Below is my first ever Liturgical ‘thing’ that I have used/adapted to lead a session of Contemplative Prayer. Thanks to Common Prayer, Rob Bell and others for the use of materials. I also wrote the short ‘Loving God’ prayer. Nothing that original about it, but its timely in this journey as I embrace gratitude alongside contemplation.
Thanks also to Rob Ryan, Tom Baker and Frank Ritchie for inspiration and encouragement in this journey so far. Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘We are in this together’ . The art and importance of building relationships is so vital. Thank you Frank for reminding me again that although enlightening, these journey’s or disciplines are also hard, but from that can come much growth, learning and fruit.
Morning Prayer (Adapted)
O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you
as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Thank you for the freedom to worship you
Thank you for the opportunities we have each day
Thank you for food we have to eat
Thank you for family and friendships
Thank you for the freedom we have to express opinions
Thank you that you invite us to partner with you
Blessed are the poor, for theirs is theKingdomofGod.
Blessed are the hungry, for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they are the children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness and justice, for great is their reward.
Soul of Christ, sanctify us;
Body of Christ, save us;
Blood of Christ, Cleanse us;
Passion of Christ, strengthen us.
Through our lives and by our prayers : may your kingdom come!
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Galatians 5: 1, 22-23, 25-26
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Come, Holy Spirit. We pray that your fruit would grow within us and be demonstrated and outworked in our lives.
Let us embrace the simple truth that we were made to give ourselves to a cause bigger than ourselves. A cause that increases peace and hope in the world. A cause, a purpose, a task that makes the world a better place. Help us God to know where we can play our part in seeking to live out your values and to live for the outworking of your Kingdom on earth in the present.
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with us : wherever he may send us;
May he guide you through the wilderness : protect us through the storm;
May he bring us home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown us;
May he bring us home rejoicing : at the wonders of his love.