As the ‘God Who Speaks’ Scripture initiative is extended through 2021 to take into account the cancellation of many non-digital events planned for this year, BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship programme comes from Yorkshire this weekend and focuses on a special Bible-focused service ‘A Word for All Seasons’.
This year is the ‘Year of the Word’ in the Catholic Church in England and Wales – to celebrate, share and live out faith through deeper Scriptural engagement.
Dioceses across the two countries have engaged in different projects as part of this initiative and BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship, scheduled for 8.10am on Sunday 19th July, comes from the Diocese of Leeds where priests and parishioners have been exploring the ‘Word Unlocked’.
Fr Michael Hall will lead ‘A Word for All Seasons’ to reflect on how the ‘God who Speaks’ meets us in the changing circumstances of our lives – especially significant at a time when many Christians will have been turning to the Bible for comfort through the coronavirus pandemic.
Fr Hall is parish priest of two churches St Joseph’s and St Patrick’s in Brighouse and Elland respectively.
The service will include Scripture passages that have particular emphasis on the importance of the Word of God and hymns and motets previously recorded in Leeds Cathedral by the Leeds Diocesan Choirs.
The homily will be given by the Diocese of Leeds’ newest priest, Fr Henry Longbottom who was due to be ordained in Leeds Cathedral just two days before the Sunday Worship Programme.
The God Who Speaks initiative is a partnership between Bible Society and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
Listen to BBC Radio 4 live at 8.10am on Sunday 19th July 2020.
Picture: A closeup shot of a Bible. (Curtis Round/Zuma Press/PA).