Beverley Minster is providing daily reflections and prayers, and a weekly video recording of Holy Communion, talk, and Beverley Minster music.
Midday Prayer is also being streamed each day (Monday – Saturday) via the Beverley Minster Facebook page.
The words to accompany Midday Prayer may be downloaded here >
WORSHIP FOR TODAY: Saturday 4 April
Psalm 121:1-2 Link >
I lift my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth
There is a hope. Stuart Townend Video link >
Coming face to face with a sense of loss that Holy Week and Easter won’t be the same this year does expose us to ask ourselves why we feel this? What is it that we find meaning in? This year it might be very different.
So where do we turn in our sense of loss? The Psalmist reminds us of God’s enduring love and faithfulness to us in all circumstances. At times like this we need a hope that is rooted in the truth of God’s love for us.
Lord Jesus, help me to remember that however dark and difficult life gets, you will always be there with me. As I put my hope and trust in you, help me to discover something new about you in my different journey through the events of Holy Week to Easter this year.
WORSHIP FOR TODAY: Friday 3 April
May the mind of Christ my Saviour live in me from day to day Video link >
In verse 38 Jesus pleads with his accusers to lay aside their prejudices preconceived ideas, and to judge him on what he is doing: the good works. What are the prejudices which prevent us from seeing the good that is being done and rejoicing in it?
Lord Jesus, prise open our self-employed minds that we may recognise you in the lives of those around us.
WORSHIP FOR TODAY: Thursday 2 April
Psalm 105 v4
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.
The Lord is My Light Video link >
It’s important to know that the Lord will never allow you to carry a burden in your own strength. Do you believe this? If you do, know that whatever you face, whatever struggles come your way, know with certainty that the Lord is with you, carrying you if needed, through it all. Nothing can keep you from his love and mercy if you keep your eyes on him.
Heavenly Father, I believe that you are always with me, leading me and protecting me. Whatever I face, help me to see it as an opportunity to come closer to you and to rely more on your strength. Amen.
WORSHIP FOR TODAY: Wednesday 1 April
John 8 31-42
Now thank we all our God, with hearts and hands and voices Video link
“The truth will set us free” and Jesus is the truth and he has given us many freedoms not least the freedom to be a child of God and to live God’s life of love in our own lives.
Heavenly Father, help us not to chafe at the necessary restrictions of our physical freedom but rather dwell on the immensity of the many freedoms that you have given us through the life death and resurrection of your Son our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen
WORSHIP FOR TODAY: Tuesday 31 March
‘O Lord, hear my prayer.
and let my crying come before you.
Hide not your face from me
in the day of my distress.
Incline your ear to me;
when I call, make haste to answer me.’
Psalm 102. 1-3
Through all the changing scenes of life Video link >
This is not a polite request. The psalmist is desperate ‘in the day of my distress’ and makes a bold demand for God’s help. This reminds us that we can bring all that we are feeling, positive and negative, and know that it will be received by a loving God. This is no time for the stiff upper lip. Faith gives us confidence to speak boldly and make our needs known to God.
Lord our God, your love for us is unfailing. Give us the courage at this time to bring all our concerns for ourselves and others in honesty to you knowing that through Your Son you will never turn us away. Amen
WORSHIP FOR TODAY: Monday 30 March
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
The Lord’s my Shepherd (Psalm 23) Video link >
For many of us the normal rhythms of life have been disrupted. We can be challenged afresh by how we use our time and the space around us. Today’s Psalm (perhaps one of the best known) talks of how God wants to make us lie down in green pastures, and to lead us by still waters. God offers rest and restoration to our body and soul. Why not find some time today to take him up on that offer?
Lord God, help me to not simply replace one set of routines and busy-ness with another. Guide me today in setting aside some time to seek and find your offered rest and restoration. Amen.
WORSHIP FOR TODAY: Sunday 29 March
A Service of Holy Communion with Revd Wendy Wale and Tom Wale
Accompanying Service Sheet: here >
Forty Days and Forty Nights: Video link
Performed by Robert Poyser on the piano
Revd Wendy Wale provides a message for this Sunday Video link
Minster Children’s Talk
Ben Merrell provides a message for the Minster Children Video link
Revd Wendy Wale shares from Notices Video link
WORSHIP FOR TODAY: Saturday 28 March
Psalm 7. 8-10
God is my shield, who saves the upright in heart.
