A Quiet Place at Home
Welcome to "A Quiet Place" - An opportunity to come aside at this challenging time and be quiet. You might like to light a candle.
This session is based around part of a prayer from the Iona Community.
Music to settle us in: Ludovico Einaudi's "I Giorni"
performed by Sally Maer (cello) & Sally Whitwell (piano)
Lord, teach us to silence our own hearts the we may listen to the gentle movement of the Holy Spirit within each one of us and sense the depths which are of God. Amen
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: ‘Everyone is looking for you!’
Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else – to the nearby villages – so that I can preach there also. That is why I have come.’ So he travelled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
A Thought: by Sister Stanislaus Kennedy
On one of my first visits to the US I was advised never to look the homeless people on the streets in the eye. Now, the one thing I know about homeless people is that their deepest need is to be recognised, to be greeted, to be shown respect, to be treated like 'ordinary' people. That is more important to them than food or clothes or shelter or money.
That was one piece of advice I did not take.
You keep us looking.
You, the God of all space,
Want us to look in the right and wrong places for signs of hope,
For people who are hopeless,
For visions of a better world that will appear among the disappointments of the world we know.
So, thank you…for the looking time.
Silence: 5 mins
Reading: Luke 5: 12-13 (NRSVA)
Once, when he was in one of the cities, there was a man covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground and begged him, ‘Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.’
‘I do choose. Be made clean.’ Immediately the leprosy left him.
Poem: Compassion by Ann Lewin
Knowing within oneself
Some of the cost.
Spurred to activity,
One hand stretched outstanding
To those who suffer,
One stretched out to
God who suffers too.
The sharp edge of love,
You keep us loving.
You, the God whose name is love,
Want us to be like you –
To love the loveless and the unlovely
and the unlovable;
To love without jealousy or design or threat,
And most difficult of all, to love ourselves.
So, thank you…for the loving time.
Silence: 15 mins
Music: Taize - Dona Nobis Pacem Domine. - Lord, grant us peace
A closing prayer:
written hundreds of year ago but so relevant to our present time
Keep watch, dear Lord,
with those who wake, or watch, or weep this night,
and give your angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend those who are sick,O Lord Christ.
Give rest to those who are weary;
bless those who are dying,
soothe those who are suffering,
pity those who are afflicted,
shield those who are joyous;
and all, for thy love's sake.
evening prayer - Saint Augustine of Hippo - 4th
A Final Thought by Leo Tolstoy
You can't work with people without love, just as you cannot work with bees without caution.
If you are not cautious with bees you harm both yourself and the bees. The same happens with people.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, or would like to chat, please contact Helen Moore on: 07908 822 333 firstname.lastname@example.org