Words for meditation

Dark Moments — Ann Lewin, UK

A reflection on Dame Julian 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 be […]

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Matthew 13: 31-33, Christianity Incubated — Jim Burklo, USA

Pentecost 8, Year A Matthew 13: 31-33 Let us prepare our souls to receive the sacred myth of scripture. Breathe deep, keep a moment of silence; release any preconceptions you might have about the meaning of the passage, open your heart to new revelations that may arise. Then read the text aloud: Jesus put before […]

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His were the hands — Duncan Wilson, UK

His were the hands That shaped the wood That smoothed the knot That summoned the friends And launched the boat His were the hands That touched the blind And opened ears That held the child And cast out fears His were the hands That fingered the coin That plucked the corn That wrote in sand […]

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Sacred time — Annie Heppenstall, UK

Let this be a sacred time, O God, in which I let what has begun, gradually grow, finding within me the patience and trust that allows me to tend my concerns with wisdom. This prayer by Annie Heppenstall was distributed at Gloucester Cathedral during the ‘Museum of the Moon’ exhibition in October 2019.

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Words for a pandemic

What words do we use to worship in the face of a pandemic? What words express our hopeful faith, our doubting fear? What words do we share in our social isolation as we strive to create community singing from our windows and sharing video calls with loved ones? Scroll down for Prayers, Communion words, Reflections […]

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Jesus bids us shine — Susan Warner, UK

Jesus bids us shine, With a pure, clear light, Like a little candle, Burning in the night. In this world is darkness, So, let us shine— You in your small corner, And I in mine. Jesus bids us shine, Then, for all around Many kinds of darkness In this world are found – Sin and […]

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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 […]

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God, forgive my barns, a confession — Ana Gobledale, UK & Zambia

A prayer of confession and an entreaty for transformation, inspired by the contrast between the simplicity of life in Zambia and the complexity of life in the United Kingdom. (To create a group prayer, change ‘my’ to ‘our’ and ‘me’ to ‘us’.) God, forgive my/our barns My cupboards My bureaus Full to overflowing. Invade my […]

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Silent Flight — Chris Roe, UK

In the silence The clarity of your voice, Climbs high Upon the eagle’s wings. The chains of doubt That imprison my soul, Fall away beneath my feet. In the freedom and majesty Of the sentinel’s gaze, Faith is strengthened And hope returned To a weary heart, Upon the silent flight Of eagle’s wings. Chris posts […]

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Psalm 23 for today — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, UK

Inspired by Psalm 23 God is my shelter, my protection, and my guide. I want for nothing, and I will practice thanksgiving! God invites me to places of peace and beauty where wildflowers bloom and mountain streams flow. God will restore me, and I will practice sabbath rest. Even when anxiety and fear threaten to […]

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8 May – Julian of Norwich

May 8, Anglican churches celebrate the Feast of Dame Julian of Norwich. Julian of Norwich (1342-c.1416), mystic and author of The Revelations of Divine Love, is considered the first woman to write a book (that has survived) in English.  Revelations of Divine Love arises from a series of sixteen visions she received on the 8th […]

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Eternal Journey — Chris Roe, UK

As the crimson flame of life Breaks slowly Above the horizon, The white, frosted meadows, With trees and hedgerows Of sculptured ice, Speak loudly Of your presence. Once more Upon this journey, As another day begins, Without effort Or intrusion, Through the peace And tranquillity Of your silent voice, The moment becomes eternal, And the […]

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By your side — Chris Roe, UK

By your side There is peace, A quiet place Of beauty and realisation, Where wisdom Seeks reason and understanding, Where myth is laid to rest By the reality of knowledge. By your side There is hope, That arrogance and greed Will not destroy, That selfless love Will prevail. By your side Life is sacred, A […]

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Prayer inspired by Psalm 36 — Ana Gobledale, UK

Epiphany 2, Year C This prayer is inspired by Psalm 36:5-10     It’s like standing beneath a street lamp On a misty evening. In the light, I see light, But objects appear blurry and obscured, half lit. God, standing in your light, I see light, But the path ahead appears blurry and obscured, seemingly […]

