26 May 2020
Thought for the Week
For many of us, being in church is a really important part of how we pray and feel connected with God. There’s a risk to our spiritual health (as there is to our mental and emotional wellbeing) caused by our separation from the building and from each other. These days between Ascension Day (when we remember Jesus completing his physical work and going back to his Father) and Pentecost (when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, God who is always with us) is traditionally a time we focus on prayer. So we’re offering each day a #placetopray on Facebook and YouTube – a short video by us or another local cleric on places we find it helpful to pray or prayer techniques we find useful. Have a look, and if you feel able share your own photos of your praying place or your tips about what works for you on the Facebook page. If you have ideas or photos to share but aren’t on Facebook please email Philip and he will put it up. If you aren’t on the Internet, you can still have a think about where and when you feel close to God. Our building and our being together are so important to us, we miss it, and we long for the day when we can return to worship there together. In the meantime, think about your own #placetopray, and make sure you spend a little time each day saying your prayers and connecting with God.
Worshipping and Praying at Home
Our website www.earleystpeters.org.uk/resources/ contains ways to pray at home and links to live-streams of services as well as radio and television worship. Do also keep checking on our Facebook page and YouTube channel for regular reflections and worship.
- Philip led our Ascension Day Service which is available here and here.
- Hannah led last Sunday’s Sermon and Prayers which is available here and here.
- Our Tots and Teddies service takes place live on our Facebook page at 10.15am on Wednesdays, and is then available to watch again – last week’s is here or here.
- Weekly School Assemblies will be online on Tuesdays, last week’s is here or here.
We’ve been starting to use a computer programme called Zoom for some of our services and activities. The main advantage of Zoom is that it is a chance for us to hear and see one another and smile at each other, rather than just watching someone else on a screen! You will need a computer, tablet, or phone with a microphone and speakers (these may well be built in), and if you want to be seen, a camera. We will put in the email details of how to join Zoom services and events. When you click on the Zoom link or enter the password, you will be held in a ‘Waiting Room’ and one of the clergy will let you in. You don’t need the Zoom app, but if you would like to download it to your computer, tablet, or phone, click here.
We know there has been some media reporting about security problems with Zoom, but we have taken all the steps we can to make sure it is as safe and secure as possible. Mary in the Parish Office would be happy to try and help anyone who is having trouble accessing Zoom.
Coffee and Midday Prayer
11am till 12 noon Wednesday 27th May
A chance to chat and see each other (bring your own coffee!). For details of how to join, contact us.
Friday 29th May, 9-9.20am
For details of how to join, contact us.
Sunday 31st May – Pentecost
At 10am on Pentecost Sunday we will live-stream All-Age Worship on Facebook. Why not wear something red as we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit?
Afterwards we are all invited to Coffee on Zoom. (You will need to bring your own coffee!) For details of how to join, contact us.
In our prayers please
- pray for the guidance and peace of God’s Spirit for us and our leaders;
- pray for those whose are anxious about their job or business;
- remember the departed, among them Paul Merrison and Keith Tillin, their families and friends.
Quote of the week
The dove descending breaks the air
With flame of incandescent terror
Of which the tongues declare
The one discharge from sin and error.
The only hope, or else despair
Lies in the choice of pyre of pyre-
To be redeemed from fire by fire. T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)
Please let Philip know if you have words, pictures, or poetry you think others may find helpful.
Prayer for the week
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your people:
and kindle in us the fire of your love.
As always this comes with our love and prayers,
Hannah & Philip
The Reverends Hannah and Philip Hobday, parish priests
firstname.lastname@example.org, 0118 966 8575
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A number of you have been in touch to say you’ve found it very moving to hear a ‘Virtual Evensong’ sung by the Rodolfus Foundation, click here to listen.