During this difficult time you may like to use the resources in these links, the first one includes local prayers for our parishes.
The links are PDF files and will open in a new window on a computer or will be downloaded to your mobile device
At the beginning of February, I will take down the last of the Christmas decorations. It’s not because I’m forgetful, but to remind myself that the celebration of Christmas lasts for 40 days, even if the chocolates don’t.
Lent and Easter aren’t too far away, but before we get there, the next few weeks bring us to something the Church calls ‘Ordinary Time’. ‘Ordinary’ is a bit of an unpopular word – sometimes ordinary things are thought to be plain or unexciting. We often want things to be extraordinary or special instead, but we need the ordinary as well.
Ordinary time is ordered or measured time. It is time to live in the present moment, time that is counted and marked not to wish it away or count it down but to savour and enjoy it. Ordinary time celebrates that God is involved in the everyday as well as the extraordinary.
Ordinary time makes special times like Christmas or Easter more special. Living for God week-by-week on ordinary days like Monday to Saturday mean that we will approach Sundays differently when we gather together.
The colour of Ordinary Time is green – the colour of growth.
Living for God in the everyday helps us to become measured people - people who celebrate the good, grieve the bad, and notice where God is to be found in the ordinary.
Canon Linda Wainscott (Diocesan Director of Education) writes:
'When engaging with theology and prayer, children and young people often ask deeply profound questions. Here are a few examples from our diocesan Church of England schools:
As an adult I constantly learn from children and young people in ways that challenge and change me. I often hear the phrase ‘children are the church of tomorrow.’
That worries me….. we are all part of the church of today. How might we welcome, encourage, listen to them and honour all that they bring to us as individuals to God’s church and to the world?
As a new school year is upon us I would like to encourage us all to reflect upon the place of children and young people in the church and in our churches, thanking God for each and every one of them and praying the prayer ‘More Lord.’
“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” (Matthew 19:14)
This is taken fron the Diocesan Prayer Diary for September , available at http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/images/document_library/UDR02925.pdf
With record temperatures in the UK this week, summer is here! Over the next few weeks the rhythm of our lives might be a bit different to usual. We might have the opportunity to go away somewhere, or to spend more time with family and friends. No matter where we are, God promises to be with us and invites us into his peaceful presence.
St Paul writes: "whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:8-9
50 years ago this weekendr humans walked on the moon for the first time. Buzz Aldrin, one of the astronauts, was an elder in the Presbyterian Church and took bread and wine that had been blessed by his Church, so that he could mark this significant moment by giving thanks to God. He participated in the service of Holy Communion to be celebrated on the moon. We meet to worship God, who created the universe, in the same way when we gather together.
When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars, which you have set in place... Lord, how majestic is your name! Words taken from Psalm 8.
Hello, it’s me again, with more of ‘me’ poems.
A couple of years ago, a friend was preparing a ‘Service of Light’ and invited me to write a poem to be included in the readings. Light is used to symbolise God, faith and holiness throughout scripture. In our everyday lives, light is so important in many ways, sustaining our planet, life, our well being, etc. The few words below, I hope, capture this in a meaningful way…Ginny.
Light gradually awakens a new gifted day,
Shadows appear, formed by each beaming ray.
The rising sun bathing our land in it’s light,
And the early bird flutters…..as it takes flight.
We think of the star, that first Christmas night,
As it welcomed our Saviour, the baby of light.
Light is our comforter, when days are grey,
Shining warmth around us, guiding our way.
Light is our being, light is our power to exist.
Lighting creation, as if earth has been kissed.
“I am the Light of the World” said our Lord,
We walk in his light, and hold fast to his word.
When day is done, and the light gradually fades,
The sky is emblazened with the moon and it’s aids.
Church candles flicker, the flames seem to dance,
Lighting worship, lighting thoughts….perchance.
Light remains constant, be it by sun or by moon,
By lantern, by candle, or by firelight in a room.
Thy word O Lord, is a lantern unto our feet,
And your light will always guide us, ‘til we meet.