St Mary, Aston

Living God's Love

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Thought for the Day

 



Thursday, 28 May

Loving Creator we honor you, and we honor all that you have made. 
Renew the whole world in the image of your love. 
Give us what we need for today, 
and a hunger to see the whole world fed. 
Strengthen us for what lies ahead; 
heal us from the hurts of the past; 
give us courage to follow your call in this moment. 
For your love is the only power, 
the only home, the only honor we need, 
in this world and in the world to come. 
Amen. 

Paraphrase of Lord's Prayer by Sarah Dylan Breuer.


Wednesday, 27 May

Sent by Rev Wendy 

If you yearn to do more and feel helpless and lost

If grief seems too much at this time of great cost

If you’re anxious about what the future may bode

Or you’re tired with balancing a challenging load

May the songs of creation be a balm for this place

May the colours of spring bring you glimpses of grace

And may the Creator whose love will never cease

Surround, sustain and uplift you and give you peace. Amen.   



 

Tuesday, 26 May 

Have we ever seen a more perfect Spring? Or maybe we’ve just never had the time before to really listen to early bird song or wander quiet lanes where May blossom has been thick and white and lacy cow parsley waist-high along the hedgerows? 

The poet Gerard Manley Hopkins sees God's creative work in all this in ‘God’s Grandeur’:

And for all this, nature is never spent;

There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
 Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs--
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings. 

 

……. a hopeful image as we prepare to celebrate Pentecost on Sunday


Wednesday, 27 May 

Sent by Rev Wendy 

If you yearn to do more and feel helpless and lost

If grief seems too much at this time of great cost

If you’re anxious about what the future may bode

Or you’re tired with balancing a challenging load

May the songs of creation be a balm for this place

May the colours of spring bring you glimpses of grace

And may the Creator whose love will never cease

Surround, sustain and uplift you and give you peace. Amen.   



Monday, 4 May


Imagine God sitting with his Laptop. 
A celestial programmer building software for us all to use.

All we have to do is use the mouse of prayer to open
the folder of his love and access a whole range of programs.

Programs to support us when in doubt; to protect us
when in danger; to comfort us in our grief and to share with us in our joy.
Our “User Manual” (the Bible) is readily available and
easy to use.  We just need to click on to the relevant passage to bring up
the menu of tools to show us the way.

Of course, there will be times when hackers break in
to corrupt the files.  When the virus we know as the Devil disrupts the
whole system.  When our personal computer is in danger of crashing.

But God is our anti-virus, our firewall, always available to restore our system to order.
All we have to do is switch on, and call him up

© Ann Edwards 2004





Sunday, 3d May

Traditional Scottish blessing  

If there is righteousness in the heart, there
will be beauty in the character


If there is beauty in the character, there will
be harmony in the home               
 

If there is harmony in the home, there will be
order in the nation           

If there is order in the nation, there will be
peace in the world               

So let it be.




 

Saturday, 2 May  

Lord have mercy

on your creation, on the world you have made,

on every living creature, on me.

Christ have mercy

on those who are lost, on those who stray, on me.
 

Lord have mercy

on the dispirited, on the depressed, on the despairing, on me.  

                                                           Amen

 

(from David Adams)

 

Friday, 1 May

 

Headline in Church Times: 'YouTube sermons will not feed the hungry'....

Matthew 25. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger, or needing clothes? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’..

 

 


 

Thursday 31st April

 

 

 

 

 

Today's thought comes from one of our churches... a Christ-like response to 'survivor's guilt' ...

 

 

 

(abridged)

‘Every time I go for my daily walk, I thank God for my blessings and my fortunate position as well as "consider all the works His (Thy) hand has made". On every walk, I meet at least one person with whom I have the discussion of our blessings and fortune... about being able to walk in the open air safely with Creation all around us, that we can sustain ourselves, etc. and how awful it must be for people with low income (if any), nowhere to walk, living in a tower block in an inner city, etc.  We also have hobbies, gardens to maintain and sit in, etc...
Samaritans have only 30% of staff doing shifts on the phones but have a significant increase in callers.                                                                               

Charities are already suffering and many are likely to go under.
I wonder how much less we spend a week than normal (even if the wine bill is through the roof!) 


(Everyone's situation is different but
) Could we donate some of that to a different charity each week?... try to share it around to charities that address different problems?...                                                                               

 

 

Could we carry on supporting, in a small way, the hairdressers, cleaners, pubs and restaurants we would normally use?...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 28th

An ancient evening prayer as we remember members of the NHS and key workers who have died, and all who serve us in this crisis: 

From Saint Augustine - 4th century AD

Watch thou, dear Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight,
and give thine angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend thy sick ones, O Lord Christ.
Rest thy weary ones.
Bless thy dying ones.
Soothe thy suffering ones.
Pity thine afflicted ones.
Shield thy joyous ones.
And all, for thy love's sake.

Amen.


Friday 24th

 

 


 

 

 

 

Thursday 23rd

 

A Morning Prayer from David Adams

Lord help us to know

we are in your hands, 

we are under your protection,

we are covered by your love.

 

Lord we ask you today

to deliver us from evil,

to guide us in our doings,

to defend us from all harm.

 

Lord give us 

ears to hear your call,

hands to do your work,

and hearts to respond to your love. 

 


 

 

 

Wednesday 22nd

Peter and I were married one year ago today and this was our final hymn.   It reminds us to thank God even in hard times for all his blessings. And trust Him to 'keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed; And free us from all ills, in this world and the next!' Please sing it with us today:

1. Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

2.      Oh, may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills in this world and the next!

3.      All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given,
The Son, and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven—
The one eternal God, Whom earth and Heav’n adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

with love and prayers

Jenny

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 21st

 

 

 

God's words spoken to each one of us through the Old Testament prophet Isaiah to strengthen us in hard times:  

 

 

But now thus says the LORD,

 

 

He who created YOU...

He who formed you YOU...

‘Fear not, for I have redeemed YOU;

I have called you YOU, by name, YOU are mine.

When YOU pass through the waters, I will be with you YOU;

and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm YOU;

when YOU walk through fire YOU shall not be burned,

and the flame shall not consume YOU.

For I am the LORD your God,

the Holy One of Israel, YOUR Saviour...

because YOU are precious in my eyes,

and honoured, and I love YOU.  (Isaiah 43) 

Revd. Jenny


 

Monday 20th April

... from Meditations on the Eye of a Needle* 

 
The first thing we have to do is to notice that we have loaded down the camel with so much baggage we’ll never get through the desert alive. Something has to go. 

Then we can begin to dump the thousands of things we’ve brought along with us until even the camel has to go and we’re walking barefoot on the sand. 
There’s no telling what will happen then.  

But I’ve heard someone walking this way has seen a burning bush. **

 
*Jesus’ parable story told in Mark10:25

   ** Moses meets with God Exodus :1-15

  with love and prayers for the new week

 Revd. Jenny


 

Friday, 17 April.  Easter Friday

L. O.  C.  K.  D.  O.  W.  N. (take 3) is a time to:
 

L – LET GO of what we can’t change. Change what we can.
O - care for OURSELVES as we care for our Neighbour
C –take COURAGE from the goodness and love around us
K -  KNOW we will meet again


D -  DO NOT be afraid (found 365 times in the bible)
O – ORDER our affairs 
 
W – WELCOME each day as a gift 
N – NOW – focus on today not tomorrow - each day has worries enough of its own!

Revd. Jenny


Thursday, 16 April

 From Graeme McMeekin, acting Scotland director, Tearfund:
 
Between (Good) Friday and (Easter) Sunday is (Holy) Saturday
between death and resurrection is MOURNING
between uncertainty and certainty is FAITH
between pain and celebration is HOPE
between loneliness and community is LOVE

Loving God,                                                                                                                
in Jesus Christ, who died and rose again for our salvation,                                          
cast out the darkness of our anxiety, fear and mourning,  
enfold us in your love and give us joy and hope
this Eastertide and always. 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Wednesday, 15 April

‘I think when the dust settles we will realise how very little we need
How very much we actually have and the true value of human connection'. (Anon)

 'Give us a heart for simple things,
Love laughter, bread, wine, dreams;

Fill us with green and growing hope                                    

And make us an Easter people

Whose song is Alleluia

Whose sign is Peace

Whose name is Love'.

(Rev John Hencher, Lichfield Cathedral) 


 

 

Tuesday, 14 April
 

When everything was dark and it seemed that the sun would never shine again,            

your love broke through.                                                                                                              

Your love was too strong, too wide, too deep for death to hold.                                          

The sparks cast by your love dance and spread and burst forth with resurrection light.  

Gracious God,                                                                                                                                

We praise you for the light of new life made possible through Jesus.

We praise you for the light of new life that shone on the first witnesses of resurrection.   

We praise you for the light of new life that continues to shine in our hearts today.         

We pray that the Easter light of life, hope and joy, will live in us each day;                          

and that we will be bearers of that light into the lives of others.   Amen. 

Alleluia.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 13 April
 

Prayers from a BBC radio service.

From the depths of our hearts we pray:

Lord we place into your hands our families and loved ones, especially those who are elderly or sick, anxious or lonely. You know their needs and we ask you to be close to them

 We place into your hands the people in our medical and emergency services and their families. We pray for key workers whose day to day work protects and sustains us. We give thanks for them and ask you to uphold them in strength, health and courage.

We pray for those in leadership and government. We ask you to give them wisdom to lead and to listen and the vision to act for the common good.

We pray for ourselves as a society now more than ever we recognise our dependence on one another. Teach us how to grow in solidarity, in gratitude and care for one another. 

