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

While the Church remains closed, we will put a few reflections on this page.

                                     

The Prayer Space Cross: Sandie explains

I wanted to represent  St Andrew’s church and the surrounding area and so I looked at the decoration already in our church. 
Our youngest grandchildren identified and listed all the colours in the two stained glass windows by the prayer space for me to use. I have attempted to use all these colours and some of the other decorative features in the work.
My early thoughts led me to the use of an application method of one particular colouring medium to represent the design.
Equally the shape of the cross became the only possible shape for the work to physically fit both the corner and the required  wording.
I see this cross shape as not only being the cross of the crucifixion and symbol of Christianity but of a figure with arms opening wide to welcome all to pray.
The design of the background  fabric represents at face value the landscape that surrounds Kelso with the river, hills and valleys and also the movement of water and the clouds of the sky. Both of these things always moving and changing but constant here on the cross.   (Bob saw these as waves of peace and no doubt there will be other personal interpretations.)
The blue fabric of the letters links the windows, carpet and chairs in church as well as the fabric often used in the prayer corner installations. It was chosen specifically for its colour which would be visible all around the church building and also for the design upon it which to me look like seeds. This again references the agriculture of the Borders as well as sowing the word of God and the bosses on the beam across the chancel  which  at certain angles look like  seeds.
Over the cross are small areas of silver beadwork and lines of gold-work following designs developed from the decoration of the chancel ceiling and the artwork on the pulpit. These also reflect the gold and silver on the windows and around church.
The whole work refers to the love of God, the wonders of nature and the gifts, skills and creativity that God has given to us to enjoy, as well as the gift of an invitation to prayer.
I would particularly like to thank Peter Tucker who translated my ideas and measurements into a good, solid frame for the  work and for fixing it all  securely  to the wall.    Sandra Goddard.

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

 

    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 our Lay Reader.