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Blessing for Easter Online Worship

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Music: Rapture by iiO; Valtare by Sigur Ros

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The Lord be with you
and also with you

Bow your heads and pray for God’s blessing.

May almighty God bless you on this solemn feast of Easter,
and may he protect you against all sin.


Through the resurrection of his Son, God has granted us healing.
May he fulfill his promises, and bless you with eternal life.


You have mourned for Christ’s sufferings;
now you celebrate the joy of his resurrection.
May you come with joy to the feast which lasts for ever.


May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


Go in the light & peace of Christ
Thanks be to God

Regina cæli, lætare, alleluia:
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia,
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia,
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

Joy to thee, O Queen of Heaven. Alleluia!
He whom Thou wast meet to bear. Alleluia!
As He promised hath arisen. Alleluia!
Pour for us to God thy prayer. Alleluia!
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia.

Let us pray:

O God, who through the resurrection of Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ
didst vouchsafe to give joy to the world:
grant, we beseech thee, that through His Mother, the Virgin Mary,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers for the Watch of the Blessed Sacrament

In the rush and noise of life, as you have intervals, step within yourselves and be still. Wait upon God and feel his good presence; this will carry you through your day’s business.

William Penn (1644-1718)

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways!
Reclothe us in our rightful mind;
In purer lives your service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.
Drop your still dews of quietness
Till all our strivings cease:
Take from our lives the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of your peace.

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)

0 Lord, my God, grant us your peace;
already, indeed, you have made us rich in all things!
Give us that peace of being at rest,
that sabbath peace, the peace which knows no end.

St Augustine (334-430)

O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life,
until the shades lengthen and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over,
and our work is done.
Then, Lord, in your great mercy grant us safe lodging,
a holy rest and peace at last,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Cardinal Newman

Watch, dear Lord, with those who wake, or watch or weep tonight,
and give your angels charge over those who sleep;
Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ, rest your weary ones,
bless your dying ones, soothe your suffering ones,
pity your afflicted ones, shield your joyous ones,
and all for your love’s sake.

St Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

May the Light of lights come
To my dark heart from thy place;
My the Spirit’s wisdom come
To my heart’s tablet from my Saviour.
Be the peace of the Spirit mine this night,
Be the peace of the Son mine this night,
Be the peace of the Father mine this night,
The peace of all peace be mine this night,
Each morning and evening of my life.

Celtic Prayer

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

I place myself in the presence of Him, in whose Incarnate Presence I am before. I place myself there.

I adore Thee, O my Saviour, present here as God and man, in soul and body, in true flesh and blood.

I acknowledge and confess that I kneel before that Sacred Humanity, which was conceived in Mary’s womb and lay in Mary’s bosom; which grew up to man’s estate, and by the Sea of Galilee called the Twelve, wrought miracles, and spoke words of wisdom and peace; which in due season hung on the cross, lay in the tomb, rose from the dead, and now reigns in heaven.

I praise, and bless, and give myself wholly to Him, Who is the true Bread of my soul, and my everlasting joy.

(John Henry Newman)

Hail to Thee, True Body

(A Prayer to our Eucharistic Lord)

Hail to thee, true body born
From Virgin Mary’s womb!
The same that on the cross was nailed
And bore for man the bitter doom.

Thou, whose side was pierced and flowed
Both with water and with blood;
Suffer us to taste of thee,
In our life’s last agony.

O kind, O loving one!
O sweet Jesus, Mary’s Son!

Matthew 26


36Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

40Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

42He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

43When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46Rise, let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Jesus Arrested

47While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.

50Jesus replied, “Friend, do what you came for.”[d

Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

52“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”

55At that time Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

Mark 14


32They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34“My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”

35Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

37Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? 38Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

39Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.

41Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Jesus Arrested

43Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.

44Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. 46The men seized Jesus and arrested him. 47Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

48“Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? 49Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” 50Then everyone deserted him and fled.

51A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, 52he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.

Luke 22

Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives

39Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.[c

45When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46“Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

Jesus Arrested

47While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, 48but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

49When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” 50And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.

51But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.

52Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? 53Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour—when darkness reigns.”

John 18

Jesus Arrested

1When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was an olive grove, and he and his disciples went into it.

2Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. 3So Judas came to the grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.

4Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”

5“Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.

