WEEK FOUR

Livestreamed and Recorded Services

The Worshipping Community of Saint George’s gather together to adore and praise God, to pray for the Church, the world, for all people, and to spend time together as friends.

Perhaps, in these difficult and daunting times, you feel nervous about meeting with others, or are continuing to isolate in your home.  Or perhaps you are beginning to ask questions about your faith and want to know more about the Church and what public worship is like.  Or there may be other reasons you find yourself looking at this page.

For whatever reason God has led you this page, we are pleased to be able to offer you our recorded acts of Worship and invite you to join us for our livestreamed services.  In time, we hope you will be able to join us in person for our worship here at Saint George’s, where you will receive a warm welcome.

PALM SUNDAY

The Parish Eucharist for the day can be viewed here

During the current lockdown, to ensure everyone’s safety, we are only gathering for 10 a.m. Sunday and 9.15 a.m. Wednesday communal worship.

 Lent Reflection 

Introduction

 Due to continued Covid-19 restrictions, we cannot gather physically to make our annual pilgrimage through the season of Lent.  We can, however, make a spiritual pilgrimage alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Each week, I have selected a theme or focus from either the Collect or the Sunday’s Gospel passage for us to focus on, and offer a simple reflection.  There is an extract from the Revised Catechism of the Church of England, and for those viewing this on line, there is a link to a Gospel Imprint leaflet (gospelimprint.com) each week, offering further material for you to reflect upon.

Each week, you might like to reflect on the prayer and reading, and upon the theme.  Here are some questions to get you going….

In light of the Collect and readings:

Did anything inspire you?

Was any of what you read troubling?

How do they speak to you of God? Jesus?

How might they shape your faith and life?

 

Week 6 The death of the Messiah

 Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 Scripture Mark 14.1-15.47

 Reflection

Jesus didn’t have to die.  Humanity could have said, ‘Yes’ and responded well to God.  Or Jesus could have rejected His mission.

Jesus died for love’s sake.  He died because He loved His Father, Who loves His creation.  God allowed His Son’s death but did not desire it.  Christ’s death atoned (made amends) for human sin and heals our broken relationship with God.

By accepting death, Jesus stands alongside us.  He fights Satan for us in human flesh.  In our worship, we say, ‘Lord, by Your cross and resurrection, You have set us free….’  Freedom from sin and the devil, doubt and fear, despair and hopelessness.  By His death, Jesus gives us strength and hope, comfort and peace.  Again, in our worship we pray, ‘Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world, grant us your peace.’

God became fully human, enabling us to live in the fullness of life.  Humanity rejected Him and tried to destroy Him.  Yet through Christ’s death, death has lost its sting.  Satan has lost his power.  We have nothing to fear, so we can live as God intended us to – to His praise and glory, loving Him and each other.

 

The Revised Catechism of the Church of England tells us The Church teaches that, for our salvation, God the Son became man and died for our sins; that he was raised victorious over death and was exalted to the throne of God as our advocate and intercessor; and that he will come as our judge and saviour.

 

10-11.14-Who is Jesus.pdf (gospelimprint.com)