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The Rhythm of Worship at St Mary’s
Worship lies at the heart of our Christian life together at St Mary’s. Worship at St Mary’s draws on a number of liturgical traditions. We value music and silence, word and action, the ancient and the contemporary. The rhythm of liturgy gives shape to the year, the month, the week and even the day itself.
The week begins with a said Book of Common Prayer Communion at 0800 on Sundays. This is a quiet service that blends readings from the BCP lectionary with a brief sermon.
Our main Sunday service is a Parish Eucharist at 1000. We sing many parts of this Common Worship service together. Children come for the first part of the service, and then enjoy their Fish and Chip Club together, returning in time to come up to the Communion rail for a blessing. From time to time, prayers for healing with the laying on of hands are offered during this service. Once a term, we have a family service altogether, either in the Church or in the Church Hall.
We use the Book of Common Prayer again for Evensong, at 1830 on Sundays. This is a sung service, using familiar settings for the Magnificat and the Nunc Dimittis. From time to time, there is full choral Evensong.
Once a month, there is a Taize-style service, at 2000 on Sundays, drawing on music from the Taize community in France.
Morning Prayer is normally said in Church at 0830 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, at which we especially pray for the life of the parish and community. There is the more informal Prayer & Toast meeting each Friday as well, at 0730 in the Vestry.
We deeply value the riches of the Church’s year and run seasonal events to help us reflect on the wider story of which we are all part.