Dear All,

Another week has gone by & we are into October!  Nationally, September has been a momentous month with the death of our Queen, the accession of King Charles III & a new Prime Minister.  The reflections following the Queen’s death that came to us from all kinds of individuals & groups were very moving – the faith aspect in particular from which all the great things of her reign seemed to flow gave us much to ponder on.  One strong theme was service & we have gathered a few pieces of writing that looks at this value.  We hope they may add to the many thoughts that you will already have on this topic.

Have a good week.  Our blessing is the Repose blessing from New Dawn– may it reach out beyond ourselves including to our royal family who are at that strange point where all the public events & attention have waned & they face the reality & pain of loss.

God, bless to me this day, God, bless to me this night;

Bless, O bless, thou God of Grace, each day & hour of my life.

God bless the path on which I go,

God bless the earth beneath my feet.

Bless, O God, give to me your love,

Bless, O God, my rest & my repose.

 

With love & best wishes to you all

 

 

Service & Presence.

Service without presence is sleep, & if we are identified with service, if we expect thanks or some reward it instead becomes a demand. The service that is spiritual practise is beyond attraction & beyond the limited ego.  This service depends on a shift of awareness.  Through it we are lifted out of our egoism; in it we become motivated by unconditional love of the life around us.  It is the Beloved loving through us & the Generous giving through us.  Service is the outcome of our awareness of the environment as a whole.  When we shift from our personal preoccupations to a wider awareness, we can be more awake to opportunities for service.  Any action without presence is mechanical, & any step outwards requires a corresponding step inwards.  If we are to truly grow in service, we must simultaneously grow in presence.

 

 

Serving through our Work

Work changes into service when we view it as more than something that has to be done, when it becomes a way for our authentic self to transmit integrity, kindness & justice.

A huge amount of our work in our world begs to be done with an attitude of care.  Let us be of service to others with our strengths & limitations, trusting that God will take the best of who we are & bless others with it.

Joyce Rupp

 

 

The Clearing

Martha Postlethwaite

Do not try to serve
the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
Instead, create
a clearing
in the dense forest
of your life
and wait there
patiently,
until the song
that is yours alone to sing
falls into your open cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then
will you know
how to give yourself
to the world
so worthy of rescue.

 

St John Henry Newman.

God has created me
To do him some definite service.
He has committed some work to me
which he has not committed to another.
I have my mission.
I may never know what it is in this life.
But I shall be told in the next.
I am a link in a chain,
a bond of connection between persons.
He has not created me for nothing.
I shall do good, I shall do his work.
Therefore, I will trust him.
Whatever, wherever I am, I cannot be
thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may
serve him
If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may
serve him
He does nothing in vain, he knows
what He is about.
He may take away my friends. He
may throw me among strangers,
he may make me feel desolate, make
my spirits sink.
Hide my future from me—
still he knows what he is about.