“I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) 6When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

7Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?”
And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

8“I told you that I am he,” Jesus answered. “If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” 9This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.”[a

10Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)

11Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”

you understand me
you know my every thought
my brain is not a mystery to you.
Enter into my mind, Lord
Guide and direct my thoughts.
Be before me when I speak,
Be beside me when I act
Be within me when I listen
That I might possess
The wisdom born of love
For you are love
The love which understands
Everything. Amen

Frank Topping, 20th Century

My Lord
And my God

John 20:28

O most sacred redeemer,
Give us wisdom to recognise you,
Intelligence to understand you,
Diligence to seek you,
Patience to wait for you,
Eyes to see you,
Hearts to meditate on you
And lives to proclaim you,
Through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ Our Lord.

Benedict of Nursia 6th C

Lord, you are the bread if life
and the well of holiness
Just as you feed us day by day
With the food that sustains our bodies
Keeping us alive on earth,
We pray that you will feed our souls
With the spiritual bread of eternity,
Making us ready for heaven.
Just as you satisfy our bodily thirst
With cool water from the rivers and streams
We pray that you will pour the waters
Of holiness into our souls,
Making our every work and action
A joyful sign of your love

Basil of Caesarea 6th C

Stay with us, Lord Jesus,
So that we shall begin to shine as you shine,
As a light to others.
The light will be all from you
It will be you who shine through us upon others
Give light to them as well as to us;
Light them with us, through us.
Help us to witness to you without preaching;
Not by words but by example
And by the sympathetic influence of what we do;
By our visible resemblance to your saints
And the evident fullness of our love for you.

JH Newman 19th C

Father, I abandon myself into your hands;
do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me,
and in all Your creatures –
I wish no more than this, O Lord.

Into your hands I commend my soul;
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you Lord,
and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands,
without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,

For you are my Father.

Charles de Foucault, 20th Century

Resurrection – Rob Bell

Jesus is standing in front of the temple in Jerusalem
the massive gleaming brick and stone and gold house of God
and he says destroy this temple
and I’ll rebuild it in three days

the people listening to him said
how are you going to do that?
it took 46 years to build this temple!

but he wasn’t talking about that temple
he’s talking about himself

he essentially says, listen
I’m going to be killed
that’s where this is headed
because you don’t confront corrupt systems of power
without paying for it
sometimes with your own blood

and so he’s headed to his execution

if you had witnessed this divine life extinguished on a cross
how would you not be overwhelmed with despair?

is the world ultimately a cold, hard, dead place?
does death have the last word?
is it truly, honestly, actually dark
and so whatever light we do see
whatever good we do stumble upon
are those just blips on the radar?
momentary interruptions in an otherwise meaningless existence?
because if that’s the case then despair is the
only reasonable response

it’s easy to be cynical

but Jesus says destroy this temple and I’ll rebuild it

he insists that his execution would not be the end
he’s talking about something new and unexpected
happening after his death
he’s talking about resurrection

resurrection announces that God has not given up on the world
because this world matters

this world that we call home
dirt and blood and sweat and skin and light and water
this world that God is redeeming and restoring and renewing

greed and violence and abuse they are not right
and they cannot last
they belong to death and death does not belong

resurrection says that what we do with our lives matters

in this body
the one that we inhabit right now
every act of compassion matters

every work of art that celebrates the good and the true matters

every fair and honest act of business and trade

every kind word

they all belong and they will all go on in God’s good world

nothing will be forgotten
nothing will be wasted
it all has it’s place
everybody believes something
everybody believes somebody

Jesus invites us to trust resurrection
that every glimmer of good
every hint of hope
every impulse that elevates the soul
is a sign, a taste, a glimpse
of how things actually are
and how things will ultimately be

resurrection affirms this life and the next
as a seamless reality
and saved by God

there is an unexpected mysterious presence
who meets each of us in our lowest moments
when we have no strength when we have nothing left
and we can’t go on we hear the voice that speaks those

destroy this temple and I’ll rebuild it

do you believe this?

that’s the question Jesus asked then
and that’s the question he asks now

Jesus’ friends arrive at his tomb and they’re told
“he isn’t here”

you didn’t see that coming, did you?
he’s isn’t here

there is nothing to fear
and nothing can ever be the same again
we are living in a world in the midst of rescue
with endless unexpected possibilities

they will take my life and I will die Jesus says
but that will not be the end
and when you find yourself assuming that it’s over
when it’s lost, gone, broken and it could never be
put back together again,
when it’s been destroyed and you swear that it could never
be rebuilt

hold on a minute
because in that moment
things will in fact have just begun


<< That’s the Easter Homily sorted then!