Be Thou My Vision Video link >
The Bible is full of images of God as our protector. At this time the British army are busy distributing protective clothing for NHS workers, shields from infection. As we trust God our shield and breastplate, let us pray for all those who need physical protection at this time.
Father God, we thank you for all those who are working to preserve life and care for the sick and vulnerable. We pray for their protection, health and peace. We ask that those who are anxious and afraid will know you as their saving shield. Amen
WORSHIP FOR TODAY: Friday 27 March
Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and all the people, “This man deserves the sentence of death because he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears.”
A clip from last Sunday’s service for Mothering Sunday from Lambeth Palace.
Sometimes we cannot bear too much truth about ourselves.
The people of Jerusalem didn’t want to hear from the prophet that God had set his face against them, especially when the city was under siege from the Babylonians.
Centuries later, neither did they want to hear Jesus’ warning that by rejecting him they were inviting destruction at the hands of Rome.
When events seem to be against you in your own life, do you feel inclined to blame God, or do they drive you back into God’s arms and a deeper trust?
Lord, have mercy on me, and create in me a clean heart.
WORSHIP FOR TODAY: Thursday 26 March
Cornerstone (Hillsong) Video link >
The psalmist references a time when the Israelites, full of anxiety and fear for what their immediate future held, turn away from God. They forgot the great things God had done for them, and went against the rules they had been given. In this time of anxiety for what is going on around us, let us continually turn back to God, and not let fear drive us.
We ask that you give us the strength and courage to not give in to the fears that we have. Fears that we have for our health, our family and our world.
Help us to remember that we must continually turn back to you, our Lord who has our back, no matter what.
WORSHIP FOR TODAY: Wednesday 25 March
Great are the wonders you have done, O Lord my God.
How great your designs for us!
There is none that can be compared with you.
If I were to proclaim them and tell of them
they would be more than I am able to express.
Blessed be your name (Matt Redman) Video link >
It can sometimes be hard when we’re “found in the desert place” (to use the words from the song linked above) to remember all the good things that God has done for us and to bring our praise to him. Today, why not set aside some time to consider how we have be blessed by God and his faithfulness, both in the past and in the present.
Even when it feels like the darkness closes in Lord, I still chose to say blessed be your name. Thank you for your faithfulness and blessings to us. Blessed be your holy name. Amen
WORSHIP FOR TODAY: Tuesday 24 March
Psalm 46: 1-8
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Faithful One so Unchanging Video link >
There appear to be two extreme reactions from people to the current situation, one of fear and the other of denial. The Psalmist encourages us to embrace the reality of the nations being in uproar, but to turn to God who is unchanging, faithful and a source of comfort.
Father God, we thank you that you are our ever-present help in times of trouble. We bring you our fears and concerns for your world and all those who are sick, fearful or overwhelmed. We ask that they will know you as their Faithful One. Amen
WORSHIP FOR TODAY: Monday 23 March
Kyrie Eleison by Nick and Anita Haigh Video Link>
It’s good to bring all of our emotions before God – whether we feel ‘utterly dismayed’ or whether ‘my heart sings to you without ceasing’.
The psalm expresses a rollercoaster of emotion; but when disaster catches us unprepared, we can still call upon God who turns mourning into dancing.
Lord, be my helper, strengthen me in my weakness, raise me up, and turn my dismay into songs of praise. Amen.
WORSHIP FOR MOTHERING SUNDAY: Sunday 22 March
A Service of Holy Communion
Accompanying Service Sheet here >
Be Still for the Presence of the Lord Video link here >
Performed by Robert Poyser, and recorded at Beverley Minster
Revd Canon Jonathan Baker provides a reflection for Mothering Sunday
Praeludium in G minor BuxWV 149 Dieterich Buxtehude Video link here >
Performed by Robert Poyser, and recorded at Beverley Minster