The service opens with the Cambridge Singers, directed by John Rutter, performing Ralph Vaughan Williams coronation motet ‘O Taste and See’.
At this time of increasing alarm over the spread of coronavirus and all the difficulties of living through a time of heightened lock down, the service looks to the encouragement we can find through the inspiring words of scripture. Today the story of Nathanael’s calling in John 1. 43-51, reminds us that ‘good’ can come out of surprising places, people and times. The disciple Philip’s simple answer ‘Come and See’ to Nathanael’s negative response to the invitation to meet Jesus, reminds us in this season of Epiphany that we need to ‘see’ with the faith that Philip had and draw others to discover the man who is for all people – at all times ‘good news’.
The service ends with the hymn ‘I the Lord of Sea and sky’ performed by Collin Raye – with the famous chorus of calling : Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart. ‘
We continue to pray for all those who have contracted the virus and those who are caring for them. And for those who have asked our prayers:
Charlie Gray, Derrick Pope, Angela Portlock, Lorraine Ellis, Ann-Marie, Eloise and baby Elijah.
We especially pray for those who have died from coronavirus and those who have died in recent days, giving thanks to God for the lives of Helen Kydd, Phillip Ellis and Owen Hawkes.
The Collect for the Second Sunday after Epiphany:
in Christ you make all things new:
transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace,
and in the renewal of our lives
make known your heavenly glory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.