An Epiphany Prayer

On this Epiphany, we think upon the Magi and give thanks for their example of faith and their willingness to seek out the true God. We give thanks for their role in revealing the light of Christ – let us follow their example of humility and devotion so that we may also be strengthened in our own journeys of faith.

Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord, may this church and our new parish seek out the light of Christ that all we do here may be focused on your true will. In this time of anticipation and change, we pray for Stephen, for our PCC and for Tom as he prepares to join us. May we all be strengthened by the opportunity that lies ahead and may our hearts be open to new ideas that may help this church shine brightly as a beacon of your light.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

As we look to the months ahead, we pray for our country and our city’s leaders in what will be a year of turbulence and change. We pray that decisions made locally and nationally may be for the good of all and that political interests may be set aside in favour of just and fair outcomes. May Christ’s teaching to love our neighbour be felt and acted upon by all in positions of authority.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Lord, as we think of the Magi, travelling to find Jesus, we pray for those around the world who are fleeing their homes due to poverty, political unrest or natural disaster. Lord, we long for a world without suffering or conflict. Father, may those in positions of power be guided to make decisions for the good of those most in need. And may your guiding light be a source of strength and hope.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Lord of light and love, we pray for those in this parish who are suffering in mind, body or spirit. In a moment of silence we particularly think of those mentioned on the service sheet and those known personally to us who are in need or are no longer with us.

Lord, may your never fading light light up our world and be our constant source of warmth and companionship.

(With thanks to Ed Mills)

St Mary’s inaccessible throughout Christmas Week

We wish to advise that St. Mary’s will be inaccessible to visitors on Tuesday 26th December 2017 until Tuesday 2nd January 2018 inclusive. 

There will be no services at the Church throughout this time. But please note that a joint service will be held with our neighbouring congregation at St. Peter’s at 10:45am on Sunday 31st December.

The Church will welcome visitors once more on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 10am.

Should you need access to the Church or its grounds before then, please contact the Church Wardens, who may be able to assist on a discretionary basis.

Meanwhile, we wish everyone visiting this site a safe and happy Christmas and a blessed New Year:

Light is given where once there was darkness
and hope where there was only death.
We go into this season knowing
that God will guide our feet into the way of peace.

A New Vicar for St. Mary’s

We are delighted to announce that the Reverend Tom Gillum, at present interim Bishop’s Chaplain in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, is to be the Vicar-designate of the Benefice of St. Mary the Virgin, the Lace Market, Nottingham.

The Benefice of St. Mary the Virgin comes into effect on 1st January 2018 as the result of a Pastoral Scheme.

This was announced on Sunday 17th December 2017.

Bach’s Mass in B Minor a triumph…

On Saturday 16th December, St. Mary’s hosted Solomon’s Knot -a collective of Baroque singers and players who are prepared to take risks in order to communicate more directly with their audience.

Their rendition of Bach’s magisterial B minor mass was well-attended and brought the house down at its glorious conclusion. The performance was well-reviewed in the local press.

A photo gallery is available, containing shots taken before and during the performance.

The general consensus seemed to be that it was a great privilege for St. Mary’s to have been able to host such a high-quality musical performance. We look forward to more concerts of similar quality in the New Year!