Service for Sunday 22 March 2020

Life in France today is say to the least, rather strange and different from what most of us have known. All gatherings remain forbidden. However, life must go on.

A Message from Roger

Because the whole world is under attack from a virus called COVID-19, we can't meet, either socially or to worship, for some weeks. I hope that you will keep in touch with your friends from All Saints by phone, e-mail and social media.  Let's look after each other.

Even if we can't be together physically, I think it's a good thing to worship at more-or-less the same time as each other if possible. Here is what's called a podcast, rather like a radio programme, for you to listen to this coming Sunday morning. It's been made by people from All Saints and is called 'Church Chez Nous':

To listen to the pod cast, Click on the button and it should take you to a page in your web browser showing a little audio player, like on a CD machine, to play the podcast, which lasts 32 minutes. At the top right of the audio player are buttons to download the podcast to your own computer or to share it with others.

Sing we of the blessèd Mother

Sing we of the blessèd Mother who received the angels’ word,
and obedient to his summons bore in love the infant Lord;
sing we of the joys of Mary at whose breast that child was fed,
who is Son of God eternal and the everlasting Bread.

Sing we, too, of Mary’s sorrows, of the sword that pierced her through,
when beneath the cross of Jesus she his weight of suff’ring knew,
looked upon her Son and Saviour reigning high on Calv’ty’s tree,
saw the price of our redemption paid to set the sinner free.

Sing again the joys of Mary when she saw the risen Lord,
and, in prayer with Christ’s apostles, waited on his promised word:
from on high the blazing glory of the Spirit’s presence came,
heav’nly breath of God’s own being, manifest through wind and flame.

Sing the greatest joy of Mary when on earth her work was done,
and the Lord of all creation brought her to his heav’nly home:
virgin mother, Mary blessèd, raised on high and crowned with grace,
may your Son, the world’s redeemer, grant us all to see his face.

Words: George B. Timms (b. 1910)

Bind us together

Bind us together, Lord,
bind us together
with cords that cannot be broken.
Bind us together, Lord,
bind us together,
bind us together in love.

There is only one God,
there is only one King;
there is only one Body,
that is why we sing:

Bind us ...

Made for the glory of God,
purchased by his precious Son;
born with the right to be free,
for Jesus the victory has won.

Bind us ...

We are the family of God,
we are his promise divine;
we are his chosen desire,
we are his glorious new wine.

Bind us ...

Bob Gilman

Let there be love

Let there be love shared among us,
let there be love in our eyes.
May now your love sweep this nation;
cause us, O Lord, to arise.
Give us a fresh understanding
of brotherly love that is real.
Let there be love shared among us,
let there be love.

Dave Bilbrough