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3rd March 2021

Reflection – A Blessing

A friend shared with me the UK Blessing which had helped her immensely to prepare for a major operation and in her post operative care in the ICU. I think it’s such a beautiful and powerful song.

At this unique and challenging time in the United Kingdom over 65 churches and movements, representing hundreds of others, have come together online to sing a blessing over our land. Standing together as one, our desire is that this song will fill you with hope and encourage you.

Accredited to The UK Blessing.

3rd March 2021

Prayer for today

Almighty God,
you show to those who are in error the light of your truth,
that they may return to the way of righteousness:
grant to all those who are admitted
into the fellowship of Christ’s religion,
that they may reject those things
that are contrary to their profession,
and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

2nd March 2021

Reflection – Isaiah 55, Psalm 25 and words to Hymn ‘I heard the voice of Jesus say’ (Tune Kingsfold)

The words written by Horatius Bonar of ‘I heard the voice of Jesus say’ reflect the sense of Isaiah 55 and Psalm 25 and are comforting.  The piano improvisation by Jonathan Tan on the tune ‘Kingsfold’ provides a moving background while reading the words:
‘Oh, come to the water all you who are thirsty, though you have no money, come! Buy corn without money, and eat; and, at no cost, wine and milk. Why spend money on what is not bread, your wages on what fails to satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and you will have good things to eat and rich food to enjoy. Pay attention, come to me; listen, and your soul will live……..’


I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Come unto me and rest;
lay down, thou weary one, lay down
thy head upon my breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was,
weary, and worn, and sad;
I found in him a resting place,
and he has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Behold, I freely give
the living water; thirsty one,
stoop down and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank
of that life-giving stream;
my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
and now I live in him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“I am this dark world’s light;
look unto me, thy morn shall rise,
and all thy day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found
in him my Star, my Sun;
and in that light of life I’ll walk
till traveling days are done.

Psalm 25 (v4-5)
O LORD, make me know your ways.
Teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth, and teach me;
for you are the God of my salvation.
I have hoped in you all day long.

2nd March 2021

Prayer for today

Almighty God,
by the prayer and discipline of Lent
may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings,
and by following in his Way
come to share in his glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

1st March 2021

Reflection – The Temptation in the Wilderness

This hauntingly beautiful painting of Jesus utterly alone in his experience and agonised,  depicts how many of us may be experiencing our own ‘wilderness’ at the moment….. reading Deuteronomy chapter 8 may focus meditation on ‘wilderness’.

To read more about the painting hanging in the Guildhall Art Gallery, London, taken from the book, “Famous Paintings” Volume 2 printed in 1913 visit the following page:

https://gardenofpraise.com/artprint77.htm

27th February 2021

Reflection – Do not be afraid, Isaiah 43 1-5

The hymn ‘Do not be afraid’ has beautiful words written by Gerard Markland about trusting God that are very moving.  There are two versions to listen to here – St Andrews Cathedral choir and an upbeat Gospel Touch choir – both are equally current and uplifting…. based on Isaiah 43 1-5:

‘Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you; you are mine.  Should you pass through the sea, I will be with you; or through rivers, they will not swallow you up.  Should you walk through fire, you will not be scorched and the flames will not burn you.  For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your saviour….you are precious in my eyes…you are honoured and I love you…Do not be afraid, for I am with you

Philip Stopfords’ beautiful setting of Markland’s poem, ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ is based on Isaiah 43, the music and message are very relevant at this time. In response to the #Covid19 shutdown, a reduced, socially-distanced St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir quickly performed this piece live for broadcast on the Cathedral’s first online Sunday service.

26th February 2021

Reflection – Les Colombes

Last year the Cathedral hosted ‘Les Colombes’ the exhibit of paper doves by German artist Michael Pendry which was at Salisbury Cathedral in 2018 to spread a message of peace and hope. A message we can’t spread too often.

https://coeuretart.com/introducing-michael-pendry/

25th February 2021

Reflection – Darkness in to light

Light rising in the darkness is a current need.  The American photographer Colin Winterbottom captured the light coming through the beautiful stained glass windows of Washington National Cathedral.  The time lapse film he has created leads imagination ….

Isaih58:9-11 

‘If you do away with the yoke, the clenched fist, the wicked word, if you give your bread to the hungry, and relief to the oppressed, your light will rise in the darkness, and your shadows become like noon.  The Lord will always guide you, giving you relief in desert places.’

24th February 2021

Reflection – The Mountain

The Mountain
If the mountain seems too big today
Then climb a hill instead
If the morning brings you sadness
It’s ok to stay in bed.
If the day ahead weighs heavy
And your plans feel like a curse
There’s no shame in rearranging
Don’t make yourself feel worse.
If a shower stings like needles
And a bath feels like you’ll drown
If you haven’t washed your hair for days
Don’t throw away your crown
A day is not a lifetime
A rest is not defeat
Don’t think of it as failure
Just a quiet kind retreat
It’s ok to take a moment
From an anxious fractured mind
The world will not stop turning
While you get realigned
The mountain will still be there
When you want to try again
You can climb it in your own time
Just love yourself til then.

This poem is for anyone who needs a reminder that it’s ok not to be ok and it serves as a reminder that a rest is not a failure .

Poem accredited to Laura Ding-Edwards, 2019.

24th February 2021

Prayer for today

Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:
give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;
and, as you know our weakness,
so may we know your power to save;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

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