Holy Week Services in Rusper

Stations in Village

The suffering Christ always walks among us. This week and beyond he walks in those suffering with the virus; its effect on our loved ones, our lives and our society, especially the most vulnerable. As a sign of his presence our village has 14 stations on the Way of Cross, which you can use to make your own spiritual journey when it suits you. Please maintain current hygiene and social distancing advice.

The path begins in the church porch and goes to the noticeboard, from Church Cottages to Wayside, Ocklynge, Averys and Sweet Briar. Crossing to the bus shelter you then turn back via the shop, High Street, the Old Forge, the Plough and Ghyll Cottage before crossing again to go the West door at the back of the church.

Streamed Facebook Live Services on Rusper Church Facebook Page 

  • Maundy Thursday 8pm Holy Communion and Vigil
  • Good Friday 8pm Night Liturgy

 

Church is Changing

Yesterday, 17 March, it was announced by the Archbishops of the Church of England that public services of worship will not be held until further notice.

I am collecting and communicating my thoughts as we all are, in the midst of general upheaval and rapidly evolving circumstances, news and advice. It has not been clarified whether or not this period of suspension will extend to Easter Sunday. The news has coincided, inconveniently, with a week or so in which the telephone and internet have not been available to me.

Meanwhile, prayer remains ‘...the voice of prayer is never silent...’ It is an activity that people of faith can employ at any and every time and in all places. Our church building, hallowed by centuries of prayer remains, as always, open to everyone, and as is my custom I will be praying there daily, morning and evening and at other times. It stands as a sermon in stone which has been speaking from long before I found my way into the pulpit. I am here to minister to all [not just churchgoers] in this parish, wherever spiritual need is expressed. With the cessation of public worship, both regulars and non churchgoers are genuinely all in it together!

I will offer the Eucharist frequently on behalf of us all during this period, remembering that although I may be physically alone, this service always takes place ‘with angels, archangels and all the company of Heaven’

I may not be able to get online at the moment, but the world, the parish and friends are still out there and do not cease to exist because Utility Warehouse is on a go slow! More seriously may the need some have to self isolate remind us that we have already a society where many are isolated in other ways. I pray and dare hope that the current crisis may help create a more thinking, compassionate society, though inevitably we have and will hear stories of the opposite, fear driven reaction.

If ‘Church is Changing’ this has always been the case. The Church of England is in many ways so different from that into which I was ordained more than thirty years ago and so it should be, for to change is to live. Yet in the current turmoil and in whatever lies ahead the important things, while changing, are constant. As and when technical difficulties allow I will post updates. As well as Rusper Village Facebook, St Mary Magdalene’s now has its own church page, so look out for us.

In place of the services page I offer and commend to you, with thanks to fellow Sodalist Fr John Francis Friendship SMMS advice on how to make a spiritual Communion when one is unable to attend church. Like good hygienic practice to physical health, regular prayer is a spiritual safeguard.

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Prayers and Blessings

Nick

 

News

Rusper Parish News – April 2020

Much of the content now sadly overtaken by events **Please note that the paper copy will not be delivered but a limited number of copies are available in Rusper Stores** ...
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Thu 16

Bellringing Practice

April 16 @ 7:45 pm - 9:15 pm
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Bellringing Practice

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