Church Readings: 14th February 2021

Sunday Before Lent & Ash Wednesday

Here is the pew sheet and readings for this Sunday and for Ash Wednesday.

Revd. Paul has arranged services for Ash Wednesday and other activities for Lent. These are included below for the benefit of those who didn’t receive them previously. You can contact Paul either on 01327 260204 or at paul.trathen@btopenworld.com if you would like to participate in the services or activities.

ASH WEDNESDAY

A short service of preparation for Lent – online, via the Zoom app – will be held twice on that day, to enable greater access for many: 10.00am and 6.00pm starts. The service will provide opportunity for prayerful self-examination and commitment. Revd. Paul will write early next week, giving joining instructions for these services, and also offering a little training video, showing you how to prepare some ashes at home, for use during this service.

The day before Ash Wednesday is, of course, Shrove Tuesday. The rather ancient term “shrove” refers to the confession of our sins before God, and of God forgiving us those sins confessed, and reconciling us to Himself. If you would like to request some time with your parish priest, to lead you through a time of private confession and reconciliation, please do send an email, privately: he will be available to hear confessions on both Monday 15 February and (Shrove) Tuesday 16 February.] {Please note the phrase ‘All may, none must, some should’ which rather sums up the Church of England’s perspective on private confession.}

LENT COURSE

A study in the Letter to the Hebrews.  Led by our diocesan bishop, +Donald, we will gather for an online (Zoom) experience on each Wednesday evening of the season. There will be seven sessions, in total, starting at 7.30pm each evening, concluding at 9.10pm (ie 80 minutes). First session Ash Wednesday, final session Wednesday of Holy Week (31 March). These gatherings will be lead byRevd. Paul and Lesley Palmer, our Lay Minister. He prays that many of you will choose to commit this time to ‘go deeper with God’, this Lent and will writeagain, with fuller details, and Zoom invitations, in due course.

‘VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE’

Revd Paul will lead a pilgrimage in the footsteps of Jesus – latterly, focusing upon his Passion and Crucifixion – using photographs and video recordings made during his own pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2018, alongside readings of scripture, music and prayers and using Zoom, Powerpoint and various media players as a platform for our sharing.

He will offer these reflection experiences on Sunday mornings at 10.00am, commencing 21 February, running through Lent, and with additional services during Holy Week.
More details, and invitations, in due course.

Pew Sheet 14th February

Pew sheet 14.2.2021

Download the 14th February Pew Sheet

Pew Sheet Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday 2021 prayersheet

 

Download the Ash Wednesday Pew Sheet

The Church In Lockdown

Some churches in the benefice are also open for private prayer. See notices outside each church for days and times.

The Church of England has a free dial-in worship service to bring prayer to people’s homes while churches are closed because of the corona virus pandemic.

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.

The national line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.

CofE "Hope" phone: 0800 804 8044

 

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