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Thursday 17th December - Icon of the Day

Thursday 17th December - Icon of the Day

I’ve always loved [the] image of prayer as birdwatching. You sit very still because something is liable to burst into view, and sometimes of course it means a long day sitting in the rain with nothing very much happening. I suspect that, for most of us, a lot of our experience of prayer is precisely that. But the odd occasions when you do see what T. S. Eliot … called ‘the kingfisher’s wing’ flashing ‘light to light’ make it all worthwhile. And I think that living in this sort of expectancy - living in awareness, your eyes sufficiently open and your mind both relaxed and attentive enough to see that when it happens - is basic to discipleship.

Rowan Williams


Image: White-breasted kingfisher, Bangladesh

Photo: Md. Tareq Aziz Touhid, 2019, cropped and used under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International licence.


In St Mary’s prayer cycle for this month, today we pray for post office workers and delivery drivers.


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':

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