Weekly comment from the Clergy

Third Sunday of Epiphany

23rd January 2021 

Grace, mercy and peace to you.

It is sometimes said that necessity is the mother of invention. And it is certainly the case that many of us have been forced to become more technically proficient since the coming of the pandemic. I would never claim to be at the cutting edge of progress but it is good that we are now able to do things which would have been impossible had the crisis arisen just a few years ago. Last Sunday for the first time Evening Prayer came live from St. Mark’s on zoom. The PCC met on Thursday and agreed that we should match technical innovation with theological invention. The upshot of this is that on Sundays (beginning tomorrow at 10am) Sheila and I will preside at the Eucharist at St. Mark’s. The service will be screened live on zoom and anyone who wishes to is invited to take bread and wine (a small glass of port or sherry would be ideal), to lift them up at the same time as the elements are blessed in church and to receive them accordingly. This idea is a very new one and there is, as yet, no theological consensus as to the status of the bread and wine. I can imagine it becoming the subject of prolonged arguments in synods for some time to come. But I think that rather misses the point. Worship on zoom is live and participatory. When we use it for Morning or Evening Prayer we are acknowledging the presence of the Holy Spirit who binds us together as the body of Christ even though we are scattered in our own homes. We cannot put limitations on the activity of the Spirit and therefore it is right to trust that, in this time of crisis, God will feed his people and nourish them with his grace, even if the means are slightly unusual. I do however stress that participation in the service does not require you to take bread and wine at home if you do not wish to do so. Some may prefer simply to join with the prayers and responses, listen to Sheila’s homily, and observe the Eucharist as it is celebrated in church.

The PCC also agreed that it would be wise to adopt a pattern of online worship as close as possible to that of our customary physical services. The new timetable of zoom worship and events with effect from tomorrow is therefore as follows:

Sunday 10am: The Eucharist (please join between 9.50 and 10.00am. It might not be easy to admit people after the service has begun. Everyone will be muted on arrival).

Sunday 6pm: Evening Prayer

Wednesday 10am: Morning Prayer followed by Coffee Morning at 10.30. (Those joining only for the Coffee Morning use the same zoom link or Meeting ID and Passcode as for Morning Prayer)

Friday 10am: Morning Prayer.

Attached to this mailing is an Order of Service for the Eucharist should you need it. The gradual psalm (128) will be used at both morning and evening services tomorrow and is found in the Daily Office for Epiphany attachment. The zoom link with Meeting ID and Passcode for all the services mentioned above can be found below this message. Please note that these will now remain valid for the next seven weeks. I will however reprint the numbers on each week’s pew sheet.

Apologies for the information overload in this week’s mailing! For something more spiritually nourishing please spend time with Sheila’s homily on the Wedding Feast at Cana, one of the great Epiphany stories and a reminder of the joy of God’s new creation. May that hope continue to sustain us all. Amen.

Topic: Sunday Eucharist
Time: Jan 24, 2021 10:00 AM London

Every week on Sun, until Mar 7, 2021, 7 occurrence(s)

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Weekly: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZMvcuqurjojGNP_KrMwcx6j_P2keNsAHiVO/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGvrD4pHNSUuRuARpwEAI_4b-7ziH5EjY1tozT3LjdQelX8CdIQObdRA_n4

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Meeting ID: 872 5360 1927
Passcode: 678129

Topic: Sunday Evening Prayer
Time: Jan 24, 2021 06:00 PM 

Every week on Sun, until Mar 7, 2021, 7 occurrence(s)

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Weekly: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZYkdOqvqj4oH9axgqErl-5yWarjoixH9zak/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGqpzgpHdCQshyFRpwQHYjCb-3wiCVBgvpchBj0JjJfL1bvAeNQOL12CPCJ

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Meeting ID: 829 3374 5252
Passcode: 339817


Topic: Wednesday Morning Prayer and Coffee
Time: Jan 27, 2021 10:00 AM 

Every week on Wed, until Mar 10, 2021, 7 occurrence(s)

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Weekly: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZUvf-6hrzIiHNEeZXsZWEXn1uH9OOtRr7RL/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGprDMtE9WcuB-CRpwcAIqgKPPzmFhHgo14mSXdEBpkRzv4Z_dqa51QBOrC

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Meeting ID: 812 8791 9865
Passcode: 845232

Topic: Friday Morning Prayer
Time: Jan 29, 2021 09:00 AM

Every week on Fri, until Mar 12, 2021, 7 occurrence(s)

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Weekly: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZYocO2uqDovGtKHlQUMei1oJjgZQOWiohX5/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGqqzwuHNKUtRmBRpwQGY_CLO7wpn5Yjbd2tBPUNg1Wa1L5HOhFCINQJ9Hf

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Meeting ID: 825 7466 1506
Passcode: 518901

PS. The reverse side of the Pew Sheet, The Sunday Link can be found on the parish website www.stmarks-allsaints-westparley.org.uk


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