Holy Week 2021

Reflective Services

7.00 pm Zoom from Harston Church (see links below)

Monday                             Grounding Easter 

Tuesday                            God with us 

Wednesday                     Phoenix 

Maundy Thursday       In this World

10.00 am Good Friday 

                                              In Human Likeness

                                              Stations of the Cross

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(29th March - 2nd April)

Reflective services

7pm Zoom from Harston Church, 

40 minute reflection using an artist's work called ‘In Human Likeness’


Good Friday Morning 10am in church

'In Human Likeness’ 

Stations of the Cross 

5.00 pm there will be a Good Friday Meditative service in Newton
please book if you would like to come to that by emailing revroses@gmail.com  and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served and socially distanced basis. 

Ely               Cloister



Maundy Thursday: In this world

Maundy Thursday 1st April 2021

'In Human Likeness' is a series of paintings created by the artist E Charlotte Wright which were displayed in Ely Cathedral in 2010.


 MUSIC:  Find Rest: Salt of the Sound

And so we come to Maundy Thursday, the Thursday of Holy Week. Jesus had ridden into Jerusalem on the Sunday, hailed as King, but an upside-down King riding on a donkey. He had taught in the Temple on the previous days. He had eaten a meal at home with his closest friends. And now he takes the Twelve into an Upper Room where they can have a last supper together.


Jesus has not yet undergone any of the events leading to his death, let alone his rising again, and yet, in the actions of this Thursday night he shows more than ever the qualities and the love of the Risen One.

John 13.1-17, 31b-35

Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.’

After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.

MUSIC: Ubi Caritas et amor


Where charity and love are, there God is.
The love of Christ has gathered us into one.
Let us exult, and in Him be joyful.
Let us fear and let us love the living God.
And from a sincere heart let us love each other (and Him).
Where charity and love are, there God is.
Therefore, whensoever we are gathered as one:
Lest we in mind be divided, let us beware.
Let cease malicious quarrels, let strife give way.
And in the midst of us be Christ our God.
Where charity and love are, there God is.
Together also with the blessed may we see,
Gloriously, Thy countenance, O Christ our God:
A joy which is immense, and also approved:
Through infinite ages of ages. Amen.

 In this world

In this world

Healer of Galilee,
you come, again and again, to permeate our human condition;
to take upon yourself all that hurts us.
And again tonight you accompany us
when our bodies are in pain, when our minds are in confusion,
when our self-esteem is lost,
when our failures overwhelm, when our faith falters,
when our relationships are tricky.


Ephesians 2:14-18

For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.

He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.

 MUSIC: Adrian Snell - Peace be With You


 Lord Christ, 
enable us to place our trust in you,
and so to live in the present moment. 
Your song pierces even our darkest days,
and your hands are always and everywhere the source 
of my journey into wholeness
and that inner springtime
which is your gift alone,
Jesus the Risen One. 

MUSIC: Adrian Snell - Peace be With You




Wednesday: Phoenix

Wednesday 31st March 2021

'In Human Likeness' is a series of paintings by artist E Charlotte  Wright, which were displayed in Ely Cathedral in 2010 but remain a powerful meditative resource, especially at Easter.


As we begin, we gaze on this image of Ely Cathedral, looking back at the entrance door which has been a threshold for countless thousands of people across the centuries;  pilgrims seeking quiet, and reflection.


MUSIC:  Einaudi View from the other side

So, for even more centuries is God a refuge to those who seek


Psalm 102

26  ‘In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, •

   and the heavens are the work of your hands;

27  ‘They shall perish, but you will endure; •

   they all shall wear out like a garment.

28  ‘You change them like clothing, and they shall be changed; •

   but you are the same, and your years will not fail.

29  ‘The children of your servants shall continue, •

   and their descendants shall be established in your sight.’


MUSIC:  Einaudi View from the other side

The refuge of God is the back story to the events of Easter, but our stories are rarely straightforward.





MUSIC:  Einaudi View from the other side

Luke 22.54-end


Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house. But Peter was following at a distance. When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, ‘This man also was with him.’ But he denied it, saying, ‘Woman, I do not know him.’ A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, ‘You also are one of them.’ But Peter said, ‘Man, I am not!’ Then about an hour later yet another kept insisting, ‘Surely this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean.’ But Peter said, ‘Man, I do not know what you are talking about!’ At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, ‘Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.’ And he went out and wept bitterly.


MUSIC: Vasks: The Fruits of silence

The fruit of silence is prayer.

The fruit of prayer is faith.

The fruit of faith is love.

The fruit of love is service.

