Pray With Us

Dear All,

January can seem a long cold month but we are making headway towards spring!

We are in Christian Unity week.  So we have therefore used a Unity theme but in a very general sense – the unity for which we all long – unity at a personal level through to a global level, and an ‘at-one-ness’ with our creator.   We hope you find something here to suit you.

The blessing this week is the Repose Blessing from New Dawn by Margaret Rizza.

 

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.

 

(Repeat the first two lines)

 With our love & prayer

 

 

Sensing a Vast Unity   

Joyce Rupp

As I stand in my own small space of the planet

revelling in the power and beauty of the heavens, 

I feel a great unity with all beings.

I know that somewhere there is a herdsman

in the Sahara Desert who is also gazing

at the stars of our common universe.

I know there is a lamb in New Zealand

romping in sunlight that also bathes my skin.

I know there is a woman in India

who is going to sleep under the same moon I am. 

I know there is a cactus blooming in Mexico 

under the same sky as mine.

I know that all of us are drinking in the wind

and living under the beauty of the heavens.

I know that all of this is a dance of oneness

amid the bounty of the skies, and I am grateful. 

 

 

Pebbles of Truth

Great Mystery,

For many years in my journey of life

I have searched for a deeper meaning,

One that gives purpose and direction.

I have learned that in every experience

And in each person who comes my way,

In theologies, philosophies, psychologies,

And in every form of spirituality and prayer,

I find another pebble of truth on the path.

All lead me to discover who I am and why:

To enter into the fullness of union with you.

 

 

Receiving Forgiveness

by Henri Nouwen

There are two sides to forgiveness: giving and receiving. Although at first sight giving seems to be harder, it often appears that we are not able to offer forgiveness to others because we have not been able fully to receive it. Only as people who have accepted forgiveness can we find the inner freedom to give it. Why is receiving forgiveness so difficult? It is very hard to say, “Without your forgiveness I am still bound to what happened between us. Only you can set me free.” That requires not only a confession that we have hurt somebody but also the humility to acknowledge our dependency on others. Only when we can receive forgiveness can we give it.

 

 

GOD OF MANY NAMES

Yvonne Morland

God of many names,

revealed & hidden,

we welcome you

in our midst.

bring to our lives

the oil of justice,

the lamp of truth.

Strengthen us as we meet

in fellowship & doubt.

Guard us with your cherishing embrace.

Challenge us as we engage

in dialogue and debate,

provoking us to undermine

walls of division between us.

Remind us to listen

more than we speak;

to be open to receive

More than we can give.

Inspire us on the journey

With the vision of Christ’s passion

To bring light to the world

and glad hearts to those in mourning.

As we wait for the breath

of the spirit to fill us,

keep us ever ready to prophesy,

to see visions and to dream dreams.

As we rejoice in the tasks

which are before us,

walk beside us through our darkness

so that, in you, we will not fail.