The service for this coming Sunday was shot in St Gregory’s, Seaton, and is a return to the regular format after a couple of “specials”; Rogation and Ascension. Next Sunday we reach Pentecost, the birthday of the Church.
Ascension Day is probably the smallest big occasion in the Church’s year. It’s one that easily slips by without being noticed, or missed. I think that’s a pity. So, here’s a short service for Thursday.
Here’s a short message for the Churches of Honiton Deanery (that’s us) prepared by Bishop Jackie. I would have included it with Sunday’s service, but that was already long enough. It is well worth watching.
Our service this Sunday is something a little different, and a little longer.
Rogation is a counterbalance to Harvest. Traditionally communities would “beat the bounds” together, renewing a sense of identity and praying for the harvest of land, sea, craft and industry. At St Michael’s, Beer, we maintain a Rogation tradition. Beginning in our church building we move, in stages, through the village and ending at the beach. Through our prayers and reflection Rogation can be a powerful reminder of all the many different people and resources which keep our life supplied and plentiful, and so it can be an antidote to self-centredness.
As an added bonus, you get to hear the vicar sing on the video. I can only apologise.
Here’s a service for this coming Sunday, both as a text and as a video. Please feel free to share these with others, especially those not able to access the internet. The talk on the video and in the text are different. Well, when there’s two good ideas and you can’t decide…
It’s now 75 years since the guns fell silent over Europe and the work of rebuilding and reconciliation began. The youngest serving soldiers from that war are now well into their nineties, and we will not have their living memory with us for many more years. It had been hoped to make a long weekend of remembrance and thanksgiving. Despite the limitations imposed on these planned events, it is right that we should still quiet ourselves and give thanks for peace.
As well as the other means of marking this occasion, here is a simple video using some of the prayers and words prepared previously for this time: https://vimeo.com/415969303
Heard of Stations of the Cross? Well, this is Stations of the Resurrection. The cross was never meant to be a stop-off point, but more a door through to the next stage of the story. Here we follow 17 stations which take the story on.
It’s quite long, and (I hope) quite thought provoking. So, I’d suggest using the video a bit at a time. Stop when you need to, and return when you’re ready.