A very warm welcome to all
Psalm 139: “Search me out, O God, and know my heart.”
The Second Sunday After the Epiphany
Readings: 1 Samuel 3: 1-10 (11-20); 1 Corinthians 6: 12-20
Gospel: John 1: 43-51
In our Gospel today
Last week, on the first Sunday of the New Year, Jenny encouraged us to think of our purposes for this year. This week all our readings talk of God’s purpose for us, and how we might come to recognise it – and avoid the other things we might do that are not what God wants from us. Our first reading is the familiar call to Samuel, the boy who keeps thinking his human master Eli is calling him, while in our Gospel reading Jesus recognises Nathaniel – and that recognition means that he knows Nathaniel’s purpose. The Psalm and the Epistle show us how we are made for God’s purpose – fearfully and wonderfully.
Air Commodore Reg Whittaker MBE
Air Commodore Reg Whittaker MBE passed away this week after a long life of church involvement and public service. Although only a member at St Mary’s for a short while he will be remembered fondly for his warmth, modesty and gracious character. We pray for his wife Moy and their close family at this time of loss. Service to be held at Gilcomston South Church on 22nd January at 11am
Annual General Meeting
St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Annual General Meeting will take place after the 10am Service on Sunday 4th February. Bishop Dorsey McConnell will be with us for the service and the AGM. Reports for the AGM should be available to send to the Diocesan Office about one week before the AGM.
New Vestry Members Required
The Vestry need a few new Ordinary Members as some existing members complete their period of service and also because we’ve been running a little low on members for some time now. If you would like to know what’s involved or are keen to be nominated, please speak to one of our wardens. Nomination forms for Vestry membership and other Vestry offices are available at the back of church. Please note that forms must be submitted to the Vestry Secretary by 28th January latest.
The Vestry will be meeting on Tuesday 16th January at 7:30pm.
The St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Calendar for 2024 is available in church. Now that we are in 2024 you can have a copy for the bargain price of £5!
Please remember to pick up a copy of the Christmas Magazine or read the articles on our website: https://stmaryscardenplace.org.uk/st-marys-magazine-christmas-2023/
Services and events commencing this Sunday and for the coming week
Sunday 14th January No 8am Service
Sunday 14th January 10am Sung Eucharist (1982 Liturgy): Revd Kate Gibson presiding and Dr Nicola Mills preaching.
Wednesday 17th January 10am Holy Communion: Revd Roger Dyer
Friday 19th January 6pm Compline: Revd Roger Dyer
Sunday 21st January 8am Said Holy Communion (1970 Liturgy): Revd Jason Hobbs
Sunday 21st January 10am Sung Eucharist (1982 Liturgy): Revd Jason Hobbs
Sunday 21st January readings: Jonah 3: 1-5,10; Psalm 65: 5-12; 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31
Gospel: Mark 1: 14-20
“It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something.”
For any pastoral matters please contact our Assistant Priest Revd. Roger Dyer on 07719 458571