Message from the chaplain: 17 September 2021

St Marys Senior School News 17 September final for emailing and app

The new term started with morning prayer: a prayer of praise to begin not just the day, but also the new school term. During this time of the pandemic, we have lost much, and we have gained much.

Starting the term with morning prayer, instead of the Eucharist, was a reminder that we are still in a time of pandemic and need to remain vigilant and cautious in all that we do. While the Eucharist is the central act of worship for the church and the school, the daily offices of morning and evening prayer help us keep time. These services serve as a daily reminder that “for everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven, a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time dance; a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing ” (Ecclesiastes 3:1,2,5)

May we give thanks to God that we were able to gather in chapel for worship and give thanks for the time of rest we have had and for the beginning of the new term, asking for God’s grace during this last term of the year for 2021.

Let us pray:

O God of new beginnings:
give us courage to turn and joyfully follow you
into new adventures of faithful service;
through Jesus Christ our light and our salvation,
God, for ever and ever.


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