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Blessed Holy Week

A Multimedia Eucharist for Holy Week 2013

Theme: Lent and Holy Week

As people come into the sacred space, acting as a sort of gatekeeper, the celebrant is on the floor in the centre with a bowl and towels. Feet are washed as people enter as a rite of preparation and they are given a paper cross with “You are now prepared” printed on it.

Video: Call to Worship =””

Relax your body…
Open your mind…
Engage your spirit…
This is the house of God
Prepare to worship.

Life is an indescribable gift
Our worship is a celebration of that gift
(And of the giver)
In our worship we have rediscovered
God’s marvellous affirmation of life.

Tonight we invite you to bring all that you are
Into worship:
Your struggles and failures,
Your joys and fears,
Your faith and your doubts.
Your culture,
Your sensuality,
Your whole self.

Bring your self and be at home now
God is here
And all are welcome

Jonny Baker

Liturgical Greeting

Video: liturgical greeting

In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit

Grace, Mercy and Peace from God, our Father, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit be with you all
And also with you

Words of introduction from the celebrant to begin the journey

Penitential Rite

Video: Why does my heart feel so sad?

 Ritual: write in felt pens on the crosses and bring them forward to be shredded

At the end: “You are forgiven” is shown on screen as the priest pronounces the absolution over the crosses

Our Lord Jesus Christ, who has left power to his Church to absolve all sinners who truly repent and believe in him, in his great mercy forgive you your offences: and by his authority given to me, I absolve you from all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Lord has put away your sins, and pray for me, a sinner also


Word: Collect

Audio: Spooky Mysterious

God our Father,
help us to hear your Son.
Enlighten us with your word,
that we may find the way to your glory.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Video:  Isaiah 53 =”″

The Lord has laid the iniquity of us all upon him.


GOD so loved the world that he GAVE his only son so that all who believe in him may have ETERNAL LIFE


Video: Cup of Suffering =””

On the altar is a chalice with red wine vinegar in it. No mention is made of this. The people come forward to taste of “the cup of suffering”


Video: You got the love intercessions



In the dark catacombs, sheltering from persecution and the sword, the faithful met to bring Christ into their midst. They greeted their brothers and sisters in baptism with a kiss of peace, a further communion, a closer unity as community, and they share something special, unique and holy.

The peace of the Lord be always with you
And also with you

Let us offer one another a sign of God’s peace.

The peace is shared. Video: Airport Peace


Pray my dear friends that this our sacrifice will be acceptable to almighty God, our heavenly Father

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for our good and the good of all his church


Preface & Eucharistic Prayer

Source Text: John 17

Video: =””

Ritual: we gather in a large circle close to the altar and lolling around

Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.

The Lord be with you
And also with you

Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give thanks and praise

This is the real and eternal life:
That all may know you,
the one and only true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.

He glorified you on earth
by completing down to the last detail
what you assigned him to do.

And now, Father, glorify us with your very own splendour,
the very splendour Christ had in your presence
before there was a world.

Christ spelled out your character in detail
to the men and women you call in faith.
They took it, and were convinced
that Christ came from God,
believed that you sent him,
and Christ’s life is on display in them.

Your word is a consecrating truth:
in the same way that Christ was given a mission in the world,
so we are given a mission in the world.
our goal to become one heart and mind,

just as you, Father, are in Christ and Christ in the Father
so that the world might believe that the heavenly Father,
in fact, sent his only Son.

So joining with all the company of heaven: the angel and saints, prophets, patriarchs and Our Blesséd Lady, we join in the prayers of heaven

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might
Heaven and earth are full of your glory, Hosanna in the Highest
Blesséd is he, Blesséd is he, who comes in the name of the Lord
Hosanna in the Highest!

Blessed are you,
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Father of all mercy and God of all consolation.
Send now the Comforter and Helper into our midst, your Holy Spirit,
to fill these gifts of bread and wine with your life,
so that they may be for us
the +body and blood of your beloved Son.

We can no longer forget
how he became one with us in suffering and death,
he who was totally one with you,
as he came to fulfil your will.

So, on the night he was handed over,
he took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many
for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.

As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we taste and proclaim the mystery of faith:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
Make us one as you are one.

