PRAYER SPACE

 

“Be still, and know that I am God”. We have created a Prayer Space in front of the altar in the Lady Chapel, with visual aids and suggestions for personal reflection.

 

                                     

The Prayer Space Cross:
Click the link for Sandie’s explanation of how she created this beautiful piece

Prayer Space Cross Notes

 

Our Current Theme

                                                                      Return of the Prodigal Son
                                                      By Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)


The original painting hangs in the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and is based on the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 in the New Testament – a story of homecoming. The picture can speak to us on a number of levels and enable us to ask questions of God and of ourselves.

Henri Nouwen (1932-1996), a Dutch priest, wrote a book of the same name based on this painting. In it he writes, “Coming home meant, for me, walking step by step toward the One who awaits me with open arms and wants to hold me in an eternal embrace”. As he contemplated the picture this was his question: “Had I , myself, really ever dared to step into the centre, kneel down, and let myself be held by a forgiving God?”

 

 

The Scottish Episcopal Church has signed up to an Ecumenical Call to Prayer, in response to the Corvid19 Pandemic, at 7pm on Sundays, using these words

God whose name is Love,
You make yourself known to us
As the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sustain us in the knowledge of your love through the times in which we live.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God whose love endures,
May we hear the words of your Son
That echo down the ages:
I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God whose love is generous,
You gift to us your Holy Spirit,
The very giver of Life.
Renew our lives and the life of the community in which we share.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God whose love is steadfast,
You know us as we are for you have made us.
In your compassion, be with all who struggle and grieve at this time.
Remember them and hold them safe in your keeping.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God whose love is from everlasting to everlasting,
Give strength to the weary and power to the weak,
That we might renew our strength
And soar on wings like eagles.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God whose love inspires,
May we love you with all that we are
And love our neighbour in response to your love.
Through our service of others, may your love be revealed.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Other Prayer Ideas

This Prayer, from the URC website, is very apposite for the events we are witnessing just now.(June 2020)

 O Lord, let the healing grace of your love so transform us that we may play our part in the transfiguration of the world from a place of suffering, death, and corruption to a realm of infinite light, joy and love.
Make us so obedient to your Spirit that our lives may become living prayers that witness to your unfailing presence. Amen

A Prayer of St Ignatius of Loyola

O Christ Jesus,
when all is darkness 
and we feel our weakness and helplessness,
give us the sense of Your presence,
Your love, and Your strength. 
Help us to have perfect trust 
in Your protecting love
and strengthening power,
so that nothing may frighten or worry us,
for, living close to You,
we shall see Your hand,
Your purpose, Your will through all things. 
Amen
 
 

Beatitudes for a global pandemic. 

Blessed are those who stay indoors for they have protected others.
Blessed are the unemployed and the self-employed, for their need of God is great.
Blessed are the corner shopkeepers, for they are the purveyors of scarce things.
Blessed are the delivery drivers and the postal workers, for they are the bringers of essential things.
Blessed are the hospital workers; the ambulance crews, the doctors, the nurses, the care assistants, and the cleaners, for they stand between us and the grave, and the Kingdom of Heaven is surely theirs.
Blessed are the checkout workers, for they have patience and fortitude in the face of overwork and frustration.
Blessed are the refuse collectors, for they will see God despite the mountains of waste.
Blessed are the teachers, for they remain steadfast and constant in disturbing times.
Blessed are the church workers; the deacons, priests and bishops, for they are a comforting presence in a hurting world as they continue to signpost towards God.
Blessed are the single parents, for they are coping alone with their responsibilities and there is no respite.
Blessed are those who are alone, for they are children of God and with Him they will never be lonely.
Blessed are the bereaved, for whom the worst has already happened. They shall be comforted.
Blessed are those who are isolated with their abusers, for one day – we pray – they will know safety.
Blessed are all during this time who have pure hearts; all who still hunger and thirst for justice; all who work for peace and who model mercy.

May you know comfort. May you know calm. And may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all. Amen.

 By Jayne Manfredi @TheWomanfredi

 Women’s Fellowship Prayer 

Lord, you walk beside us, each moment of each day.
You know us by name, see each joy and sorrow.
You have created within us the potential to love and nurture.
You offer us patience and understanding in an uncertain and a complex world.
You have laid upon us the responsibility to carry and care for others.
You have crafted in us minds and imaginations that are able to solve problems and see possibilities.
You have given us the gift of life woven through with colour, texture and variety.
As we gather together may we know and experience your love for us.
Heal us.
Guide us.
Inspire us.
And lead us to reflect more and more of your life within our own.
Amen

Rev Grace Redpath 2020