PARISH OF KIDDERMINSTER ISMERE WEEKLY BULLETIN – 25th March 2021
This week we celebrate Palm Sunday, the day on which we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and which is the first day of Holy Week. A week which would have brought out many and varied emotions in Jesus and his twelve disciples, his closest friends.
As we reflect on the biblical accounts of the events of Holy Week with which we are so familiar, I wonder what our perceptions, our emotions would have been had we been there as it happened?
Services for the week commencing Sunday 28th March 2021
Sunday 28th March St Mary and All Saints 11:00 Eucharist
St Peter Cookley 09:30 Eucharist
St John the Baptist Wolverley 11:00 Eucharist
St Barnabas Franche 09:30 Service of the Word
Please note: Now that we are able to worship within our buildings once again, there will no longer be a service via Zoom on a Sunday morning. Instead, we shall live stream and/or record one of the services to be available via YouTube and Facebook.
Monday 29th March to Friday 2nd April at 08:00 Morning prayer – via Zoom
Monday 29th March to Friday 2nd April at 20:00 Night Prayer – online
Monday 29th March Weave contemplative Bible study with Fr. Simon Archer via Zoom at 19:00
(Link available by request from firstname.lastname@example.org )
Wednesday 31st March at 10:00 Eucharist at St John the Baptist Wolverley
Maundy Thursday St Mary and All Saints 19:00 Eucharist
St Peter Cookley 10:30 Eucharist
Good Friday St Mary and All Saints 14:00 – 15:00 Final Hour Vigil
St John the Baptist Wolverley 14:00 – 15:00 Vigil
St Barnabas Franche 14:00 – 15:00 Vigil
Holy Saturday at 10.00 Bible Lyte with Revd. Nigel Taylor via Zoom
(Link available by request from email@example.com)
Readings for Sunday 28th March – Palm Sunday
Liturgy of the Palms: Liturgy of the Passion
Mark 11.1-11 Isaiah 50.4-9a
or John 12.12-16 Psalm 31.9-16 [or 31.9-18]
Psalm 118. 1-2, 19-end Mark 14.1-end of 15
or Mark 15.1-39 [40-end]
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.
We are delighted to be able to gather within some of our buildings to offer our worship once again. As previously advised, those attending church physically will need to abide by the safety guidelines set and if clergy and wardens are concerned that some people are not following these guidelines then the buildings will be closed. We will continue to livestream services for those who do not feel ready to attend church physically.
Please DO NOT feel obliged to attend, particularly if you feel vulnerable or anxious. The clergy and PCC support whatever decision you make personally.
Holy Week 2021
|Monday||Tuesday||Wednesday||Thurs||Good Friday||Sat||Easter Sunday|
|St Mary and All Saints||Eucharist 7.00pm||Final Hour Vigil 2-3pm.||11.00 Eucharist|
|St Peter Cookley||10.30 Eucharist||6.00am Sunrise Service|
|St John the Baptist Wolverley||10.00am Eucharist||Vigil|
|St Barnabas Franche||Vigil 2pm -3pm||9.30 Eucharist|
|Morning and Night Prayer Weave||Morning and Night Prayer||Morning and Night Prayer||Morning and Night Prayer||Morning and Night Prayer||Bible Lyte||11.00Eucharist|
‘Why do we do that?’
Have you, or anyone you know, ever asked why we say the words we do in our worship when we gather together?
If so, here’s a great opportunity for you – and someone you might like to invite to join you in finding out – to discover more in a new series we will be running in the Kidderminster Ismere Team.
‘Gathered – Fed – Sent’ will follow the pattern of the Lent Conversations that so many of us have enjoyed, with a series of talks during worship and follow-up conversations.
Over four weeks we will look at different parts of the Holy Communion service and discover why we say certain prayers together, and how they sustain us in living out our Christian faith every day:
18th April: Gathered.
25th April: Fed by the Word.
2nd May: Fed by the Sacrament.
9th May: Sent
As in the Lent Conversations, there will be follow-up groups in the week afterwards to explore more together.
This would be a great way to learn more about how we worship together, to be a ‘refresher’ for anyone who’s been coming to church for a long time, and to invite someone who doesn’t come to church but might think: ‘I wonder what they do in church?’ Or: ‘Why do they do that?’
Look out for more details in the Bulletin, and on the ismere.co.uk website. Or contact one of our clergy team - Nigel, Simon or Hayward – whose details you will find at the end of this Bulletin.
Our parish funeral ministry
We commend to God those parishioners who have recently died, with our clergy approached to conduct the funerals.
March 26th Doris Lloyd (service at St John the Baptist, Wolverley)
April 14th Mabel Downs (service at Wyre Forest Crematorium)
We pray for those who mourn, and for those offering a ministry of care and compassion at this time.
Clergy contact details
Team Rector Revd. Nigel Taylor 01562 851744 firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Vicar Revd. Simon Archer 01562 66262 email@example.com
Associate Priest The Ven. Hayward Osborne 01562 745638 firstname.lastname@example.org
The clergy and other congregation members are available for you at times of pastoral need. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.