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This page has been setup to allow our community to share in worship during these challenging times.  It will be updated regularly with news information and prayers.  Ready for each Sunday we will post the liturgy readings, collect, a sermon and prayers.

Monday 6th April, [email protected]

Check out our pack of activities HolidayClubAtHomeEaster2020, aimed at primary school aged children.  We would have been running a holiday club on Tuesday 7th April, ‘Jesus and his BFFs’.  We’ve adapted the material and hope you enjoy taking part at home, whatever age.  There’s a craft to do at the end and we’d love to share photograph’s of your finished masterpieces.  Email via the contact details on this website, or via Heather .  If you need more ideas of things to do, have a look at the children’s activity sheet below for Palm Sunday and keep checking back on this website as we will be posting children’s activities throughout the week as we lead up to Easter Sunday.

Monday 6th April, Vicar’s Thought for the Day (Monday of Holy Week)

I woke early today, early enough to see the Sun creep over the horizon and fill a gap in the sky beneath the clouds. It was a moment of pause to pray before I got on with the early morning tasks. I was reminded that Jesus liked to get up early to pray and wondered what he prayed about on the Monday after Palm Sunday. Mark tells that after the triumphal entry he went to the temple looked around and then left Jerusalem for Bethany. Mark records that it was on that Monday that he returned and drove out the money lenders and traders from the temple courts reminding them all, very forcefully, that it was intended as a place for the gentiles, the people of the world, to pray.

My early prayers weren’t centred on cleansing the temple, but I did wonder what the people of the villages here would be thinking about today. More isolation at home; some essential shopping; how to occupy the children if they don’t have school work to do; that lost holiday now we can’t travel; getting to work if we are a key worker; a sick relative in hospital; or perhaps needing to visit a clinic at hospital and being anxious about being exposed to the covid-19 virus? I suspect all of these and more. But are we ever concerned that people aren’t able to get close to God? I know that is part of my job, and I was struck that as Saint Paul once remarked from an ancient philosophy “In God we live and move and have our being!” In whatever you find yourself doing never feel tempted to think He is far away and doesn’t care, Holy week, indeed every week, day and hour, are full of opportunities to know God, He is always closer than you think, clearing the way for you to pray.

Sunday 5th April, Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday and we invite you to follow the order of service below in  your home worship, Robert’s sermon is attached in a separate file.  This week there is also an activity sheet for children and the normal church notice sheet.  In addition, you are invited to join Rev Tim Goodbody and the team at the Pilgrim Parishes for a live stream at 9.30am Book Common Prayer Holy Communion and 11.00am for a Palm Sunday service.

Service Sheet – Palm Sunday Service

Robert’s Sermon – Palm Sunday Sermon

Children’s Activity Sheet – Palm Sunday

Notice Sheet – 10C 050420

Live streaming – To access on YouTube search for:“Pilgrim Parishes Contingency Church”   or connect to  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2e CJmlRv5W_giGT9Ea-bHw  Please note the video will not be available until about 20 mins before broadcasting starts.  Or view via Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/tim.goodbody

Friday 3rd April, Vicar’s Thought for the Day

I recently rediscovered a CD in my collection that contains a song that many of you will never have heard. It captures the poignancy of Mary’s experience of her son’s crucifixion, and how the sound of nails being hammered may have haunted her throughout her life. We can all be haunted by many things and at this time when we can be feeling haunted, even over-whelmed, by the strangeness of our situation it might be appropriate to know that we stand with each other and Mary who knew the same kind of fear that we do. Perhaps we can use the lyrics of the song as a prayer. You can listen to the song at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytSVXklotjM

Since that blessed night in a manger
She watched her baby grow
It seems like yesterday He was in her arms
Where did the time go
He learned His Father’s trade
As she marveled at it all
The sweat dropped from her little Carpenter
As He made the timbers fall

She can hear the driving nails upon the Hillside
And she prays that His spirit will not fail
She watches as a young man undertakes His Fathers Will
As she stands and listens to the driving nails

In the streets of Jerusalem
A child can disappear
She was frantic as she looked for Him
Until She began to hear
The hammers up at the temple
She called Him as she ran
Surprised she found Him teaching
Like no ordinary man

She can hear the driving nails upon the Hillside
And she prays that His spirit will not fail
She watches as a young man undertakes His Fathers Will
As she stands and listens to the driving nails

Darkness covered all the land
In the middle of the day
She began to tremble
As the earth began to quake
Hammers, nails and timbers of the Carpenters trade
Made the sound that pierced her soul
As the Cross was being raised

She can hear the driving nails upon the Hillside
And she prays that His spirit will not fail
She watches as a young man undertakes His Fathers Will
As she stands and listens to the driving nails

And she cries and listens to the driving nails

 

New Post – 26.03.20.  Spiritual Reflection, https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/Guidance%20on%20Spiritual%20Communion%20and%20Coronavirus.pdf

Prayer for Covid 19

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

For the Christian community

We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.