Fourth Sunday of Easter, 3rd May

Alleluia, Christ is risen.

Collect
Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:
raise us, who trust in him,
from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,
that we may seek those things which are above,
where he reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Acts 2.42–47

42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
43Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

…notice, it says that the people ‘broke bread’ in their homes.
Remember that any meal you eat can be sacred (ref. last week’s podcast.) Today, we read, they were filled with gladness and were generous to one another. This seems to be a general attitude of the heart, in all of life.

Part of Sunday Worship is giving our offerings to God, in acts of service and financial support. Whilst the church is closed and we are unable to take a physical collection at a Sunday service, yet the bills still keep coming!
If you are able, we would be very grateful if you could make a donation, or pledge a regular amount, so that we can continue to operate in such difficult times.
Payments can be made via TWINT or bank transfer (See payments page here). If you would like to pledge a regular amount, which helps us to plan and make best possible use of the income, please click here to email the Treasurer (in confidence).

Today’s Sunday service from Radio Four is broadcast at 9:10 am, Swiss time
The Bishop of Salisbury Nicholas Holtam marks the 800th anniversary of Salisbury Cathedral and its move from Old Sarum. Bishop Nicholas and the Cathedral’s Canon Precentor, the Revd Anna Macham, reflect on what this very special building means for the people of God in the city and diocese, and the vision, faith and human ingenuity that not only saw this building raised, but eight centuries on ensure it remains open, if only virtually.
Click here to listen on-line

Today’s Songs of Praise on BBC1 television at 14:15 Swiss time
The Rev Kate Bottley looks back on some of Song of Praise’s most moving and uplifting stories from across the farming community. With hymns and worship songs to raise spirits and comfort the soul, including a special performance of a traditional blessing by soprano Margaret Keys. All recorded before the current closure of church buildings.
Music:

  • All My Hope In God Is Founded – St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen
  • Bless The Lord Oh My Soul – Victoria Hall, Bolton
  • Rain – Church of Christ the Cornerstone, Milton Keynes
  • Love Divine, All Loves Excelling – Royal Welsh Show
  • Irish Blessing – performance by Margaret Keys
  • Faithful One – St Thomas the Martyr’s Church, Newcastle
  • Father Hear The Prayer We Offer – The Church of St Cross, Winchester
    Click here to watch on-line

If you missed Wednesday’s Choral Evensong service on BBC Radio 3, it will be broadcast again today on Radio 3 at 16:00 Swiss time. Click here to listen on-line.

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