The Civic and Parish Church of Bournemouth

Ascension Sunday Webcast Service – 24th May 2020

After Jesus’ Ascension what did those friends of his do? We are told by Luke, writing in Acts 1:14, that a main characteristic of their life together was that “they all joined together constantly in prayer.” His physical presence with them had ceased.  But, nonetheless, it became clear to his friends, in a variety of ways (spoken of […]

6th Sunday of Easter Webcast Service

“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever.” He will give you – future tense for them Waiting is always hard, even on a sunny day in a nice garden.   Our dog, Jasper, for instance, on the film we shot, banged his paw down impatiently on the table, and […]

5th Sunday of Easter Webcast Service – Sunday 10th May 2020

Reflection 10th May, 2020 Come now, disturbing Spirit of our God, Breathe gently on the bodiliness of your beloved creation, and make us one body in Christ, united in justice and joy, in peace and love. Open our graves, unbind our eyes, And name us here; Touch and heal all that has been buried in us, […]

4th Sunday of Easter Webcast Service – Sunday 3rd May 2020

O God, you have made us for yourself, And against your longing there is no defence. Mark us with your love, And release in us a passion for your justice In our disfigured world; That we may turn from our guilt and face you, our heart’s desire.  Amen. What do you call a sheep with a […]

Third Sunday Webcast Service

A prayer for each of us in this time when we combine living in lockdown and the hope of the Resurrection: Risen, Jesus, Give me courage, strength and generosity to let go and move on, leaving the past behind me, and living the present to the full. Lead me always to be positive as I […]

Second Sunday of EasterWebcast Service

Good morning – it’s Sunday morning again, and, in the Gospel reading we’ve just heard read, Jesus’s friends met behind locked doors.  We are also behind locked doors, but we have something contagious that is to be shared.  It will be obvious that I don’t mean Covid 19! So – what do I mean?  I mean that most […]

Easter Sunday Webcast Service

The Lord is Risen – He is risen indeed, Alleluia! In these strange times, the message of Easter seems more powerful than ever Good morning, and a very happy Easter to you.  “The Lord is Risen!”, we say to each other today – and I can almost hear many of you responding, “He is Risen […]

Good Friday Service 2020

Welcome to these Good Friday devotions.  We are very grateful to  The Right Reverend Edward Holland, who is an Assistant Bishop in both the London Diocese and the Diocese of Europe, for leading our online reflections today. Almighty Father, look with mercy on this your family for which our Lord Jesus Christ was content to be […]

Palm Sunday Service – 5th April 2020

On Palm Sunday it would have been clear to the many Jews who had gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover that the wandering rabbi from Nazareth was making a statement by the way he was entering the city. It was the way of the long-expected King, God’s Messiah, to enter the city the way […]