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  • Chris Williams

Sunday 15th November - Icon of the Day

‘What does the song hope for? And the moved hands

A little way from the birds, the shy, the delightful?

To be bewildered and happy

Or most of all the knowledge of life?

But the beautiful are content with the sharp notes of the air

The warmth is enough. O if winter really

Oppose, if the weak snowflake

What will the wish, what will the dance do?’

‘Orpheus’ by W H Auden


Image: European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) in autumn morning light, eating the last berries of autumn; Helsinki, Finland.

Photo: ‘Thermos’, 2006, used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic licence.


In St Mary’s prayer cycle for this month, today we pray for Jeff and our church wardens, Barbara and Judy.


In these unprecedented times, St Mary’s is reaching out and supporting our community in many ways, especially online. But with activities in our buildings greatly restricted, we no longer receive the previous level of financial support from collections at Services, nor from hiring out the church and hall buildings.

If you can help us financially to continue to offer Christ's love to our community in these difficult times, as those before us have done down the centuries, please consider making a donation by debit/credit card and to Gift Aid it if possible, by clicking this link to 'givealittle':

Thank you!


If you would like to contribute to these reflections, please do email Katherine Cox at



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