PRAYER SPACE

 

“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.
On Advent Sunday,2019, Rt Rev Dr John Armes,The Bishop of Edinburgh, blessed this new “Prayer Space” Cross, designed and hand-made by Sandie Goddard.

 

                                     

The Prayer Space Cross:
Click the link for Sandie’s explanation of how she created this beautiful piece

Prayer Space Cross Notes

Our new Prayer Theme is based on this picture: The Clay by Ron DiCianni

 

Empty Water Jar Prayer  by: Macrina Wiederkehr

Jesus, I come to the warmth of your Presence knowing that You are
the very emptiness of God.                
I come before You holding the water jar of my life.
Your eyes meet mine and I know what I’d rather not know.

 I came to be filled but I am already full.
I am too full.
This is my sickness:
I am full of things that crowd out Your healing Presence.

 A holy knowing steals inside my heart and I see the painful truth.
I don’t need more. I need less.
I am too full.

 I am full of things that block out Your golden grace.
I am smothered by Gods of my own creation.
I am lost in the forest of my false self.
I am full of my own opinions and narrow attitudes full of fear, resentment, control;
full of self pity, and arrogance.
Slowly this terrible truth pierces my heart;
I am so full, there is no room for You.

 Contemplatively, and with compassion, You ask me to reach into my water jar.
One by one, Jesus, you enable me

to lift out the things that are a hindrance to my wholeness.
I take each on to my heart.

I hear You asking me,
“Why is this so important to you? ”

 Like the murmur of a gentle stream I hear You calling,
“Let go, let go, let go! “
I pray with each obstacle,
tasting the bitterness and grief it has caused.
Finally, I sit with my empty water jar. I hear you whisper,
“You have become a space for God; Now there is hope.
Now you are ready to be a channel of Life.
You have given up your own agenda.
There is nothing left but God.”

 

BROKEN YET BEAUTIFUL
Richard H H Johnston
 

Fragile inside
Feeling so easy to break
In this moment I can’t escape
The predicament of being human
Juxtaposed with poverty
Treasure within a jar of clay
Held most tenderly with loving-kindness
Every piece and every part of who I am
Cherished, loved and embraced
I stand and survey the scene
A painful, poignant tapestry
Interwoven beauty and brokenness
The needle and thread penetrating and piercing the canvas of my soul
In weakness I am held
For me there is no other way
Than to yield again to kindness
Gently and patiently lifting my face
To look into his eyes
Full of love and tenderness
I gulp in gasps of life-giving oxygen
Grace diffusing into my spiritual bloodstream
Bruised and sometimes battered down
I am radiant and alive
Transformed and transfigured
Broken yet beautiful

 

 

The Scottish Episcopal Church has signed up to an Ecumenical Call to Prayer, in response to the Corvid19 Pandemic, at 7pm on Sundays, using these words

God whose name is Love,
You make yourself known to us
As the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sustain us in the knowledge of your love through the times in which we live.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God whose love endures,
May we hear the words of your Son
That echo down the ages:
I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God whose love is generous,
You gift to us your Holy Spirit,
The very giver of Life.
Renew our lives and the life of the community in which we share.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God whose love is steadfast,
You know us as we are for you have made us.
In your compassion, be with all who struggle and grieve at this time.
Remember them and hold them safe in your keeping.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God whose love is from everlasting to everlasting,
Give strength to the weary and power to the weak,
That we might renew our strength
And soar on wings like eagles.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God whose love inspires,
May we love you with all that we are
And love our neighbour in response to your love.
Through our service of others, may your love be revealed.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

This Prayer, from the URC website, is very apposite for the events we are witnessing just now.(June 2020)

 ‘O Lord, let the healing grace of your love so transform us that we may play our part in the transfiguration of the world from a place of suffering, death, and corruption to a realm of infinite light, joy and love.
Make us so obedient to your Spirit that our lives may become living prayers that witness to your unfailing presence. Amen

A Prayer of St Ignatius of Loyola

O Christ Jesus,
when all is darkness 
and we feel our weakness and helplessness,
give us the sense of Your presence,
Your love, and Your strength. 
Help us to have perfect trust 
in Your protecting love
and strengthening power,
so that nothing may frighten or worry us,
for, living close to You,
we shall see Your hand,
Your purpose, Your will through all things. 
Amen
 
 

Beatitudes for a global pandemic. 

Blessed are those who stay indoors for they have protected others.
Blessed are the unemployed and the self-employed, for their need of God is great.
Blessed are the corner shopkeepers, for they are the purveyors of scarce things.
Blessed are the delivery drivers and the postal workers, for they are the bringers of essential things.
Blessed are the hospital workers; the ambulance crews, the doctors, the nurses, the care assistants, and the cleaners, for they stand between us and the grave, and the Kingdom of Heaven is surely theirs.
Blessed are the checkout workers, for they have patience and fortitude in the face of overwork and frustration.
Blessed are the refuse collectors, for they will see God despite the mountains of waste.
Blessed are the teachers, for they remain steadfast and constant in disturbing times.
Blessed are the church workers; the deacons, priests and bishops, for they are a comforting presence in a hurting world as they continue to signpost towards God.
Blessed are the single parents, for they are coping alone with their responsibilities and there is no respite.
Blessed are those who are alone, for they are children of God and with Him they will never be lonely.
Blessed are the bereaved, for whom the worst has already happened. They shall be comforted.
Blessed are those who are isolated with their abusers, for one day – we pray – they will know safety.
Blessed are all during this time who have pure hearts; all who still hunger and thirst for justice; all who work for peace and who model mercy.

May you know comfort. May you know calm. And may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all. Amen.

 By Jayne Manfredi @TheWomanfredi

Be inspired by this version of “Do not be afraid”