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Holy Week – Reflection for Wednesday

Today’s story is focused on Jesus, Judas Iscariot and betrayal. The scene is that of a group of friends gathered together in a single room sharing a meal. They are celebrating the Passover, usually a joyful occasion but this time there are many undercurrents, things playing in people’s minds. There’s Palm Sunday and the triumphant entrance which may already seem to have been a long time ago. The Jewish authorities are looking for Jesus and, Jesus keeps talking about the end and his own death. There must have been a certain tension in the air even before Jesus begins to talk about betrayal……..

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Taize Service Tonight – Tue 7th April at 7pm (via Zoom)

Please find the link below for the Taize tonight at 7pm. It will be online about 10 minutes before, so you can join a bit earlier if you wish.

You are welcome to have a candle with you that you can light at a certain point in the service.

You will be initially when you join this service. The idea is that we are quiet when we enter and leave the service.

Look forward to worshiping with you tonight

Topic: Taize service

Time: Apr 7, 2020 07:00 PM London

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Holy Week – Reflection for Tuesday

We can’t be sure exactly when todays story happened. It occurred somewhere between the triumphant entry on Palm Sunday and the last supper on the evening of the following Thursday, so we have a window of about 4 days. For those who may follow Jesus there is no thought of his death, his arrest on Thursday night and crucifixion on Friday seem to come as an unexpected shock even to the apostles. For the Greek visitors, who I’d like us to focus on today, the sounds and sights of Palm Sunday, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem as a triumphant king and great crowds shouted “Hosanna in the highest, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, Blessed is the KING OF ISRAEL” would have been ringing in their minds……….


Holy Week – Stations of the Cross – from Rev’d Dennis

WALKING THE 14 STATIONS OF THE CROSS – JERUSALEM.
Along the “Via Dolorosa” (Latin for: “Way of Grief” or “Way of Suffering”).
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem.

Please find to download, a copy of the 14 Stations of the Cross for your own visitation and reflection throughout Holy Week.

We had intended to have a service for this tonight at Christ Church, Helme – but of course this was no longer possible due to the Coronavirus – Covid 19 situation.

I hope that you can make good use of it – using the pictures and words for your own reflections and prayers.

Stay strong and well.

With much love

Rev’d Dennis

Weekly bulletin for Holy Week

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

            “Hosanna to the Son of David!”

            “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

            “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

It is a basic principle of Christianity that our God is The God of grace, abundant and immeasurable grace. No matter how hard you try you can never out give God. Whatever we offer him, through his grace he returns immeasurably more. He is the God that turns our thinking upside down and this is the same in worship. Worship is not our gift to God; it is a gift from God.

On Palm Sunday a great crowd of people greeted Jesus as their king, they worshiped him as the messiah. Like us these people would have had many challenges and problems in their lives and there were certainly difficult times to face in the week ahead. But in this moment of worship there was great joy for anyone who was willing to give themselves over to it.

Not being able to meet in our Churches means that worship is different at the moment, but a great many people are going to some considerable efforts to find ways to worship God. As we worship, our God draws us close to himself, we experience a taste of his glory, and receive his peace.

Worship is not our gift to God; it is a gift from God.

Reverend John (Vicar)

Website

There will be some materials available on the website for reflection during Holy Week.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting 29th April

You will not be surprised to hear that this meeting has been postponed. Bishop Nick has used his powers as our diocesan Bishop to delay all the requirements of this meeting until the end of October.

Magazine; There is now an April edition available on the website. Unfortunately our printers are closed for the duration. If you know of anyone who needs a paper copy it can be printed from the website but I must encourage that all social distancing measures be followed. Sharing paper copies with a neighbour may be possible but please do not print and distribute in large number.

Holy Week – Prayers and Meditation from Rev’d Peter

Rev’d Peter shares with us a booklet for Holy Week – PRAYER AND MEDITATION. You can download it here:


The best way of praying this week is simply to follow it. There are readings given for each day of Holy week sent as an attachment. All we have to do in our prayer is to be open and receptive, content to follow and to receive what God chooses to give us. In this way our prayer enters into the way Christ lives it. He allows himself to be taken on a journey by the Father “Thy will be done”.

So let Scripture take you on this road. Be attentive to it; notice its details, entrust yourself to it. Don’t fill up your prayer with too many words or thoughts or petitions, for your Heavenly Father knows all that you need. Let each period of prayer begin by simply asking for the Grace of God to be with you this Holy Week, to be close to Christ as He does the will of the Father. May you touch something of the mystery of this life and Love as we prepare ourselves to Celebrate Easter Day.

Heavenly Father, we turn our hearts to you. You are utterly faithful, and you have never failed us. Grant us hope, strength and mercy in our time of need. Enable us to throw our cares onto you, our mighty God.
O Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for those touched by the coronavirus, those who face sorrow, fear, illness and isolation. May they know your presence with them at this time so that your presence overcomes their fear.
O Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for wisdom and clarity for all those making key decisions, for scientists, medical experts, politicians and public health officials. We pray for acts of kindness to spread in every community and we thank you for all these that are taking place now.
O Lord, hear our prayer.

In Jesus’ name: Amen

Scripture reading:
“Cast all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Keep Safe, Keep praying
Peter

Holy Week Reflections from Rev’d John – The Hope of Easter

In this series of reflections, I am going to invite you to try and get into the mind of key characters within some of the stories leading up to Easter day. Whilst doing this I’m going to ask questions about hope, particularly where these key characters are looking for or finding their hope.

Monday:                Jesus anointed at Bethany

Tuesday:               Jesus predicts his death

Wednesday:           Jesus says that one will betray him

Thursday:             Jesus washes the disciple’s feet

These are designed to be used at any time during the day.

          There will also be

Maundy Thursday: a short on-line Communion service which I encourage you to join in with at 7:30pm (though you can use it at any time)

Good Friday:  An hour at the cross, 2-3pm, and Stainer’s Crucifixion at 7:30pm

A reflection for each day will be issued.

Palm Sunday Parish Communion – On-line

Apologies for the technical delay! The service is now available online.
Due to this delay, Rev’d John will do the service this evening at 6pm!

You are encourage to play the service starting at 6pm, but you can listen any time if it is not convenient. Please inform anyone you planned to phone up to listen in with you.

It can be found here:

The service booklet can also be found here: