Wednesday 17th June – Today’s Reflection.


The song “The Blessing” first came out in the early weeks of the lockdown.

It featured singers from 65 different churches in the UK and has gone viral, having over 3 million views so far.

A few weeks ago, Justin and Emily from St Mary’s recorded their version, which has had almost 700 views, the highest number for any of St Mary’s YouTube posts so far.

Today’s version is sung by children from all over the world. We hope it will be a blessing you you.

The viral worship sensation is moving many to tears. Kate Patterson, author of ‘The Promise of Blessing’, explains why she believes the video is having such a profound effect on people.

“Over three million people have now watched The UK Blessing video. Social media saw streams of comments describing how emotional they became when they saw it. A friend asked, “Why so much sobbing?” Fair question. Why has this resonated so widely?

Is it because we have begun to see how much we need God’s blessing? We’re living through a global crisis. Too many have lost loved ones. Some have lost jobs or businesses. The future ahead is rocky economically and the threat of Covid-19 still hangs over us.

Perhaps this Blessing song has struck a chord because it reminds us that we can turn to God and that his nature is to bless us – even though we don’t deserve it.
Many people think God is harsh; they don’t know that he longs to make his face shine upon us.”

Watch it here:



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