Tag Archives: prayer

Restlessness

Tuesday 6 December

In the middle of  Summer, standing on the beach in bare feet the sand burns. One is reduced to hopping from foot to foot, seeking relief, until eventually managing to scrape off the surface layer of sand and uncover cooler damp sand underneath. And there is blessed relief. A wild   dance of agony sinks into relaxation.

In our frantic preparations, in our mad shopping trips, in our keeping up with the neighbours let us focus again on he who comes to bring peace. Let us remind ourselves where our grounding lies.

“Our heart is restless until it finds its rest in you.” St Augustine.

(further extracts from

Further details of the quote from St Augustine

 Jesus, the answer to our frantic restlessness, may I find your peace though my prayers and  actions this day. Amen

 

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Focus

Monday 4 April

The prayer at the end of one of this morning’s psalm was moving for me.

Gracious God, you are full of compassion;
may we who long for your kingdom to come
rejoice to do your will
and acknowledge your power alone to save;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

so very Easter in its focus.

Easter Renewal

Tuesday 29 March

Easter Sunday followed the previous two Sunday’s when a sudden increase of worshippers seemed to answer our prayers for growth. Even humble Evensong welcomed extra worshippers.

‘New the green blade rises’ was sung – an amazing reflection of a busy Passiontide and Easter.

Jesus – making all things new.

Easter Eve

Saturday 26 March

Prayer for Easter Eve

God, our light and our salvation,illuminate our lives,
that we may see your goodness in the land of the living,
and, looking on your beauty,
may be changed into the likeness of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Harold Wilson

Saturday 12 March

Did you know that yesterday marked the centenary of Harold Wilson’s birth?

Harold Wilson born and bred,schooled and raised in Huddersfield. Huddersfield Parish Church held an Choral Evensong for his family, before visits to his former home and school and then a lecture at the University of Huddersfield given by Alan Johnson.

Remembering before God a famous son of the town.

  

Negotiating in Prayer

Friday 11th March

For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday, which passes like a watch in the night.

A reading from psalm 90 and my mind wandered.

I was reminded of the person who used negotiation as a form of prayer.

“Lord is it true that a thousand years in your sight is as but a moment?”

And the Lord replied: “Yes, my child!”

And the person prayed: ” Would a million gold coins be but as a penny to you?”

And the Lord replied: “Yes, my child!”

“Could I have loan of a penny, Lord?”

“In a moment, my child!”

Offer prayer and don’t negotiate, but then we are only human.

  

Growing Spiritually

Saturday 5th March

I visited the back table at church to pick up one of the resources that we have supplied for Lent. But when I got there the table was bare and all that was left was a prayer card.

O God, who alone brings growth to your church, send your Holy Spirit to give the vision to our planning, wisdom to our actions and power to our witness. Help a church to grow in numbers, commitment to you and service to our local community, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

I am glad that the resources are in people’s homes and hands and minds and hearts