Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and following national advice from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York
ALL SERVICES OF PUBLIC WORSHIP ARE NOW CANCELLED
and all Churches are to remain LOCKED
An Act of Spiritual Communion is available by going to the 'Weekly Newsletter' in the services/events link.
We are also asked to LIGHT A CANDLE again this evening at 7.00pm
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It may seem odd whilst streaming a service live to Facebook to include all three readings, brevity being a virtue on such occasions! However, they really are all important and integral to tonight’s celebration. The reading from Exodus reminds us that the most important festival of the year for Jesus, his disciples and the Jewish people was the Passover, that night when they remembered how God brought them out of slavery in Egypt to a new life in the Promised Land. And it was in preparation for that great celebration that Jesus met with his disciples for that meal we now call ‘the Last Supper’. The Passover and its story of God’s redemption is forever the backdrop to our own greatest feast, Easter. The gospel reading is from John who does not record the institution of the Eucharist, the giving of bread and wine with the command, ‘do this in remembrance of me’, but rather speaks of Christ as servant, the servant King, kneeling to wash his disciples’ feet, ‘unless I wash you, you have no part in me’. This act of service is followed by the giving of the new Commandment, ‘Mandatum Novum’ in Latin, which is from where we get the name ‘Maundy’, ‘Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. So, finally, we keep Paul’s letter to the Corinthians reminding us why this night is so important to us, the very fount of all our worship of God, ‘For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.’ This we do tonight, on our own, separated from you by coronavirus, but in hope that we will do so together once again, in the not too distant future.