The “Thy Kingdom Come” programme has alerted us to a virtual Way of the Cross created by Busted Halo. Designed for personal devotion, these stations relate to Jesus’ teachings about the Kingdom of God and the reason his vision of this Kingdom led to his death. The link below leads to a YouTube playlist.
During Holy Week, Kenny is offering a short service at 7.00pm each evening:
- Monday – Compline and short reading
- Tuesday – Stations of the Cross with devotional readings
- Wednesday – Compline and short reading
- Maundy Thursday – Eucharist
- Friday – Readings from the Way of the Cross
You’ll find the links for these at this page.
You’ll have to use your imagination to follow Kenny through our normal Palm Sunday ritual, for which the pew sheet is at this link. That evening there’s something to do every hour: at 6.00pm, instead of listening to our choir singing Stainer’s Crucifixion, you can re-visit the recording of the 2012 service at this link; at 7.00pm, you can light your candle and pray, as suggested here; at 8.00pm, you can listen to the broadcast by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
To the regular on-line Eucharistic worship on Sundays at 11.00am, SEC are adding worship for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. As part of that, our own bishop, Ian Paton, is providing the Eucharist for Maundy Thursday (from his home), and for Easter Day (from the Cathedral). Details and links on the SEC website.
Michael Paterson writes: “Holy Week 2020 will be different in so many ways, and yet its death-defying, life-giving message has seldom been more timely.” The resource sheet that Michael has prepared “offers some pointers to help tell the world that God is with us in suffering and in the promise of rising from the dead.”
As last week, you’ll be able to follow the service taken by Kenny in isolation at Trinity at 11:00am on Sunday 29 March. The liturgy is at this link, and the service itself will be on the Holy Trinity Facebook page. If your screen is big enough, open the links in new windows, rather than just separate tabs, and you should be able to follow both words and pictures simultaneously.
For those who aren’t used to Facebook: you won’t see the service on the Home page – you need to click on the Videos section of the left-hand navigation, which brings up a gallery of previous videos, as shown above. The most recent (an edited version of last week’s broadcast) appears in the top left of the gallery, and this will be replaced on Sunday by the live broadcast (marked by a red flag – Kenny has to go at less than 4mph!).
Being Facebook, you also get the chance to add your comments as the service progresses, or to rewind the video. It may not feel the same as being at church in person, but your sharing helps build community.
This list is in alphabetical order, and inevitably very incomplete. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions and corrections.
Although not specific to the current pandemic, Roy Jarvis and other friends have set up a Facebook Group Our Christian Friends, which is a “Christian group to inform of Christian events to encourage and support the people of God”. It’s configured as what is called a “Closed Group”, which means you have to ask and be allowed to join, but all Christians of any persuasion will be welcomed.
Old St Paul’s have set up a page to provide digital reflection and worship resources during the coronavirus pandemic at this link.
The Royal School of Church Music, to which our choir belongs, is encouraging everyone to join in singing their Hymn for the Day, updated daily Monday to Saturday, usually in the early afternoon – the words appear on screen as the music plays. On Sundays, “Sunday Self-Service” provides a short service including hymns, readings, and prayers. Available at this link.
The Taizé community have been expressing their solidarity by broadcasting prayer with a small group of brothers live from the community in the evenings at 7:30pm (20:30 CET) via their Facebook page.