Candlelight words

Lighting a candle is a prayer – Hereford Cathedral, UK

When I lit a candle in Hereford Cathedral, I picked up a card that reads: The shrine of St Thomas of Hereford: a place where pilgrims have left their prayer for hundreds of years. Lighting a candle is a prayer When we have gone it stays alight — continuing our prayers of thanksgiving and intercession […]

Read full text

Dark Moments — by Ann Lewin, UK

A reflection on Dame Julian of Norwich’s text from Revelations of Divine Love: ‘All shall be well. You shall see yourself that all things shall be well. That which is impossible for you is not impossible for me. I shall keep my word in all things and I shall make all things well.’ ‘All shall […]

Read full text

Mourning the massacre in New Zealand

Words from around the world… What words can be uttered when our thoughts and imaginations are shattered? What words do we say aloud when we gather to worship? What words bring sense to this senselessness? Perhaps the silence between the words will offer the needed time for sighs and tears. From the United Church of […]

Read full text

Taize, a reflection — Lynne Roberts, Australia

Lofty, cavernous space Warm, earth-toned candlelight enfolding me in its womb.   Nothing can harm you   A suggestion of incense Soft, background chanting hinting at generations past and to come. Vast eternal community gathered in microcosm.   Come and pray in us, Holy Spirit   Majestic windows drawing my soul upwards on the rising […]

Read full text

Come, shine in the darkness — Cara Heafey, UK (John 1:5)

God, you are not distant from us You came to us in vulnerability You offered yourself as a gift of love. We pray today for those who are in the midst of darkness The darkness of poverty The darkness of loneliness The darkness of grief The darkness of despair Wherever shadows threaten to overwhelm Wherever […]

Read full text

Scouts International Peace Light Service

Each Advent season, the Scout International Peace Light travels from Bethlehem around the world. Towns and faith communities hold services for receiving the light and for sending it forth. These resources are for use in a Peace Light Service. Peace Light Prayer May the kindly spirit of Christmas spread its radiance far and wide, So all the […]

Read full text