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Listing March - 2022
 
  Thursday
Mar-31
Thought For The Week

'The first person who has to believe in you is you.' ~Author Unknown

It is always important to believe in ourselves and in what we have to offer and give. Surprisingly many people are slow to believe in themselves. A child or adult whose gifts and talents are not nurtured will believe over time that they are simply no good.

That is why words of encouragement are crucial and vital whatever our age. I'm not sure if surveys have been done in this area. But in my own experience I think we fall well short in the whole area of encouraging, saying thanks and offering a word of praise. We are often told that God loves us no matter what. But unless we first believe in ourselves how can we believe that even God loves us?

Whatever your circumstances, whatever your current situation, you have got to believe in what you can do. None of us can change the world at large, but my little bit can make the world of a difference. Our prayer is very short and simple for today: Lord, help me to believe in myself.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Mar-30
Thought For The Week

'The first person who has to believe in you is you.' ~Author Unknown

It is always important to believe in ourselves and in what we have to offer and give. Surprisingly many people are slow to believe in themselves. A child or adult whose gifts and talents are not nurtured will believe over time that they are simply no good.

That is why words of encouragement are crucial and vital whatever our age. I'm not sure if surveys have been done in this area. But in my own experience I think we fall well short in the whole area of encouraging, saying thanks and offering a word of praise. We are often told that God loves us no matter what. But unless we first believe in ourselves how can we believe that even God loves us?

Whatever your circumstances, whatever your current situation, you have got to believe in what you can do. None of us can change the world at large, but my little bit can make the world of a difference. Our prayer is very short and simple for today: Lord, help me to believe in myself.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Mar-29
Thought For The Week

'The first person who has to believe in you is you.' ~Author Unknown

It is always important to believe in ourselves and in what we have to offer and give. Surprisingly many people are slow to believe in themselves. A child or adult whose gifts and talents are not nurtured will believe over time that they are simply no good.

That is why words of encouragement are crucial and vital whatever our age. I'm not sure if surveys have been done in this area. But in my own experience I think we fall well short in the whole area of encouraging, saying thanks and offering a word of praise. We are often told that God loves us no matter what. But unless we first believe in ourselves how can we believe that even God loves us?

Whatever your circumstances, whatever your current situation, you have got to believe in what you can do. None of us can change the world at large, but my little bit can make the world of a difference. Our prayer is very short and simple for today: Lord, help me to believe in myself.
 
 
 
  Monday
Mar-28
Thought For The Week

'The first person who has to believe in you is you.' ~Author Unknown

It is always important to believe in ourselves and in what we have to offer and give. Surprisingly many people are slow to believe in themselves. A child or adult whose gifts and talents are not nurtured will believe over time that they are simply no good.

That is why words of encouragement are crucial and vital whatever our age. I'm not sure if surveys have been done in this area. But in my own experience I think we fall well short in the whole area of encouraging, saying thanks and offering a word of praise. We are often told that God loves us no matter what. But unless we first believe in ourselves how can we believe that even God loves us?

Whatever your circumstances, whatever your current situation, you have got to believe in what you can do. None of us can change the world at large, but my little bit can make the world of a difference. Our prayer is very short and simple for today: Lord, help me to believe in myself.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Mar-27
The Gentle Unfolding of Lent

We are all delighted with this beautiful sunny spring weather that we are getting at the moment. While out for a walk yesterday I could not help but notice how the leaves are beginning to unfold including the horsechestnut tree. Spring is very much unfolding before us.

The buds of the horsechestnut are always very pronounced. They have a sticky propolis around them to protect what is within. This protection has been going on for some time. But the buds must let go, to allow the leaf to unfold and develop. It is a slow process and is never rushed or hurried.

It is the same with our journey through Lent. It is a gentle and slow unfolding. We allow the love of God, to touch our lives. We don't suddenly burst into new life. It is gradual, it is gentle but it is happening quietly. May the remaining weeks of Lent allow you to unfold into the beautiful person God has created you to be.
 
 
 
  Friday
Mar-25
Remembering with love those who have died from Covid

Loving God you are
our refuge in times of danger,
and to whom we turn in prayer and love.

We turn to you today in faith and in hope.
We pray for all those who have died from Covid.
May they be surrounded in your eternal light and love.
We ask you to comfort so many bereaved families.
We pray for healing, comfort and strength.

We also remember all those who in hospital and in our nursing homes.
We pray for all our healthcare workers and all our caring teams.
May you be blessed in all the wonderful work you do each day.
May you continue to have the courage to reach out in love.
Keep us all safe each day as we move forward in hope
Amen.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Mar-23
Remembering with love those who have died from Covid

Loving God you are
our refuge in times of danger,
and to whom we turn in prayer and love.

