Friday, 5th March 2021 - Start the Day with Bishop Paul and Sarah
In Start the Day this morning, Bishop Paul and Sarah speak about David’s complaint in Psalm 64 and how to pray when you experience cruel words spoken against you – hear me, hide me, hold me!
Friday, 26th February 2021 - Start the Day with Bishop Paul and Sarah
On a bright morning with Start the Day, Bishop Paul and Sarah read from Psalm 57 and speak about the new freedom and confidence that comes through worship as our souls wake up to the presence of God.
‘My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music. Awake, my soul!’ Ps 57v7
Thank you to Joanne Arton and Neil Wilson for the beautiful song: Awake my soul!
Sunday, 21st February 2021 - The Collect for today
Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:
give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;
and, as you know our weakness,
so may we know your power to save;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Friday, 19th February 2021 - Start the Day with Bishop Paul and Sarah
Snow drops in the place of snow this morning for Start the Day, as Bishop Paul and Sarah read from Psalm 50 and speak about how we can wander from the good path God’s sets before us without even seeming to notice.
Lent is a season to search our hearts as the Holy Spirit draws back into the good purposes God has for our lives and our world.
Wednesday, 17th February 2021 - Ash Wednesday
Sunday, 14th February 2021
Everyone loves a wedding and what better day than St Valentine's to celebrate marriage
and to share the wedding photos of three couples who were married at St Mary's.
Thanks to our beautiful brides, Aruna, Brenda and Louise.
Aruna and Terence were married at St Mary's, Plumtree on 25th May, 1985.
Their wedding reception was held in a marquee on the lawn of their new home in the parish.
Brenda and Gordon's St Mary's wedding was 18th June, 1988.
Louise and Matthew were married at St Mary's on 28th July, 2001
It was the hottest day of that year, with family and guests sweltering in their smart wedding outfits!
God of love,
send your blessing upon Aruna & Terence, Brenda & Gordon and Louise & Matthew,
and all who are joined in marriage,
that, rejoicing in your will
and continuing under your protection,
they may both live and grow in your love
all their days,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Sunday, 14th February 2021
A Prayer for Racial Justice Sunday 2021
The Archbishops’ Anti-Racism Taskforce has released a prayer ahead of Racial Justice Sunday this week written by Anderson Jeremiah, a member of the taskforce.
Fountain of Mercy and Justice
In a world of inequity and pain
May our actions be our prayer.
We cry out for Shalom, fullness of life to all.
Let the Spirit of Truth guide us.
Let the Spirit of Love free us.
Give us the compassion, courage and resolve
to become the light, we seek
that many may see life and their dignity restored
Inspire us to embody a world without injustice and prejudice
Form us into channels of your love and peace
Let the river of justice and mercy flood our imperfect world
Quenching the thirst of parched souls and lands.
Abide in us o Liberator that we become the Word
so that the world may have Life, Life in all its abundance.
Taken from the book Christian Aid book Rage & Hope: 75 Prayers for a Better World’, Edited by Chine McDonald.
Friday, 12th February 2021
Start the Day, with Bishop Paul and Sarah
Start the Day this morning comes from a snowy Southwell, as Bishop Paul and Sarah read from Psalm 43 and speak about God’s faithful care in times of despair, when it may be hard to hold on to hope.
Thursday, 11th February 2021
Lord, graciously hear us.
Saturday, 6th February 2021
It does not seem long since we celebrated the Feast of Candlemas – the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple at Jerusalem - and marked the end of the Christmas Season.
We now approach the Season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday 17th February.
Our reading from the Gospel according to Matthew is often referred to as the “Great Commission.”
Matthew 28 verses 16 – end
“The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Today is 6th February. When our daughter was very small she was pleased to see that there were so many flags and bunting around to mark her Birthday on 6th February. We didn’t like to explain too fully that the flags were perhaps to mark the Accession of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second! Be that as it may, I am sure that Her Majesty would have been pleased that a small child shared this important date!
