St Edmund of Canterbury, Hayes

worship at home

We are not able to meet to worship together in our church building, but we can all worship together at home.  Here are some resources to help you as a family to have your own service at home this Sunday.  Why don't we all do this at 10am on Sunday, our normal Sunday service time.

Sunday 5th April 2020  Palm Sunday 

Liturgy of the Palms: Readings: Matthew 21:1-11; Psalm 118:1-2,19-end

Liturgy of the Passion: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-18; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14-27:end

First Hymn: All glory, laud and honour:  

                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TTV6-yuCTg

COLLECT 

Almighty and everlasting God, who in your tender love towards the human race sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross: grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

The Sunday Readings Sheet from Redemptorist Press is available as a download pdf document here:   https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/_uploads/www.rpbooks.co.uk/A4BLUE5Palmsunday.pdf

Second Hymn: And Can it Be  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQeIGbKqiw8

Sermon

On this Palm Sunday we see again Jesus, the real man, who knowing the death that awaited him, had nevertheless set his face towards Jerusalem and goes to meet his destiny.

In fulfilment of the prophecy through Zechariah, written hundreds of years before Jesus was born, Jesus enters the city of king David, mounted like the king he is.  In  order for this to be done, God had told Jesus about the donkey and told the owner about Jesus. It is great when God pre-arranges your transport.  No matter what surprising events come our way, God speaks and prepares the way ahead of us.

As Jesus says, “The Time has come”.

God is waiting for us to respond at just the right moment.

As the King comes into the city so he brings the Kingdom of God into the here and now.

Because Jesus is the king he comes with authority and power.

Because he is good he comes to turn out evil.

Healing is part of the coming of the kingdom and Jesus enters the city and does wonderful things.

The children and those adults with a child-like faith get it. 

Earlier Jesus had said “I thank you Father that you have hidden these things from the wise and learned (so that they can find them out for themselves) and revealed them to little children.” 

Kids are great at seeing through what is sham, like in the fairy tale of the emperors new clothes it is the child who sees what no-one else will admit to seeing.

We are each invited to choose to be different.  To open our eyes and see the world in a fresh way.  It takes a change of mind, and a deliberate choice, a willingness to see and an open heart.

We are invited to dare to believe the good news

Jesus Kingdom is still here and growing, advancing.  Are we going to receive it like little children or reject it like the Pharisees and elders.

Prayers

Let us pray for the whole of Christ's Church throughout the world, that we may continue to worship God faithfully, love each other unitedly and witness to God's love in the world around us.

Let us pray for the nations of the world, for wisdom and courage for our leaders, for peace and provision for all in need.

Let us pray particularly for all those who work in healthcare, that they would be kept safe from harm, find strength to do their work and peace in their hearts.

Let us pray for healing for all who are sick, comfort for those who are dying and hope for those who are bereaved.

Let us pray as Jesus taught his disciples: Our Father, who art in heaven...


Third Hymn: Hosanna in the highest:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsLX3j-tzLI




Sunday 29th March 2020  5th Sunday of Lent 

Readings: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45

Collect

Most merciful God,

who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ

delivered us and saved the world;

grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross

we may triumph in the power of his victory;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

 

The Word of Faith Brings Life

This amazing eternal dynamic is explained and illustrated in our readings today – the Word of Faith brings Life – even eternal life.

In Isaiah 55 God, speaking through the prophet, says that He sends the word of life into the world and it achieves his purpose when it is received by faith, when it is truly heard.

In his letter to the Romans (chapter 10) Paul outlines how faith comes by hearing the message through the word of Christ so that in faith we can call on the name of the Lord and be saved.

Ezekiel has a vision in which he is commanded to prophesy, that is to speak God’s words over a valley full of dry bones.  As he does so the dry bones come together, are clothed in flesh and filled with the Spirit and come to life.  God promises his people that he will bring them up from their graves and bring them into the Promised Land.

In the reading from John’s gospel, Jesus comes to town and brings the Kingdom of God with him.  In this long narrative we see the faith building up from Thomas’ initial doubt and cynicism, through the “if only” of Mary and Martha.  Everyone it seemed believed that if only Jesus had been there he could have saved his friend from dying. Jesus words impart a greater level of faith. He commands that the stone be removed – an action of faith.  Until, in Jesus’ last miracle, Lazarus is raised to life at the Word of Jesus.  Jesus is the life and the Word. Many then put their faith in Jesus, although some responded with hatred.

We see in Lazarus a type of all Christians.  Just as Lazarus is literally and physically raised from death in the here and now, so we believe that the same God will raise us all from death.  If you belong to Jesus Christ, then his Spirit is in you, Christ himself is in you.  Even though our bodies are mortal the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead will raise us too. 

So Jesus rightly proclaims “I am the Resurrection and the Life!”  He is our Resurrection.  He is our Life.

Sunday 5th April 2020  Palm Sunday 

Liturgy of the Palms: Readings: Matthew 21:1-11; Psalm 118:1-2,19-end

Liturgy of the Passion: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-18; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14-27:end


Sunday 22nd March: 

1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-end

They say that “seeing is believing”.  Yet in today’s gospel reading we have a man who cannot see who comes to believe and sighted people who refuse to believe what is in front of their very eyes.

As Jesus and his disciples walk along they come across a man born blind.  The disciples ask why he was born blind.  In their theology it must have been either because God was punishing him or his parents.  Jesus corrects this false theology. The man is not blind because of the sin of his parents, nor because God is punishing him for his sins.  But God’s work and his will is revealed not in his blindness but in his healing.  Jesus heals him so that he can see for the first time in his life.  Later when he meets Jesus and looks on his face for the first time, he comes to faith and says “Lord, I believe!” and he worships him.

His physical sight is healed and his spiritual sight is opened so that he comes out of physical and spiritual darkness into the Light.

The Pharisees on the other hand are faced with this obvious and visible miracle, with the plain testimony of the man himself and his parents.  They investigate the healing miracle and yet refuse to accept the only obvious answer, that Jesus healed him by the power of God at work in and through him.

There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.

Paul, writing to the Ephesians, tells them that “once you were in darkness, but now in the Lord you are light.”  When we come to the Lord in faith, we come into the light and are able to see, with the eyes of faith, the spiritual realities that we could not see before we believed.

Jesus says “I came into this world for judgement so that those who do not see may see and those who do see may become blind.”

May we come to saving faith in Jesus Christ, and may our eyes be open to what God is doing in the world around us.

Collect for Fourth Sunday of Lent

Merciful Lord, absolve your people from their offences, that through your bountiful goodness we may all be delivered from the chains of those sins which by our frailty we have committed; grant this, heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit; one God, now and for ever. Amen.