All-Age Worship for Sunday 28th June

Dear friends,

Here is your link for Sunday’s service which we will follow together at 10am or when you are able:

The order for you to follow with the hymns is here:

Year A Proper 8 All Age Welcoming all

You will see that we are following an all age format this week, and there is an opportunity for you to pause the video in the middle and think about something creatively. If you would like to share any poems or art work that you create in response to this, that would be lovely – just send it to me or share directly with the group.

We continue to live in strange times, and as some restrictions are lifted this does not cease to be the case. We are, perhaps, in more diverse places than we have yet found ourselves in this crisis, with some trying to responsibly enjoy more freedoms, whilst others know that they need to stay at home for some time longer. in this service you are encouraged to think about how we can continue to support and respect every single person in our Church community and share Christ’s love as we commit to continuing to worshipping God in many different ways.

I am aware that I mention in this service that some of us may be returning to Church in the next few weeks, and I should let you know that our Churchwardens and I are working together to consider how we can safely and carefully make some of our Church buildings available again, whilst ensuring at the same time that those of you who will continue to be worshipping from home for the foreseeable future will continue to be supported and be enabled to join in worship with us from your own homes. We are hoping to be able to move forward with these developments from the middle of next month and we will of course keep you informed. Please do keep us in your prayers as we carefully navigate these next steps.


John has just noticed that the text of the intercessions is not in the text for the service as it should be (they are in the video though)

If you would like the text for the prayers, they are available here:

Confession and Intercessions

With apologies, and thanks to John for putting them together,


Aldborough Festival Service 21st June 2020

Dear friends,

This Sunday’s service was originally planned to be part of the programme of the Northern Aldborough Festival 2020. Sadly, of course, the festival had to be cancelled this year. Nevertheless, it felt important to mark the importance that music plays in our corporate lives, and so we are delighted to be able to share this act of worship with you today which includes music by Elgar, Dyson, Rutter, Williams, Lindley and Thorne, and which is kindly recorded for us for this weekend by some wonderful musicians from this County and from Norwich Cathedral. We are also delighted that Canon Barry from Ripon Cathedral is our preacher. We hope you will join us as we celebrate the benefits of music to our souls, and as we pray for, and support all musicians at this time.

The link is here:

The order of service is included here, as is the text of Canon Barry’s sermon:

Aldborough Festival service order 2020

Alborough Festival sermon 2020 Canon Barry

Individuals have not been named in our prayers this Sunday, but please be assured you are continuing to be prayed for, and those who ask will be included in our zoom morning prayers on Monday at 9am, to which all are welcome.

Warmest wishes to all,


Worship for Sunday 14th June

Dear St Raphael friends,

I hope you are enjoying the weekend – especially now the sun has returned!

The link for your service for Trinity 2 is here

I have attached an order of service which you might like to use for the words of the hymns – Trinity 2 Faith-filled lives and, for those without access to YouTube, a summary of the interview with Margaret Crawford – Year A Trinity 2 Interview with MC (2)

I was delighted to be able to chat to Margaret this week about her work as the Branch leader of the Mother’s Union, and I am sure you will all enjoy listening to her.

I am also grateful to Logan and Austen from Aldborough, who provide the accompaniment to one of our hymns on the bagpipes.

With love to you all,


Choral Evensong for Trinity Sunday – Sunday, 7th June

The YouTube video for today’s worship:
It’s a single video not linked to any playlist, although there a number of options for choral Evensong:
Choral Evensong from St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Warwick:
on BBC Radio 3 on 3 p.m. Sunday, 7th June 2020
Also available on BBC Sounds & the BBC Choral Evensong website
This is the suggestion I have made to those of us without internet
Festal Evensong for Trinity Sunday from Clare College, Cambridge:
Ripon Cathedral: