O Lord, who hast mercy upon all,
take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me
the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore Thee,
a heart to delight in Thee,
to follow and enjoy Thee, for Christ’s sake, Amen
St. Ambrose of Milan (AD 339-397)
all the fancy words
in the world,
expressed in eloquent prose,
decorated with emotion,
spoken with conviction,
cannot compete with a heartfelt
when all other words fail.
There are times
when we are all too aware
of our limitations,
conscious of sin,
and the distance it creates between us.
is all the heart can bear to say aloud.
It is only you
who can read and understand
the language of our hearts,
only you who can translate our ‘sorry’
into the prayer we would have prayed,
if we had the words within us.
Then you forgive,
and having forgiven
surround us in an embrace of love,
drawing us close to your heart,
as it was always meant to be.
Thank you, Loving Father,
that you listen to hearts,
as well as voices.
And there are many more, more traditional, prayers for Lent to be found at that same page.
Loving God, as we gather today in this place,
We thank you for your unfailing love.
We pray that we may be rooted and established in your love.
We pray that we have power, together with all the saints,
to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ
and to know this love that surpasses knowledge –
that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of you.
Sometimes, Lord, it seems
my faith is mere gravel flying against the wind
of lovelessness and pain.
Yet You have chosen and placed me here;
laid Your grace deep within my being
used my fragments in Your kingdom-building plan.
I pray, Lord, that today
even my shakiest stones
might be a safe place for others to tread.
In Jesus’s name. Amen
(for 17 January 2016) (Webmistress’s note: I see this source page is no longer available.)
Our apologies for the short notice regarding this event –
RESOURCING WORKSHOP FOR WORSHIP LEADERS
Saturday, 2 December 2017, 9.45am – 2.30pm
Venue – St Ninians Uniting Church
208 Karori Road, Karori Wellington
for more information, contact Rosalie Sugrue,
Wellington Lay Preachers Network facilitator
But wait – there’s more, from Rev Silvia Purdie, Minister at Cashmere Presbyterian Church, Christchurch –http://www.conversations.net.nz/ (24 Nov 2017) –
For the Cashmere congregation this year we have prepared a simple photocopied booklet of Christmas readings, including a daily reading guide (with help from Catholic.com). It is not my own work but you’re welcome to view it HERE. It includes a couple of lovely poems from Madeline L’Engle’s fabulous ‘Winter Song’ book, as well as a couple of our very special Kiwi authors, Shirley Murray and Joy Cowley.
The light of the Christmas star to you
the warmth of home and hearth to you
the cheer and good will of friends to you
the love of the Son and God’s peace to you