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground; but the dove found no place to set its foot, and it returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took it and brought it into the ark with him. 10 He waited another seven days, and again he sent out the dove from the ark; 11 and the dove came back to him in the evening, and there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. 12 Then he waited another seven days, and sent out the dove; and it did not return to him any more.

13 In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and saw that the face of the ground was drying. 14 In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry. 15 Then God said to Noah, 16 ‘Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.’ 18 So Noah went out with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives. 19 And every animal, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out of the ark by families.


Psalm 31. 1-5

In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;

    do not let me ever be put to shame;
    in your righteousness deliver me.
Incline your ear to me;
    rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
    a strong fortress to save me.

You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
    for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,
take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
    for you are my refuge.
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
    you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.


Acts 7.55-end

55 But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!’ 57 But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. 58 Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ 60 Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ When he had said this, he died.[k]


John 14. 1-14

 ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe[a] in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?[b] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’[c] Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know[d] my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’

Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12 Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If in my name you ask me[e] for anything, I will do it.


HYMN - https://youtu.be/aOjT5zU3qIo Chris Lambert


God is love: His the care,
Tending each, everywhere.
God is love, all is there!
Jesus came to show him,
That mankind might know Him!

Sing aloud, loud, loud!
Sing aloud, loud, loud!
God is good!
God is truth!
God is beauty!
Praise Him!

None can see God above;
We can share life and love;
Thus may we Godward move,
Seek him in creation,
Holding every nation.

Jesus lived on the earth,
Life and hope brought to birth
And affirmed human worth,
For He came to save us
By the truth He gave us.

To our Lord praise we sing,
Light and life, friend and King,
Coming down, love to bring,
Pattern for our duty,
Showing God in beauty.