Until your Son comes again,
we do as he commanded us
by celebrating the memorial
of the passion, resurrection and ascension of your Christ.

He always lives before you as our high priest,
interceding for us
and bringing his only and perfect sacrifice
before you on our behalf.

Send the Spirit on your Church,
and guide it into all truth,
so that with Our Blesséd Lady Mary, the mother of our Lord, all your saints,
and all people on earth
whom you have entrusted to your Son,
we may inherit the Kingdom and share in the glory
of Jesus Christ our Saviour;

by X whom, and with X whom, and in X whom,
in the unity of the Holy X Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, X almighty Father,
forever and ever.  Amen

Lord’s Prayer

Video:  Lord’s Prayer Challenge

Audio: Rimsky-Korsakoff Our Father from Mirfield.

Our Father in heaven.


Don’t say ‘Father’ if you do not behave like a son or daughter. Don’t say ‘Our’ if you only think of your self.


Hallowed by your name


Don’t say ‘Hallowed’ if you do not honour that name.


Your Kingdom come


Don’t say ‘Your Kingdom come’ if you are weighed down with material goods  



Your will be done On earth as in heaven


Don’t say ‘Thy will be done’ if you do not accept the hard bits


Don’t say ‘as it is in heaven’ if you only think about earthly matters


Give us this day our daily bread


Don’t say ’Our daily bread’ if you have no concern for the hungry or the homeless

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who against us


Don’t say ‘Forgive us our sins’ if you remain angry with someone

Lead us not into temptation


Don’t say ‘Lead us not into temptation’ if you intend to continue sinning


But deliver us from evil


Don’t say ‘Deliver us from evil if you are not willing to make a stand against injustice


For the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen


Don’t say ‘AMEN’ without considering the words of your prayer!


We break this bread to share in the body of Christ

Though we are many, we are one body

Because we all share in the one bread

Agnus Dei

Video: Behold the Lamb – CJM


Prayer of the Heart Video during the distribution of communion.

Post Communion Prayer

Audio: Spooky Mysterious

we give thanks for these holy mysteries
which bring to us here on earth
a share in the life to come,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing and Dismissal

Video: A Glimmer of Hope

…and the blessing of God Almighty,
+Father, Son & Holy Spirit be upon you
and remain with you always


Video: Endmusic Polyphonic


Collective Worship – Introducing Holy Week & focus on Palm Sunday

Our Holy Week in School begins this Friday with this act of Collective Worship and is continued into more whole school worship on Monday and Tuesday, taking them from Palm Sunday to Resurrection day by day.

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Gathering: Video from the Miracle Maker, music “Theme from American Beauty”

The path of Holy Week: Palm Sunday, Last Supper, Gethsemene, Arrest, Crucifixion and Resurrection – what we will follow this week

Palm Sunday – retell as through the eyes of one who was there – Music “Hosanna to the Son of David – Community of the Resurrection”

From shouts of praise to shouts of condemnation

Are we prepared to stand up against the crowd for what is right?


Lord’s Prayer


Recessional – Matt Maher “Your Love is Extravagent”

Pope Francis – what's in a name?

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I think this slideshow explains pretty clearly what I am going to say. Thank you to Mother Julia and Katy for pointing out the damn obvious when I was stuck.

My error about Xavier is now corrected.

Principles for 21st Century Ministry

Joi Ito, head of the MIT Media Lab has published some thinking about Principles for 21st Century thinking, which has brought me to think more carefully about the way in which I am trying and failing in parish ministry and most importantly missional practice. Some of these principles map directly into ways in which I/we should be doing ministry and mission in new contexts and I think I need to dwell on these deeply. Much of it means unpicking the notion of self in ministry, and my own ego which so often gets in the way of the work of God.

The principles are these:

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  1. Resilience instead of strength, which means you want to yield and allow failure and you bounce back instead of trying to resist failure.
  2. You pull instead of push. That means you pull the resources from the network as you need them, as opposed to centrally stocking them and controlling them.
  3. You want to take risk instead of focusing on safety.
  4. You want to focus on the system instead of objects.
  5. You want to have good compasses not maps.
  6. You want to work on practice instead of theory. Because sometimes you don’t why it works, but what is important is that it is working, not that you have some theory around it.
  7. It’s disobedience instead of compliance. You don’t get a Nobel Prize for doing what you are told. Too much of school is about obedience, we should really be celebrating disobedience.
  8. It’s the crowd instead of experts.
  9. It’s a focus on learning instead of education.

