Sunday Service – August 23rd

Dear Friends, 

I hope you’re all doing very well.

I have some exciting, good news for you – we’re finally going to have services in at least some of our Cranmer Group church buildings from next Sunday! 

You’re very warmly invited to join us for a service of Holy Communion at St. Thomas’s, Aslockton, at 10AM on Sunday, August 30th

Given the length of time since we’ve had any services, we’re unsure of how many people may wish to join us and – since we have to observe social distancing measures to combat any Coronavirus risk – we’ve decided that we have to ask you, if you plan to attend, please would you book your place for the service, in advance. Please contact Jade Blaylock, our Group Administrator, on 07526 603766 or at, to reserve your place. This will help us to fit more people into the service; help us look after you better; and hopefully avoid us having to turn anyone away.

We’ll send out information in advance of the service to let you know what to expect, since it will have to be a bit different from a ‘normal’ service. At this stage, we plan to hold Holy Communion services on a rotating basis in the Group’s three largest churches – Aslockton, Whatton (6th Sept.) and Orston (13th Sept.) – but will send out more details after the Aslockton service on Aug 30th. Do please keep us in your prayers at this challenging but exciting time.

We will also continue to have online access to services – our current plan is to livestream the service, connectivity permitting, from Aslockton, Whatton and Orston. At worst, we will have either a video upload of the service, or a sermon podcast, both available to watch/listen to, when you wish, here on our website/podcast pages. Look out for further details in due course!

Do watch our Online Service video here at 9.30AM on Sunday 23rd, and then, as usual, join us here on Zoom (Meeting ID: 864 0083 1074; Password: 549794) from 10.15AM for a catch-up with all your Cranmer Group friends.

And of course you can also catch up later with the Online Service, on our YouTube channel here, and we’ve re-instigated our podcasts as well, for those who may prefer to listen to the service in that format – they are here.

Our worship today has been led by Deborah Davies and Deb Hubbard – thank you so much as always, Deborah and Deb:

Love’s Redeeming Work Is Done
Played by Deborah Davies

Love’s redeeming work is done;
Fought the fight, the battle won:
Lo, our Sun’s eclipse is o’er;
Lo, he sets in blood no more!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal:
Christ has burst the gates of hell;
Death in vain forbids his rise;
Christ has opened Paradise.

Lives again our glorious King;
Where, O Death, is now thy sting?
Dying once, he all doth save;
Where thy victory, O grave?

Soar we now where Christ has led,
Following our exalted Head;
Made like him, like him we rise;
ours the cross, the grave, the skies:

Hail the Lord of earth and heaven!
Praise to you by both be given:
The we greet triumphant now;
Hail the Resurrection thou!

Charles Wesley

Rejoice, The Lord Is King! 
Played by Deb Hubbard

Rejoice, the Lord is King!
Your Lord and King adore;
Mortals give thanks and sing,
And triumph evermore;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

Jesus, the Saviour, reigns,
The God of truth and love;
When he had purged our stains,
He took his seat above;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

His kingdom cannot fail;
He rules both earth and heaven;
The keys of death and hell
Are to our Jesus given;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

He sits at God’s right hand
Till all his foes submit,
And bow to his command,
And fall beneath his feet:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

Rejoice in glorious hope! 
Jesus the Judge shall come,
And take his servants up
To their eternal home.
We soon shall hear the archangel’s voice;
God’s trumpet call shall sound, rejoice!

Charles Wesley

As usual, if you’d prefer to read rather than watch the video, the sermon transcript, reading, prayers for today, and worship lyrics can be downloaded here:

And if you cannot make it to our churches for private prayer (see the homepage for the times when each church is open every week), do keep joining us for our online prayer gatherings.

Best wishes, God bless, and hope to see you in person next Sunday!

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Rev. Tim Chambers

The Cranmer Group
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NEW Tel: 01949 850523
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