Trinity 6 (23/7/2017)

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Son of Man
All humanity is part of you

How we long to own
judgements that do not belong to us.
To cast a negative glance and
see a weed in another
to set ourselves apart from
‘people like these.’

Son of woman
Messiah and saviour
Yet one who would not
put out a flickering candle,
nor crush a bruised reed.
There is gentleness in your
judgement, yet power and
fire in the consequence
for all those who cause harm
to the smallest of your children.

Child of humanity
dowe prefer to take the chair
set the parties count the votes
rule who is ‘in’ and who is ‘out’

Forgive us our weediness
The intrusion into the
good growth of others
that is our exclusion of them.
Our placing injustice
above grace;
division above acceptance
of difference.

Hold until the end times
all our judgements for us
enable us to lay them
before the winnowing angels
without shame.

Trinity 5 (16/7/2017)

Pewsheet 16 July 2017

Prayer

Crowded God
I see peoples all around you
Some are shallow, they won’t stay long
Some are worried, and can’t let their concerns go
Some are distracted by the crowd, on their phones, always fidgeting.
In the crowd, who am I to you?
What place can I have in your Kingdom?
If I find stillness, can I hear and understand,
Even through the crowd?
Hear my one voice among many,
May my faith grow in my heart:
one willing, seeking heart,
ready to listen and understand.
AMEN.

Trinity 4 (9/7/2017)

Pewsheet 9 July 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Jesus was creating a stir. Everybody was talking about him and arguing about whether this young rabbi was for real or not. John hears the gossip and sends his disciples to ask Jesus “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” (Matt. 11.3) Not that long before John was the one who baptised Jesus. But now John the Baptiser is confused – like everyone else. The great judgement that John had predicted had not materialised, and the message of Jesus is strikingly different.

Jesus sends back a message via John’s disciples, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offence at me.’ We don’t hear how John responded.

Today’s Gospel brings together the contrasting styles and tones between John and Jesus.

 PRAYER

God, we are shocked at the inclusiveness of your Love.
Forgive our narrowness and prejudice.
Heal those hurts which have left a legacy of fear
And hamper our capacity to trust.
Open our hearts to your love
That accepting your kind yoke
We may find in the struggles and difficulties of life
The joy and rest which you promise.
Amen.

Trinity 3 (2/7/2017)

Pewsheet 2 July 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

God of transforming welcomes,
who continually reaches out to bring Good News to those who need it
And invites us to participate in the continuing work of Jesus;
May we so act in generosity of spirit, and loving concern for others
That we may become members of your community of grace,
Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.
Amen.

A GOOD READ

Once upon a time our society was rich in stories. They united us and helped us to understand the world and ourselves. We called them myths. Today, we have a myth gap.
Does that matter? Alex Evans argues powerfully and persuasively that it does. In this time of global crisis and transition– mass migration, inequality, resource scarcity, and climate change – it is only by finding new myths, those that speak to us of renewal and restoration, that we will navigate our way to a better future. It is stories, rather than facts and pie-charts, that have the power to animate us and bring us together to change the world.
The Myth Gap, What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren’t Enough by Alex Evans, Penguin 2017.

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.