On 27th September 2020, across the world our partners will join us in celebrating Cross of Nails Sunday.
It’s an opportunity for all worship communities involved with the CCN to pray together as one body, and a chance for us all to reconnect our communities with why the CCN matters, why Coventry still inspires, and where the parallels with our own stories lie.
The central element of Cross of Nails Sunday is a short segment in each partner church’s main Sunday worship service on that day, plus prayers, readings, hymns and other music, and/or talks from those locally whose work in reconciliation inspires, or about which people need reminding.
Each year a different member national board will lead the service; this year’s service will come jointly from Coventry Cathedral in the 80th anniversary year of the Cathedral’s bombing, and from the CCN UK & Ireland member board. Due to the global pandemic in 2020 and its ongoing impact on worship, it will take the form of a half-hour video with various parts, which can be slotted, either in its entirety or in part, into each partner’s Sunday service, either by use of the video itself or by using the same liturgy in person. Alternatively it can be watched at home. The film will be ready in early September (but shared publicly online from the day itself) and the liturgy wording in late July.
The draft Liturgy for Cross of Nails Sunday will be ready by the end of July. Do check our Thought for the week listings to get a flavour of the breadth of our partner organisations and their work. Watch also this wonderful and inspiring video from Bishop Michael Oulton and St George’s Cathedral, Kingston, Ontario, first published the year they joined the network, in 2017: