We hope you have had a good week and a restful time over Easter. We loved celebrating Easter Day within the churches as we gathered together again, with many of you returning to church for the first time for a while. The churches were decorated so beautifully with lilies to remember loved ones who had died, and also with Spring Flowers to symbolically remind us of New Life, as we gathered to worship God together, in the knowledge of Jesus' resurrection, sharing Holy Communion for the first time for many months and with organ music ringing out, and in some cases bells tolling above with Easter tunes. It was a wonderful celebration day. Thank you to all who contributed in some way.
Thank you also for walking the journey towards Easter on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
This weekend, we are absorbing the sad news of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh on Friday and we will offer prayers for him, for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and for the Royal Family in our church services tomorrow. There is also opportunity for us all to hold them in our prayers this week during the official week of mourning and remembrance as preparations are made for his funeral next Saturday 17th April at 3pm. Suggested prayers, which you may wish to use, are attached.
Sunday services this week:
Harlington Church - Morning Worship at 9.30am
Chalgrave Church - Holy Communion at 9.30am
Toddington Church - Holy Communion at 11am
Westoning Church - Morning Worship at 11am
The Upper Room at 6pm by Zoom - please contact Rev'd Linda for link.
The Recorded Service should appear on the usual link: https://www.harlingtonchurch.org/worship-services-2/this-sundays-service/
We plan to continue the pre-recorded Audio Services until the end of April.
Services and events this week:
Monday 12th April - Morning Prayer in Toddington Church 9.30am
Tuesday 13th April - Morning Prayer by Zoom 9.30am - please contact Rev'd Linda for link.
Private Prayer at Toddington Church on Thursday 15th April at 10.30am.
We will update you on other news during the week.. particularly with regard to any service of prayer or Remembrance for Prince Philip.
We send our love and prayers
Linda and Nigel
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