The fruit of service is peace.


With Christ, there is always a way back. 






Hebrews 12.1-3

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.


MUSIC: Jesu joy of man’s desiring


Jesu, joy of man's desiring,

Holy wisdom, love most bright;

Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring

Soar to uncreated light.


Word of God, our flesh that fashioned,

With the fire of life impassioned,

Striving still to truth unknown,

Soaring, dying round Thy throne.


Through the way where hope is guiding,

Hark, what peaceful music rings;

Where the flock, in Thee confiding,

Drink of joy from deathless springs.


Theirs is beauty's fairest pleasure;

Theirs is wisdom's holiest treasure.

Thou dost ever lead Thine own

In the love of joys unknown.


 Lord Jesus Christ, Lover of all,

we hold before you:

those burdened by regrets or anxieties,

those broken in spirit or in body

those torn by relationships, and doubt,

those who feel deeply the divisions and injustices of our world,

and all those who carry them in prayer this night.


MUSIC Our Father

Tuesday: God with us

Tuesday 30th March 2021

 'In Human Likeness'  - a series of paintings painted by artist Charlotte Wright.


MUSIC: Be still for the presence of the Lord v1



MUSIC:  Be Still v 2

1 Corinthians 1.18-31

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’ 
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

MUSIC:   Be Still v3 


Be still and Know 

Psalm 27
1  The Lord is my light and my salvation;
      whom then shall I fear? •
   The Lord is the strength of my life;
      of whom then shall I be afraid?
9  Hear my voice, O Lord, when I call; •
   have mercy upon me and answer me.
10  My heart tells of your word, ‘Seek my face.’ •
   Your face, Lord, will I seek.
11  Hide not your face from me, •
   nor cast your servant away in displeasure.
12  You have been my helper; •
   leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
13  Though my father and my mother forsake me, •
   the Lord will take me up.
14  Teach me your way, O Lord; •
   lead me on a level path,
      because of those who lie in wait for me.
15  Deliver me not into the will of my adversaries, •
   for false witnesses have risen up against me,
      and those who breathe out violence.
16  I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord •
   in the land of the living.
17  Wait for the Lord;
      be strong and he shall comfort your heart; •
   wait patiently for the Lord.


Prayer of St Patrick
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me and before me.
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in hearts of all who know me.
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger,


O God,  the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
Increase and multiply upon us your mercy;
that, with you as our ruler and guide,
we may so pass through things temporal,
that we lose not the things eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.        Amen

Monday: Grounding Easter

Monday 29th March 2021

Music Spiegel im Spiegel  - Arvo Part




Isaiah 42.1-9

Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
   my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him;
   he will bring forth justice to the nations. 
2 He will not cry or lift up his voice,
   or make it heard in the street; 
3 a bruised reed he will not break,
   and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
   he will faithfully bring forth justice. 
4 He will not grow faint or be crushed
   until he has established justice in the earth;
   and the coastlands wait for his teaching. 

5 Thus says God, the Lord,
   who created the heavens and stretched them out,
   who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people upon it
   and spirit to those who walk in it: 
6 I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness,
   I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
I have given you as a covenant to the people,
   a light to the nations, 
7   to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
   from the prison those who sit in darkness. 
8 I am the Lord, that is my name;
   my glory I give to no other,
   nor my praise to idols. 
9 See, the former things have come to pass,
   and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth,
   I tell you of them. 



John 12.1-11

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume

Music: Song without words Jacqueline du Pre

Prayer:  from the Church of South India

God our Father, by whose mercy
the world turns safely into darkness
and returns again to light:
we place in your hands our unfinished tasks,
our unsolved problems, and our unfulfilled hopes,
knowing that only what you bless will prosper.
To your love and protection
we commit each other and all those we love,
knowing that you alone are our sure defender,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Good Friday Morning 10am in church

'In Human Likeness’ 

Stations of the Cross 

This will be a quiet adapted ‘Stations of the Cross’ using the 'In Human Likeness' material, for 45 mins. 
This will be Zoomed and if weather permits also outside Harston church so you are able to attend.
PLEASE LET Rev'd Susan know if you are attending, so chairs may be set up outside in a distanced manner.
I will send out an email on Thursday letting you know if we think it is possible weather wise to be outside as well as Zoom attendance.

Time: Apr 2, 2021 09:30 AM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 841 0265 9359
Passcode: 726723

At 5.00 pm there will be a Good Friday Meditative service in Newton, please book if you would like to come to that by emailing
revroses@gmail.com  and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served and socially distanced basis.