The COVID19 pandemic has changed much for congregations around the world. In Thorpe we follow guidance from the Church of England and the Diocese of Guildford. Over this period we are trying to balance opportunities for worship in our medieval church whilst ensuring regular virtual services and prayer times are available for those unable to attend.

So whilst we may not all be able to gather at St Mary’s, we can still all watch and wait, hailing “Come, Lord Jesus”.

Maranatha is a series of daily reflections and prayers which are made available on Facebook and this site. Many of the reflections are pre-recorded with some live. They are led by the clergy team and lay members of the congregation.

We are drawing on the book “Come, Lord Jesus” by Geoffrey Rowell and Julien Chilcott-Monk but daily reflections may differ and will usually be written by the individual leading that day.

About the book

Come, Lord Jesus! invites readers to enter more deeply into the mystery and wonder of the Incarnation of Christ. For each day from the first Sunday of Advent to the Feast of the Epiphany, readings, prayers, and suggestions for daily devotions help readers interact imaginatively with the reactions and feelings of the biblical figures involved with the story of Jesus’ birth.

Rowell and Chilcott-Monk focus particularly on Mary, her “yes” to God at the Annunciation, and her own journey from Bethlehem to Calvary. The title of the book is a translation of a New Testament prayer, Maranatha!, an expression of the longing, hope, and unity of purpose among the first followers of Christ. At a time of year when commercial pressures threaten to obscure the child in the manger, Come, Lord Jesus! will focus hearts and minds afresh on the miracle of love at work among us.