You have loved us into life and count every hair of our heads.  We place into your hands those who have died. Stay with us in our sorrow and give us hope. Amen
 


 

 

Friday 10th April Good Friday

 

 

On the holy cross I see Jesus’ hands nailed fast for me.
On the holy cross I see Jesus’ feet nailed fast for me;
Loving Jesus let me be still and quiet, close to thee,
Learning all thy love for me, giving all my love to thee'. (Sacred Weave)

We can’t meet together to remember Jesus’ death on the cross today but Click the link https://youtu.be/xgfhjIfB04M  to join in our very own benefice Good Friday service in your own homes prepared by Ann Edwards.

Experience the Stations of the Cross in this virtual version with beautifully crafted reflections and music created by media ministry Busted Halo – search: Busted Halo and click links. They also have an excellent Holy Week in 3 minutes clip suitable for children and adults.

Radio BBC Radio 4 Good Friday 3.00pm – Good Friday Meditation: Baptist minister the Rev Richard Littledale asks whether the cross stands further from us or closer to us in current circumstances. BBC Radio 2 Good Friday 7.00pm – At the Foot of the Cross: Dan Walker presents an evening of music and reflection to mark Good Friday with the Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir, the Euphony Singers and special guest performances. 

For Holy Saturday, there is a link on the above page to 'Rumours of Hope: a vigil for our times', with Stephen Cottrell and Paula Gooder. The link will be live on Saturday from 8.00pm on www.stalbans.anglican.org/faith/living-gods-love-at-all-times/#Holy  

with love and prayers

Jenny   

 

 

 


 

Thursday 9th April Maundy Thursday

 

 

 

 


 

 

Wednesday 8th April

 

 

 

 

 

'I sought my God My God I could not see

I sought my soulMy soul eluded me

I sought my brother/sisterAnd I found all three.'

 

'Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est' - where charity and love are, there God is.

Listen to the beautiful sung version of Ubi Caritas by Durufle on You Tube and another version from Taize

Thank God today for the growth in acts of kindness, generosity and good neighbourly-ness.  Pray for all NHS staff and key workers caring for us.

Jenny

 

 


 

Tuesday 7th April

*L. O.  C.  K.  D.  O.  W.  N. (take 2) is a time to:

L – Love.  Love is mutual.  Lean on friends. Lean on God

O – Observe. Observe and keep a diary of good things

C – Cherish. Cherish your family and friends

K – Know.  Know goodness is stronger than evil. All things pass

D - Don’t panic. Don’t panic, Pause, reflect and pray

O – Offer. Offer prayer for key workers, for the anxious, for world leaders

W – Watch.  Watch spring unfold

N – Nurture. Nurture your gifts – enjoy old or new hobbies and skills 

with love and prayers
Jenny

 

 

 


 

 

 

Monday 6th April
Prayers with Children 

Before praying, it is suggested that there is a discussion with the children about the people and places they wish to pray for. 

 

A prayer remembering God is with us 

Lord God, you are always with me. You are with me in the day and in the night. You are with me when I’m happy and when I’m sad. You are with me when I’m healthy and when I am ill. You are with me when I am peaceful and when I am worried. Today I am feeling (name how you are feeling) because (reasons you are feeling this way). Help me to remember that you love me and are with me in everything today. Amen.

A prayer for when a friend is ill 

Dear God, (name of friend) is ill. They are not allowed to go to school or come over to play. I’m sad because I miss them. They must be feeling miserable and lonely as well. Please be close to them. Please be with the people who are looking after them. Please help them to get better and to know that you love them. Amen. 

A prayer for the world 

God of love and hope, you made the world and care for all creation, but the world feels strange right now. The news is full of stories about Coronavirus. Some people are worried that they might get ill. Others are anxious for their family and friends. Be with them and help them to find peace. We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists, and all who are working to discover the right medicines to help those who are ill. Thank you that even in these anxious times, you are with us. Help us to put our trust in you and keep us safe. Amen. 0000

A prayer at bedtime 

Before the ending of the day, Creator of the world, we pray That you, with steadfast love, would keep Your watch around us while we sleep. 

Tonight we pray especially for (names family or friends who are affected by Coronavirus) and the people of (country or place which is affected by 

Coronavirus). Please give skill and wisdom to all who are caring for them. Amen

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maundy Thursday, 9 April Jesus washes his disciples' feet and shares the Last Supper with them before he goes to pray in the garden of Gethsemane, is arrested, mocked, tried and condemned to death (John 13:1-17 and verse 35) An upper room did our Lord prepare for those he loved until the end: and his disciples still gather there to celebrate their risen friend. A lasting gift Jesus gave his own: to share his bread, his loving cup. Whatever burdens may bow us down, he by his cross shall lift us up. And after supper he washed their feet, for service, too, is sacrament. In Christ our joy shall be made complete sent out to serve, as he was sent. Jesus says 'Love one another as I have loved you'.