This Sunday we celebrate Harvest Sunday with an online Communion service led by Jonathan with Eve Lockett preaching. Roger Long is leading our prayers and St Michael’s choir lead us in some wonderful, traditional Harvest hymns.
Join us by visiting this page from 10am on Sunday morning or coming along to our live service in St Michael’s this Sunday for 10:30am. This week’s service in church is Holy Communion too.
This year, we are collecting for the Oxford Emergency food bank this year as the pandemic has inevitably led to unprecedented increases in demand for their help.
Owing to the restrictions we can’t bring up the gifts during the service in the usual way. However, there will be a collection box in church on Sunday 4th October during the service, and, if you can’t make it to church that morning, the collection box will also be available outside The Vicarage front door on Sunday afternoon, and all day Monday 5th to Friday 9th October.
Please bring gifts of:
Tinned food (ideally with ring pulls) e.g. baked beans, soup, tinned fish, tinned meat e.g. corned beef, tinned meals e.g. stews
Breakfast cereals e.g. sweetened, chocolate type
Confectionery: e.g. sweets (individually wrapped preferred), chocolate, biscuits
Personal toiletries e.g deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, cleansing wipes, soap etc
You can also give online here: http://www.cefoxford.co.uk/donate.asp
Taking Communion Online
The Book of Common Prayer teaches us that if we offer ourselves in penitence and faith, giving thanks for the redemption won by Christ crucified, we may truly ‘eat and drink the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ’, although we cannot receive the sacrament physically in ourselves.
Making a Spiritual Communion fulfils our duty set out in the church canons of receiving Holy Communion ‘regularly, and especially at the festivals of Christmas, Easter and Whitsun or Pentecost’ (Canon B15).
The Church to which we belong is not defined by the walls of a building but by the Body of Christ in which we are united with one another. In taking communion spiritually, we join with Christians everywhere to be nourished by the one who tells us, ‘I am the Bread of Life’.
All the words are on the screen, but if you would prefer a printed order of service you can download one here:
You can also listen to this service by phoning 01865 920993
The service will be available by telephone until Friday lunchtime the following week.