We are not able to gather physically to worship today. However, we remember that although we may be apart, we can still worship together. Here are some resources and suggestions to help you worship at home and join together as the body of Christ.
We have recorded a short act of worship for Easter 6 / Rogation Sunday which you can watch below. The order of service is available for download so you can follow along.
Thanks to all our farmers who sent us photos, videos and contributions for our worship today. Thank you to the Holland, House, Frampton, Doble, and Hardwill families.
The readings for Easter 6 are:
- Acts 17:22-31
- Psalm 66:7-end
- 1 Peter 3:13-end
- John 14:15-21
Collect for 6th Sunday of Easter
who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ
have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:
grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help
we may bring them to good effect; through Jesus Christ our risen
Lord, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Please join us for Zoom coffee at 10am on Sunday. Make your coffee and then click the link to join us. If you want to recreate the true church experience, then watch the worship first.
The music below was recorded by the Director of Music at St Mary’s Beaminster, Martin Schellenberg. It was recorded on the organ at Hamdon Community Arts Project, within a few steps of his front door.
Hymn 63 – Blest are the pure in heart : Tune – Franconia
Hymn 314 – Lord of beauty, thine the splendour : Tune – Regent Square
Adagio in D major – Charles Wood
Concerto No 3 : Allegro – J. G. Walther
Blest are the pure in heart
Blest are the pure in heart,
for they shall see our God;
the secret of the Lord is theirs,
their soul is Christ’s abode.
The Lord, who left the heavens
our life and peace to bring,
to dwell in lowliness with men,
their pattern and their king;
Still to the lowly soul
he doth himself impart,
and for his dwelling and his throne
chooseth the pure in heart.
Lord, we thy presence seek;
may ours this blessing be;
give us a pure and lowly heart,
a temple meet for thee.
Lord of beauty, thine the splendour
Lord of beauty, thine the splendor
shown in earth and sky and sea,
burning sun and moonlight tender,
hill and river, flower and tree:
lest we fail our praise to render
touch our eyes that they may see.
Lord of wisdom, whom obeying
mighty waters ebb and flow,
while unhasting, undelaying,
planets on their courses go:
in thy laws thyself displaying,
teach our minds thyself to know.
Lord of life, alone sustaining
all below and all above,
Lord of love, by whose ordaining
sun and stars sublimely move:
in our earthly spirits reigning,
lift our hearts that we may love.
Lord of beauty, bid us own thee,
Lord of truth, our footsteps guide,
till as Love our hearts enthrone thee,
and, with vision purified,
Lord of all, when all have known thee,
thou in all art glorified.
We would love to hear from you with pictures, stories, updates, questions about your current experiences of lockdown, and how you are continuing to worship.
Send them to email@example.com if you are happy for them to be mentioned in worship in the next few weeks. Perhaps a snap of your place of worship – garden, sitting room, bed? Or you in your worship attire: PJs, gardening clothes, best dress, and hat? And what about pets who worship? Anyone joined by their dog, cat, pony, llama?
We’d love to be able to share our church community experience with each other.
Sunday Worship continues on Radio 4 every week https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qnds
There is also worship at 10.45am this week on BBC1 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000h05p
Worship is also available from Salisbury Cathedral via their YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/SalisburyCathedral1
Some music to supplement our worship today:
An anthem by Thomas Tallis based on the words of the Gospel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WSe0kv6lCU
A modern worship version of the blessing from Numbers 6:24-26