I’m going to contemplate this over Holy Week.

Of particular resonance to me is (1) about allowing failure (2) not being the fount of all knowledge and activity in the parish (6) the mystery of God and his sacramental signs (7) nobody really knows how mission works and what works in West London doesn’t work here in North East Plymouth (8) ekklesia (9) shared journey of faith

Your thoughts appreciated.

Holy Week 2013 in the Roborough Team Ministry, Plymouth

Holy Week 2013

If you can’t see the graphic:

Palm Sunday 24th March Parish Mass with Reading of the Passion In each church at usual times
Silver Service 1600 S. Anne
Blessed: Holy Week 1900 S. Anne
Holy Mon 25th March Mass with Stations of the Cross 1900 S. Anne
Holy Tues 26th March Mass with Compline 1900 S. Edward
Holy Weds 27th March Mass with Compline 1900 S. Mary
Maundy Thurs 28th March Mass of the Lord’s Supper 1900 S. Mary
Watch of the Blessed Sacrament 2030-0000 S. Mary
Good Friday 29th March All Age Good Friday 1000 S. Cecilia
Stations of the Cross 1200 S. Mary
Meditation 1300 S. Mary
Liturgy of the Passion 1400 S. Mary
Holy Sat 30th March Easter Vigil 2000 S. Mary
Easter Day 31st March Mass of Easter In each church at usual times

Our usual Church times:

S. Anne’s Glenholt, Glenholt Road : Sunday 9am

S. Edward, King & Martyr, Shaugh Prior : Sunday 9.30am

S. Cecilia’s Woolwell, Bickleigh Down CE Primary School, School Drive, Woolwell : Sunday 10.30am with Sunday School

S. Mary the Virgin, Bickleigh : 11am

Collective Worship – Mothering Sunday – God's Personal Touch


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The Impersonal Touch

Petrol Pumps, doors, elevators, recorded messages, everything is impersonal—difficult to speak to a real person. Having recorded voices and interactive messages may, at times, make it more efficient, but it certainly isn’t personal! We can’t replace personal interaction with recorded messages, we can’t replace electronic communication with face to face contact. Can you imagine if we took it to its extreme—we would never leave the house or meet another person again! We need the personal touch, we need relationships and friendships, we need real people.

The Personal Touch

God gives us people who are close to us, who care for us, who love us,: family, friends etc. Today we think of one person in particular: our mothers—or those who mother us: those people who have nurtured us and supported us as we have grown up, people who have given us what we need, people who have looked after us, looked out for us.

God’s Personal Touch: Mary and the Church

When God came into the world in Jesus a mother was carefully chosen in the person of Mary. Jesus gave his mother to us as he hung upon the cross, which is why, for so many Christians, she has a special place in the life of the Church. The church too is like a mother to us, because it is where we are nurtured in the Christian faith, where we receive the love and support of others and where we discover the personal touch of Jesus in our lives.

So today we thank God for the personal touch.

We thank God for our mothers
We thank God for Mary the mother of Jesus
We thank God for the Church which is like a mother
We thank God for the many different ways in which we have received love and comfort, support and value.


thank you for our mothers
and all who help us in any way.
Help us to value the people in our lives
and all the gifts you give us. Amen.

 The Lord’s Prayer


School Mass: Lent 3

School Mass


All Are Welcome (Marty Haugen)

Let us build a house
where love can dwell
And all can safely live,
A place where
saints and children tell
How hearts learn to forgive.
Built of hopes and dreams and visions,
Rock of faith and vault of grace;
Here the love of Christ shall end divisions;

All are welcome, all are welcome,
All are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where prophets speak,
And words are strong and true,
Where all God’s children dare to seek
To dream God’s reign anew.
Here the cross shall stand as witness
And a symbol of God’s grace;
Here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:

All are welcome, all are welcome,
All are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where all are named,
their songs and visions heard
and loved and treasured,
taught and claimed as words within the Word.
Built of tears and cries and laughter, prayers of faith and songs of grace,
let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:

All are welcome, all are welcome,
All are welcome in this place.

