What is liturgy?

Liturgy is one of those words that is frequently used, but rarely explained. When people say that they don’t need to come to church to pray, they can pray at home, that is perfectly trues, but rather misses the point. Because in church we are not just praying and reading the Bible, but we are worshipping God together in a structured way. And that is what we mean by liturgy … More What is liturgy?

The Importance of Music in Worship

Good morning and a very warm welcome to our service of Holy Communion, celebrating our patron saint, St Margaret of Antioch. We also celebrate music! Despite Covid regulations still restricting singing during worship, today we share with you all we recently learned during the “Inspiring Music in Worship” course attended by many of our music group, Maggie’s Music Makers. Rev Sue will preside, Rev Deborah will preach, and Reader Christine will share with us the reasons behind each hymn choice … More The Importance of Music in Worship

A Spotless Rose

This article was written for the December 2017 issue of hte parish magazine. Composed by Paul Mealor, the text is taken from a 15th century anonymous German poem, translated into English by Catherine Winkworth in 1919. The poem was based on the prophecy of Isiah in 11.1: “And there shall come forth a rod out … More A Spotless Rose

I Vow to Thee My Country words: Sir Cecil Spring Rice (1859-1918), music: Gustav Holst (1874-1934)

This article was written for the November 2017 edition of the parish magazine. A long time favourite, I was reminded of this hymn in May 2017 when I attended an Open Day at Trinity Laban Conservatoire with Jennifer. The last item on the schedule for prospective vocal applicants was a master class with mezzo soprano … More I Vow to Thee My Country words: Sir Cecil Spring Rice (1859-1918), music: Gustav Holst (1874-1934)