“Be still, and know that I am God”. We have created a Prayer Space in front of the altar in the Lady Chapel, with visual aids and suggestions for personal reflection. These will be changed monthly,and everyone is welcome to contribute ideas for future themes. Rev Grace Redpath will be delighted to discuss ideas with you.
This month’s Prayer Space –” Autumn -Harvest”– has been created by Andrew and Margaret Taylor
Autumn – Harvest The Season of Creating Space
Autumn is a season of fruitfulness.
This is the time of year when most of the produce from the land ripens and is harvested.
A time when the long days of Summer get noticeably shorter, the trees change colour and release their leaves to the ground – a curious mix of celebration and loss.
Loss of warmth, rich foliage, colourful flowers, crop-filled fields, and, of course, the light rapidly retreating by the time we get to the Autumn Equinox.
Nature tells us that all this letting go is for a reason. All the harvest produce is made up of what the earth has released for us. The deciduous trees articulate the greatest messages of Autumn. Leaves little by little change and become humus. The humus sinks down and becomes the earth around those slender roots that sustain the trees for the next season of life.
In John chapter 12 verses 24-25 (The Message), Jesus says:
“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal”.
We may all suffer losses in our lives, or times when we have to let go.
In the Bible, we read that when people bring these experiences into the perspective of faith in God, they discover that a willingness to let go and grieve creates a space for new possibilities. This kind of grieving creates a space for new vision. We begin to see things -the future – in a new light.
In Isaiah chapter 43, verses 18-19 (New International Version), God says:
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland”.
The Autumns that come our way nearly always involve some kind of grieving. If we place our lives before our Heavenly Father, situations and circumstances can be transformed into new opportunities and hope.
There is a season…and a time..to every purpose…
The Prayer Board
You are invited to leave personal prayers on the Prayer Board. These will be included in our Intercessions at the mid-week Communion Service each Wednesday for four weeks, and then respectfully removed.
We always remember in our prayers the residents of Queen’s House, Murray House, Evanthea House, and Grove House, together with all who receive Holy Communion at home.
We continue to hold Sandra Wright in our prayers as she trains to be a Lay Reader.
We pray for Pauline Jones, Theological Student on placement with us.