In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

The Lord be with you
and also with you

Penitential Rite

to the tune of Ba Ba Black sheep

Just like lost sheep we have gone astray
Done bad things and run away
So we come to say sorry
Make things better as you see
Loving Jesus make anew
Our lives so we can be like you.


to the tune of If you’re happy and you know it

You’re forgiven and you know it, so clap your hands
You’re forgiven and you know, so you really ought to show it,
You’re forgiven and you know it, so clap your hands

Jesus loves you and you know it, so stamp your feet
Jesus loves you and you know it, so you really ought to show it
Jesus loves you and you know it, so stamp your feet

If you believe that God forgives you, say “We do” “We do”
When you say that you are sorry, you no longer have to worry
God takes away your sin, so say “Amen”. Amen!


Let us pray…

you have taught us to overcome our sins
by prayer, fasting and works of mercy.
When we are discouraged by our weakness,
give us confidence in your love.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Gospel Matthew 21:33-43,45-46

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people, ‘Listen to another parable. There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug a winepress in it and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad. When vintage time drew near he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his servants, thrashed one, killed another and stoned a third. Next he sent some more servants, this time a larger number, and they dealt with them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them. “They will respect my son” he said. But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, “This is the heir. Come on, let us kill him and take over his inheritance.” So they seized him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?’ They answered, ‘He will bring those wretches to a wretched end and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will deliver the produce to him when the season arrives.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the scriptures:

It was the stone rejected by the builders
that became the keystone.
This was the Lord’s doing
and it is wonderful to see?
‘I tell you, then, that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.’

When they heard his parables, the chief priests and the scribes realised he was speaking about them, but though they would have liked to arrest him they were afraid of the crowds, who looked on him as a prophet.

This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God


Christ is our peace.
He has reconciled us to God
in one body by the Cross.
We meet in his name and share his peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you

Let us offer one another a sign of peace

Pray, my brothers and sisters, that this our sacrifice may be acceptable to God the almighty Father.
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his Church.

Prayer over the gifts

by the grace of this sacrifice
may we who ask forgiveness
be ready to forgive one another.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.


The Lord be with you
and also with you

Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give thanks and praise

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Each year you give us this joyful season,
when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery
with mind and heart renewed.
You give us a spirit of loving reverence for you, our Father,
and of willing service to our neighbour.

As we recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ,
you bring the image of your Son to perfection within us.

Now, with the angels and archangels,
and the whole company of heaven,
we sing the unending hymn of your praise:

Holy, holy, holy Lord…

Father, on the night before he died,
Jesus shared a meal with his friends.
He took the bread, and thanked you.
He broke it, and gave it to them, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
Do this to remember me.

After the meal, Jesus took the cup of wine.
He thanked you, and gave it to them, saying:

Drink this, all of you.
This is my blood,
the new promise of God’s unfailing love.
Do this to remember me.

Christ is the bread of life:
When we eat this bread and drink this cup
we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus,
until you come in glory

Father, as we offer this bread and wine,
and remember his death and resurrection,
send your +Holy Spirit,
that we who share these gifts
may be fed by Christ’s body and his blood.

Pour your Spirit on us
that we may love one another,
work for the healing of the earth,
and share the good news of Jesus,
as we wait for his coming in glory.

For honour and praise belong to you, Father,
with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit:
one God, for ever and ever.

Lord’s Prayer

to the tune of Pop Goes the Weasel

Our Father, who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy na-a-ame.
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us all our si-i-ns
As we forgive
all those us who sin
or trespass against us

Let us not be drawn into
Any kind of temptation
Deliver us
from the evil one
Amen, Amen, Amen.

Agnus Dei

to the tune of three blind mice

Lamb of God, Lamb of God
You take away, the sin of the world
Have mercy on us, Lamb of God
Don’t let us stray away from the flock
You take away the sin of the world
So grant us peace

Come and eat, come and drink
You’re welcome here, come quite near
Share in his body and blood with us
It tastes like wine and bread but just
Know that inside it’s not like that
Share the food of God.

Post Communion

Let us pray…

in sharing this sacrament
may we receive your forgiveness
and be brought together in unity and peace.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Lord be with you
And also with you

Bow your heads and pray for God’s blessing

Christ give you grace to grow in holiness, to deny yourselves, take up your cross, and follow him;
…and the blessing of God Almighty, the +Father the Son and the Holy Spirit be upon you and remain
with you always

The Mass is ended.
Go in the Peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God