Liturgy and Prayers
Live Streams and Video Broadcasts
7.45am – Morning Prayer
Stations of the cross (a new reflection for each day of Holy Week until Easter)
5.15pm – Evening prayer
7pm –Reflection for Holy Week by Bishop John Perumbalath, followed by compline
Worship and Activities for All Ages
Listen - Look - Act - Pray
Listen and watch
Podcast- Walking the Way of the Cross, Prayers and Reflections on the BIblical Stations of the Cross.
By Stephen Cottrell, Paula Gooder and Philip North courtesy of St Nicholas Durham Website.
Podcast- Song of Songs Part 3, The Gospel Heard Through Folk Song, St Leonard's Lexden
Music - Bach's Erbarme dich mein Gott from St Matthew's Passion
Video - Holy Reflections for Wednesday with Bishop John and Dean Nicholas with Compline
Read and reflect
Meet Peter - an interactive story, supplied by Emma Anderton
An interactive story of Peter denying Jesus.
You can join in by:
Making faces and doing the actions
Finding emojis on your phone
Drawing the expressions around a paper plate and pointing as you hear them.
Everyone come and gather around the fire – it’s a cold evening so we need to keep warm (show feeling cold and warming ourselves by the fire). There is a crowd gathering. How does it feel to be in the crowd? Excited, scary, joyful, worried? One person in the crowd was very worried (show a worried face). Peter, a close friend of Jesus was reliving the events of the evening when Jesus was arrested. It had made him so angry (show an angry face) that Jesus had been betrayed by Judas in that way.
Now he was in shock (show a shocked face) that Jesus was being kept by the soldiers and tried before the court. He felt sad (show a sad face) too. Sad that his friend, that wonderful, kind and loving (show a loving face) man could be treated in such a cruel and violent way (show an angry face).
Peter looked up to see a servant girl, staring at him from across the fire with a puzzled expression on her face (show a puzzled face). She pointed over at him and said, ‘you were with him weren’t you?’ Peter replied, ‘I don’t know him!’ (Say it to your neighbour). Now he was frightened (show a frightened face), but then it got worse still as another person pointed and said, ‘you are also one of them’. ‘I am Not.’ Peter exclaimed. (Say it to your neighbour)
Then, later still, someone else pointed him out, ‘I’m certain this man was with him.’ (Say it to your neighbour). Peter turned to him, ‘I do not know what you are talking about’ (Say it to your neighbour).
At that very moment, a rooster crowed and Jesus turned to look Peter straight in the eye. And peter remembered Jesus words to him, ‘before the rooster crows, you will deny knowing me three times.’ Peter felt heartbroken, put his head in his hands and ran away crying (show a sad face).
A Visual Table Display by Emma Anderton
On Palm Sunday we asked you to collect leaves from the garden, or make leaves from green paper place them on the tray in the centre of your prayer space. Today add the paper plates from the Meet Peter interactive story to the tray.
Holy Week Table Display by Rachel Summers
On Palm Sunday we provided instruction to make a table display using advent candles or tea lights on a tray. Find out more here Here's what you can do today:
Light all five candles, then snuff three out. Add some small silver coins, and tell the story of Judas and his betrayal for thirty pieces of silver.
Holy Week Window Gallery by Rachel Summers
On Palm Sunday we provided instruction to make a Window Gallery. Find out more here. Here's what you might make to put in your gallery today:
Make some ‘pieces of silver’ out of circles of card wrapped in silver foil, for the money Judas was given for his betrayal.
Baking our way through Holy Week by Rachel Summers
The Wednesday of Holy Week is often the day in which we remember Judas, agreeing to betray Jesus for the price of thirty pieces of silver. I don’t have a recipe for thirty pieces of silver, but maybe thirty pieces of golden anzac biscuit will do instead? Judas was a passionate man with a strong belief in freedom, and strong ideas about what it would look like and how it would come about. There is nothing wrong with having strong ideas and being passionate about things, but as with Judas, we need to ensure that we keep listening to God, to hear his solutions, his timings, and to see his kingdom in his way.
- As you melt together ½ cup of butter or margarine, and 2 tbsp of golden syrup, allow yourself to give some of your rigid ideas of ways things should be done over to God, and as the butter melts, remind yourself to listen to God for his ways, and his timings.
- Mix 1tsp of bicarbonate of soda with 2tbsp of boiling water, mix this with the melted butter mixture, and then pour all of this into a bowl filled with 1 cup plain flour, 1 cup of oats, 1 cup of dessicated coconut, and 1 cup of brown sugar. Mix well, and roll spoonfuls of mixture into balls, and place them, well spaced out on a baking tray.
- Bake at 180 degrees/GM4 for 15-20 minutes.
Eat, thoughtfully, with a hot drink, remembering how easy it can be to fool ourselves into believing we are doing the right thing, and how hard it can be to trust that God’s timing is right.
Think about the last day or two. How have you been feeling? Tell God about your feelings, even if you have felt angry, worried or sad. He wants to listen to each one of us. Thank God that he loves and forgives us just as Jesus loved and forgave Peter.
Resources for each day
The links below take you to the resources for the relevant day
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