Posted by on April 5, 2020

Dear friends,

Welcome to worship on Palm Sunday. Please click here to view today’s service. My thanks to all the contributors and to Trevor on the production side.

This service includes the first outing of St Michael’s Digital Choir, singing three verses of a well-known Palm Sunday hymn. Many congratulations to Colin Hamling’s inspiration and technical wizardry for initiating and bringing together a truly extraordinary achievement. Colin writes that:

  • there is tremendous enthusiasm for this venture by the choir;
  • this week the choir consists of: 1 Treble, 5 Sopranos, 4 Altos, 4 Tenors and 3 Basses (including 2 ex-choral scholars, and 2 occasional, but regular, guests);
  • all sang at home individually to record their own part to an accompaniment/click track.
  • the individual parts were sent back to me, by email, and I assembled them using a digital sound desk (Audacity). It has given me great respect for the pioneering work done in the analogue days, by the likes of the Beatles with magnetic tape and razor blades for splicing.
  • I look forward to more music for our Easter service.

Before you start the service, you may like to download the words of the service, either

In addition, you can find the full readings and music that we would have used had we been in church on the monthly reading and music list. Downloading this will allow you to expand your worship at home, reading around the themes of the day in your Bibles, and looking up the songs and choir anthem online.

Dandy the donkey is very sorry not to be with us this morning but his owner Janet has just sent over this picture of him (click here) and some of his friends (click here) at home which she thought we would like to share.

Don’t forget to light a candle in your window at 7pm tonight: may this repeated action be a sign of hope in the light of Christ which can never be extinguished.

It is the privilege and duty of Christians to accompany Jesus in prayer through the highs and lows of Holy Week. To fully appreciate Easter, we must traverse Good Friday. I am delighted that we are able to offer a full programme of Holy Week worship. I will not be emailing our services out each day during Holy Week but invite you visit our digital church on our Youtube channel where the following will be appearing at these days and times:

  • Holy Monday, April 6th – 8pm – Compline with John Hayton
  • Holy Tuesday, April 7th – 8pm – Compline with Charles King [NB change of order from my email of Friday night]
  • Holy Wednesday, April 8th – 10am – Stations of the Cross [NB change of order from my email of Friday night]
  • Maundy Thursday, April 9th – 8pm – Meditation on the Garden of Gethsemane
  • Good Friday, April 10th – 1pm – Reflection on the Cross
  • Good Friday, April 10th – 2pm – Children’s Service – with the Francis family
  • Easter Day, April 12th – 9.30am – Lighting of the Easter candle, Festival Communion and rededication of baptismal vows

Finally, do check out the alternative perspective of Holy Week in MinecraftPlease click here for the Palm Sunday story in Minecraft. Further extracts will be released on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Day: keep returning to MamaRhinoGamer or subscribe to this Youtube channel for notifications of updates.

Wishing you health and happiness throughout Holy Week,