St Mary, Aston

Living God's Love

  • St Marys Church
  • Broadwater Lane
  • Aston, Hertfordshire
  • Web site updated 28th August 2020
  • SG2 7EN

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Thought for the Day

 

Sunday, 31 May

 

 Sing or hum the tune as you read the ‘Kum by Yah’ Lord’s Prayer:


1 Father God in heaven, Lord most high:
hear your children's prayer, Lord most high:
hallowed be your name, Lord most high
O Lord, hear our prayer.


2 May your kingdom come here on earth;
may your will be done here on earth,
as it is in heaven so on earth
O Lord, hear our prayer.

 

3 Give us daily bread day by day,
and forgive our sins day by day,
as we too forgive day by day
O Lord, hear our prayer.

 

4 Lead us in your way, make us strong;
when temptations come, make us strong;
save us from all sin, keep us strong
O Lord, hear our prayer.

 

5 All things come from you, all are yours,
kingdom, glory, power, all are yours;
take our lives and gifts, all are yours
O Lord, hear our prayer.

 

James Edward Seddon (1915 – 1983) 


Saturday, 30th May 


God so holy, full of grace, make the world a better place. 
Give us the food we need for today. Forgive us our wrongs when we go astray.
Help us always to do good, and love others, like we should. 
God we love you; we are yours. Swing wide open heaven's doors. 

Amen.
(children's' Lords Prayer)

Friday, 29th May


Dear One,

closer to us than our own hearts,

farther from us than the most distant star, 

you are beyond naming. 

May your powerful presence become obvious

 not only in the undeniable glory of the sky,        

 but also in the seemingly base and common 

processes of the earth. 

Give us what we need, day by day, 

to keep body and soul together, 

because, clever as you have made us, 

we still owe our existence to you. 

We recognize that to be reconciled with you, 

we must live peaceably and justly 

with other human beings, 

putting hate and bitterness behind us. 

We are torn between our faith in your goodness 

and our awareness of the evil in your creation,

 so deliver us from the temptation to despair. 

Yours alone is the universe 

and all its majesty and beauty. 

(Progressive Christianity Lord's Prayer) 

sent with love and prayers Reverend Jenny


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.’..