A Quiet Place at Home


July 2020


      Psalm 121




Welcome to "A Quiet Place"  -  An opportunity to come aside at this challenging time and be quiet.  You might like to light a candle.


Music to settle us in:

                  Psalm 121 in HEBREW! בעברית // Joshua Aaron // Esa Einai


and/or         Psalm 121 – St Paul Cathedral Choir



Welcome: Psalm 121, a good Psalm for these times of uncertainty.


Poem:  The Comfort of the Hills by Will H. Ogilvie


Heart! If you’ve a sorrow
  ta ke it to the hills!
Lay it where the sunshine
  cups of colour spills!
Hide it in the shadow
  of the folding fern;
Bathe it in the coolness
  of the brown hill burn;
Give it to the west wind
  blowing where it wills;
Heart! If you’ve a sorrow
  take it to the hills!


Heart! If you’ve a sorrow
  take it to the hills,
Where pity crowns the silence
  and love the loneness fills!
Bury it in bracken
  waving green and high;
O’er it let the heather’s
  peaceful purple lie!
Trust it to the healing
  Heaven itself distils;
Heart! If you’ve a sorrow
  take it to the hills!


Reading: Psalm 121:1-4


I lift up my eyes to the hills—
    from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.



A Prayer: by William Barclay


Loving Father, help me to live one day at a time,

Not to be thinking of what might have been,

Not to be worrying about what may be.

Help me to accept the fact

That I cannot undo the past,

And cannot foresee the future.

Help me to remember

That I will never be tried

Beyond what I can bear;

That a Father's hand will

Never cause his child a needless tear;

That I can never drift

Beyond your love and care.


Reading: Psalm 94:18-19 (AMPC)

When I said, 'My foot is slipping,' your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, held me up.

In the multitude of my anxious thoughts within me, your comforts cheer and delight my soul!


Music: I lift my eyes to the quiet hills (Psalm 121)

                                                                  (words at the end of the sheet)

                   Timothy Dudley-Smith/Michael Baughen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9jHvROqp38  solo &piano



Silence: (5 mins)



Reading: Psalm 121:5-8

The Lord is your keeper;
  the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
  nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
  he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
   your going out and your coming in

     from this time on and for evermore.



Reading: John 10:9,10,14,15(NRSVA)

I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep.


Poem:  A Prayer of St Columba

Alone with none but you, my God,

I journey on my way.

What need I fear when you are near,

O King of night and day?

More safe am I within your hand

than if a host around me stand.



Silence: (15 mins)


Music: Vespera sung by Aled Jones and Libera



Closing Words:  from Vespera


Before the ending of the day

Creator of the world, we pray

That with thy wonted favour, thou

Would be our guard and keeper now.




If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, or would like to chat, please contact Helen Moore on:  

0790 88 22 333        helencemoore@btinternet.com


1    I lift my eyes   
 to the quiet hills

in the press of a busy day;
as green hills stand
in a dusty land
so God is my strength and stay.


2       I lift my eyes   
to the quiet hills
to a calm that is mine to share;
secure and still
in the Father's will
and kept by the Father's care.


3       I lift my eyes   
to the quiet hills
with a prayer as I turn to sleep;
by day, by night,
through the dark and light
my Shepherd will guard his sheep.

4    I lift my eyes   
to the quiet hills
and my heart to the Father's throne;
in all my ways
to the end of days
the Lord will preserve his own.