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T.S. Eliot on waiting,

“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready […]

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Prayer words

A quiet place A pause in our day A turning toward the source of peace What words do we use when we reach out to the Spirit of Life? Do we talk? Do we listen? Do we think? Do we feel? Explore these resources (click theme) to find worship words relevant to you today: What […]

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ColourWeaving Prayer — David Yeo Poulton, UK

What of colour and faith?  What colour would you assign to love or to peace?  What colour symbolises God or Jesus?  How would you use colour to describe the feelings and emotions of trust, joy, anger, depression, dreams, hope, loneliness, or thankfulness? David explains: ‘As a Christian with dyslexia (dyslexia comes from the Greek meaning […]

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Disciples Prayer — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

ready-to-print copies PDF Disciples Prayer by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson WORD Disciples Prayer by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson Holy One whose name we honour and praise, When we laugh, you laugh with us. When we weep, your tears wash over the earth. You know the joys and sorrows of our hearts, Our efforts for change and our resistance to […]

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Worn Spot – Steve Garnaas-Holmes, USA

   There’s a dip in the stone step in the threshold of the old cathedral, worn where thousands of pilgrims have stepped as they entered the darkness to pray. Even in the old country church the railing is rubbed bare where the faithful have grasped, have leaned, have hoped. There is a worn spot at […]

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Prayers for Today — Caren Clarke, UK

Originally written for the fifth Sunday of Lent – Year A (2020)   Eternal One, we thank you for this opportunity to worship together. Please help everyone here today, to learn something new about you…   We pray for peace throughout the world and for everyone’s heart to be filled with love, so that we […]

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Rachel weeps — Steve Garnaas-Holmes, USA

Chemical warfare in Syria and the bombs targeted in response by the United States of America, led to this reflection.   The Empire Feeds Cold and dark clamp down on us. The Empire feeds itself, human bodies as fuel, boots tracking blood. Rachel weeping for her children, we’ve heard it before. The man with the megaphone doesn’t […]

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Then they came for me — Martin Niemöller, Germany

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a […]

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Street Pastor Song — David Ouston, UK

Written by David while he served as Co-ordinator for the Isle of Wight Street Pastors, this song was inspired by an interaction with a young man on the streets of Ryde. This video recording might be played as an integral part of a worship service.

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Who is Jesus? — Eleanor Hubbard, Colorado USA

For Emalyn whom Eleanor mentored… Who is Jesus?  A little boy born in a barn in a small village to poor parents. Two thousand, sixteen years ago. I wish I understood how and why he came still influencing billions of people today.   What I do know is that Jesus healed people. Jesus taught, prayed, […]

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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 […]

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Prayer for Openness — Joyce Rupp

The action prayer “A Prayer for Openness” by Joyce Rupp invites the reader into a place of gratitude and trust with the Holy One.  The illustrated pdf is posted on the International Spiritual Directors website for your personal use. I first encountered this prayer when I received it from a friend who is a Spiritual […]

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Where do you live God? — Ana Gobledale, UK

Where do you live, God? Where can I find you abiding? I find you in moments of awe – breathing in the odor of lavender I find you in moments of wonder – looking across the icy waters toward the snow-covered hills I find you in moments of anxiety—lighting the flame of a devotional candle […]

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The Cup of Our Life: A Guide for Spiritual Growth — Joyce Rupp

How might a cup guide you on your faith journey?   Joyce Rupp’s book, The Cup of Our Life: A Guide for Spiritual Growth, invites the reader to use a favourite personal cup or mug for the focus item in a  series of  meditations.  In her friendly and trustworthy tone, Joyce guides the disciple along a journey of reflection […]

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Peace Prayers — Disciples Peace Fellowship, USA

We pray for peace in our world, our nations, our communities and our homes.  The Disciples Peace Fellowship offers weekly Peace Prayers relevant to the concerns of today.  The language strives for inclusivity. It is easy to subscribe so the prayers pop up in your email each week. The Disciples Peace Fellowship is connected to […]

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