In our reading from Matthew’s Gospel today we read the passage which comes at the end of the Gospel and is often referred to as the “Great Commission”. It is not very long ago that we heard the Gospel account of the visit of the Wise Men to the stable in Bethlehem and there they worshipped the baby Jesus and presented to him their gifts. Now, at the end of Matthew’s Gospel we read that the Disciples worshipped Jesus. They received what is often referred to as the “Great Commission.” Their task as true disciples of Jesus was to go make disciples of all nations. That word which is translated as “Go” is interesting. Many people over the centuries have engaged in missionary activity and many people have been brought to faith in Jesus as a result. However here I think the word “Go” can be translated, “As you go through life” – that is to say, as you journey through life, let your life as well as your words, show to others that you are a follower of Jesus. Her Majesty the Queen has often spoken of the importance of faith in Christ in her life. As we celebrate her Accession, we give thanks for her long life and for the faith which has sustained her.
We pray for Her Majesty the Queen
O GOD, who providest for thy people by thy power, and rulest over them in love:
Vouchsafe so to bless thy Servant our Queen, that under her this nation may be wisely governed, and thy Church may serve thee in all godly quietness; and grant that she being devoted to thee with her whole heart, and persevering in good works unto the end, may, by thy guidance, come to thine everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
Friday, 5th February 2021
Part of Psalm 22 appointed for Evening Prayer today is as follows:
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me,
and are so far from my salvation,
from the words of my distress?
O my God, I cry in the daytime,
but you do not answer;
and by night also, but I find no rest.
Yet you are the Holy One,
enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
Our forebears trusted in you;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
They cried out to you and were delivered;
they put their trust in you and were not confounded.
We read in the New Testament in Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 27 that Jesus, hanging on the Cross, cried out words from Psalm 22:
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Even Jesus could feel abandoned.
There are times in life when people feel that they are alone and have no one to whom they can turn.
There are times in life when people may cry out to God in the words of the Psalm: “My God, why have you forsaken me?”
Yet, the Psalmist also provides the answer to the cry of desperation.
Earlier generations, says the Psalmist trusted in God; they cried out to God and God delivered them.
In these difficult times, we too need to continue to place our trust in God who will deliver us.
May each of us know God’s presence in these difficult times.
Collect prayer for today
by whose grace alone we are accepted and called to your service:
strengthen us by your Holy Spirit and make us worthy of our calling;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
4th February 2021
Today the Church remembers Gilbert of Sempringham.
Gilbert was born in 1083 in Sempringham which lies a dozen miles or so to the East of Grantham and just off the A52. He was the son of the local Squire and in 1131, he became the Parish Priest. He gathered at Sempringham a small group of lay men and women and created a lay religious Order for both men and women, which followed the Rule of St Benedict. Gilbert died in 1189 (the same year as King Henry II) but at a somewhat greater age than the King, for Gilbert had, by then, reached the age of 106 years. The Abbey, along with other monasteries in England which were dissolved in the sixteenth century, came to the end of its life in 1538.
A Prayer for Gilbert of Sempringham whom we remember this day.
Almighty God, by whose grace Gilbert, kindled with the fire of your love, became a burning and shining light in the Church:
inflame us with the same spirit of discipline and love, that we may ever walk before you as children of light;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
3rd February 2021 - A message from Revd Trevor and our Collect prayer for today
Today, the Church remembers Seiriol who was an Abbot in Wales.
Had we been able to meet in Church this morning for our Wednesday service then I would have mentioned Seiriol. I read in the book, "Exciting Holiness" that Seiriol (also known as Seiriol the Fair) was the son of Owain Danwyn ab Einion Yrth ap Cunedda Wledig. I am rather thankful that I do not need to try read that name out loud this morning! During the first half of the 6th Century, he became the Founder and first Abbot of Penmon in Anglesey. He also had a retreat at Penmaenmawr where he had a chapel and spent much time there in prayer.
The Collect - the special prayer for Seiriol for today, following on from the actual feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple yesterday (Candlemas) reminds us that we all all called to be light to others.
Almighty God, by whose grace Seiriol, kindled with the holy fire of your love,
became a burning and shining light in the Church;
inflame in us the same spirit of discipline and love that we may walk before you as children of the light;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.