Worship for Passion Sunday. Email for Sat 28.3.20

Published on Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:47
Vicar's Blog

Dear all

Our worship tomorrow will be livestreamed on Zoom at 9 a.m and 10.30 a.m. You are welcome to join us, either online or by phone. The details and access are here, as is the service sheet.  

Lisa wrote very powerfully on Wednesday about the idea of Spiritual Communion

Although you might not have heard about it, it's actually been around since the 1549 Prayer Book and it's for those occasions when people are unable to receive the bread and wine physically and so do that spiritually.  St Thomas Aquinas said it was about 'an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Holy Sacrament and a loving embrace as though we had already received Him.' 

Tomorrow is Passion Sunday, two weeks before Easter. The readings are incredibly appropriate for this coronavirus-stricken world, as you will see if you join us. Here are some suggestions so that the worship is good for everyone.  

1      Please mute your screen during the service. That way the sound works better for everyone - otherwise we get unexpected solos which are fun but not always intended.

2      Please remember that this is worship and try to avoid making your breakfast while watching. It's offputting for everyone else! 

3      If you use 'Gallery View' you will be able to see everyone - giving us a great sense of being together. That's the feature which leads us to use Zoom instead of Facebook Live. 

On the same page, if you scroll down, is a video of last week's gospel and sermon, in case you missed it. This week we are planning to record the whole service and put it online. 

Changing the subject, can I suggest a really good way that you can continue to make a difference to the world, even while we are all stuck indoors? The carbon impact of all the internet searches etc that we are doing is huge. One way of reducing that is by changing your search engine to Ecosia, instead of Google or Chrome or Safari. Ecosia uses their ad revenue to plant trees where they are needed most. So far they have planted, according to the website, 88m trees. It's worth making the change and making a tiny difference! 

Finally: yesterday I was in a (virtual) interfaith climate meeting. During the meeting we were each invited to offer a sentence from our own tradition which speaks into this situation. I offer you the sentences which were shared yesterday: 

From the Sikh tradition: 

Nanak naam chardi kala tere bhaney sarbhat da bhalla

Guru Nanak talks about rising optimism, may there be wellbeing for all

From the Buddhist tradition: 


vow, an expression of determination, to embrace and manifest our Buddha nature. It is a pledge to oneself to never yield to difficulties and to win over one's suffering. At the same time, it is a vow to help others reveal this law in their own lives and achieve happiness.

From the Christian tradition: 

The eye cannot say to the hand, 'I have no need of you', nor again the head to the feet, 'I have no need of you.' I Corinthians 12.21  

From the Hindu tradition: 

Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah 

Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih 

May all become happy May none fall ill 

May all see auspiciousness everywhere 

May none ever feel sorrow 

From the Muslim tradition: 

Surah Al Inshirah: Fa inna ma'al usri yusra, inna ma'al usri yusra Verily, with hardship comes ease, with hardship comes ease

This comes, as ever, with my love and prayers. Hoping to see you tomorrow,


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