Trinity 2 (25/6/2017)

Pewsheet 25 June 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

‘Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.’  Matthew 10, 34.

God of the shining sword,
Of the Angels of ethical war
God of conflict and division
Of the Matyrs and saints

We come today full of contrition
For the conflicts we have avoided
The days we have saved our own skin
Put our own family first, justified ourselves.

We lay before you the troubled conscience
The worried mind, the anxious heart
Which is the fruit of such self–preservation
The high cost of valuing others less than sparrows.

Making peace a God, we have bought only self–delusion.
Where conflict is needed to cry your kingdom
From the rooftops, we have instead whispered
In the dark corridors of power, brokered
Compromises and dissatisfaction in the corners of the night.

Forgive us the stale air of conflict without conviction,
The tired campaign, the heartless hope extended without
Proper thought or care. The shallow commitment, easily
Seen through, the expressed desire to follow
Christ which fails in denial or in lack of action.

Forgive us, for we are truly sorry
Forgive us for we long to be worthy of your Household
Forgive us, for we wish to work for the economy of the Gospel.

Thanks be to you, merciful God, who counts each hair
Upon our heads, and loves each one,
Who values each of us and welcomes us home
To your Household.

AMEN


Read some thoughts about the Grenfell Tower fire here
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Trinity 1 (18/6/2017)

Pewsheet 18 June 2017

Generous Jesus
Yours is an economy of sharing:
one day being thankful for the help received;
another day going a extra mile
to gladly give.
May we, each day, have opportunities
to be generous in giving to others
and generous in our thanks to those who give to us,
knowing that
no–one should be tied solely to a story of debt.
Because you were loved by those
from whom nobody expected any good
and you loved them. Amen.

Trinity Sunday (11/6/2017)

Pewsheet 11 June 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

With the beckoning and dawning of another day,
can the fragile, yet extraordinary words of Jesus
propel us to a wider awareness
a gentler compassion?
To the rediscovery of the sacred in ourselves and in our world.
To that risk-taking place
where we are free to be aware?
To a different journey
in a listening companionship
with these prophets of our time –
the wounded and weary
who, amazingly, announce the Kingdom
and carry in their stories
the seeds of the morrow?
The ‘hidden ones’ whose joy and pain
when threaded through our lives
enlarges the heart and brings new meaning to God’s story.
The God whose light still shines, and who tenderly invites us
to love our neighbours as ourselves.

Anna Briggs, The Iona Community

Pentecost (4/6/2017)

The Bishop and Dean of Southwark have announced that, owing to the continuing restrictions around Southwark Cathedral, the Diocesan Pentecost Service is now to be held at St Mark’s Kennington at 6.30pm tonight.

Pewsheet 4 June 2017

Food for thought

“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”

TS Eliot, Little Gidding V,
Four Quartets (1943)

Easter 7 (28/5/2017)

Pewsheet 28 May 2017

On Ascension Day, Timothy Garton Ash was awarded the Charlemagne Prize ”in recognition of his outstanding scientific and journalistic work as a convincing and influential English European and European Englishman who sees the United Kingdom as belonging to the European community of values”.

You can read his acceptance speech here.

Easter 2 (23/4/2017)

Pewsheet 23 April 2017

The APCM will start at 12 noon in the Coffee Lounge.

Printed reports are availble here and as hardcopy on the day

 

God without fear,
You who call us, again and again, to live without fear,
We confess that we do fear, and when we do,
We hide in rooms.
Be among us. Open our fearful hearts to what is there.
Because you are always with us.
Amen.