We turn to you today in faith and in hope.
We pray for all those who have died from Covid.
May they be surrounded in your eternal light and love.
We ask you to comfort so many bereaved families.
We pray for healing, comfort and strength.

We also remember all those who in hospital and in our nursing homes.
We pray for all our healthcare workers and all our caring teams.
May you be blessed in all the wonderful work you do each day.
May you continue to have the courage to reach out in love.
Keep us all safe each day as we move forward in hope
Amen.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Mar-22
Remembering with love those who have died from Covid

Loving God you are
our refuge in times of danger,
and to whom we turn in prayer and love.

We turn to you today in faith and in hope.
We pray for all those who have died from Covid.
May they be surrounded in your eternal light and love.
We ask you to comfort so many bereaved families.
We pray for healing, comfort and strength.

We also remember all those who in hospital and in our nursing homes.
We pray for all our healthcare workers and all our caring teams.
May you be blessed in all the wonderful work you do each day.
May you continue to have the courage to reach out in love.
Keep us all safe each day as we move forward in hope
Amen.
 
 
 
  Monday
Mar-21
Remembering with love those who have died from Covid

Loving God you are
our refuge in times of danger,
and to whom we turn in prayer and love.

We turn to you today in faith and in hope.
We pray for all those who have died from Covid.
May they be surrounded in your eternal light and love.
We ask you to comfort so many bereaved families.
We pray for healing, comfort and strength.

We also remember all those who in hospital and in our nursing homes.
We pray for all our healthcare workers and all our caring teams.
May you be blessed in all the wonderful work you do each day.
May you continue to have the courage to reach out in love.
Keep us all safe each day as we move forward in hope
Amen.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Mar-20
Remembering with love those who have died from Covid

Loving God you are
our refuge in times of danger,
and to whom we turn in prayer and love.

We turn to you today in faith and in hope.
We pray for all those who have died from Covid.
May they be surrounded in your eternal light and love.
We ask you to comfort so many bereaved families.
We pray for healing, comfort and strength.

We also remember all those who in hospital and in our nursing homes.
We pray for all our healthcare workers and all our caring teams.
May you be blessed in all the wonderful work you do each day.
May you continue to have the courage to reach out in love.
Keep us all safe each day as we move forward in hope
Amen.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Mar-19
Remembering With Love

Loving God you are
our refuge in times of danger,
and to whom we turn in prayer and love.

We turn to you today in faith and in hope.
We pray for all those who have died from Covid.
May they be surrounded in your eternal light and love.
We ask you to comfort so many bereaved families.
We pray for healing, comfort and strength.

We also remember all those who in hospital and in our nursing homes.
We pray for all our healthcare workers and all our caring teams.
May you be blessed in all the wonderful work you do each day.
May you continue to have the courage to reach out in love.
Keep us all safe each day as we move forward in hope
Amen.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Mar-17
As we head towards St Patrick's Day tomorrow the following St. Patrick's Prayer is most appropraite

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

We pray for God's strength to help us,
God's wisdom to guide us,
God's eye to be our vision,
God's ear for our hearing,
God's word for our speech,
God's hand to protect us,
God's pathway before us,
God's shield for our shelter,

Amen
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Mar-16
As we head towards St Patrick's Day the following St. Patrick's Prayer is most appropraite

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

We pray for God's strength to help us,
God's wisdom to guide us,
God's eye to be our vision,
God's ear for our hearing,
God's word for our speech,
God's hand to protect us,
God's pathway before us,
God's shield for our shelter,

Amen
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Mar-15
As we head towards St Patrick's Day the following St. Patrick's Prayer is most appropraite

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

We pray for God's strength to help us,
God's wisdom to guide us,
God's eye to be our vision,
God's ear for our hearing,
God's word for our speech,
God's hand to protect us,
God's pathway before us,
God's shield for our shelter,

Amen
 
 
 
  Monday
Mar-14
As we head towards St Patrick's Day the following St. Patrick's Prayer is most appropraite

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

We pray for God's strength to help us,
God's wisdom to guide us,
God's eye to be our vision,
God's ear for our hearing,
God's word for our speech,
God's hand to protect us,
God's pathway before us,
God's shield for our shelter,

Amen
 
 
 
  Sunday
Mar-13
Getting Around A Knot this Lent

It is well known that a knot is the hardest part of any piece of timber. They are symbolic of all that is difficult and challenging in our lives. If you take a cross section of a tree you can see how the tree always works around the knot.

Instead of grinding to a halt and stop growing, the tree slowly works around the knot. If you look at a close up of a knot you can see how the grains of the tree really curve around the knot. Once it has gone around the knot, the tree resumes its upward growth again.

Lent also provides us with an opportunity to look at the knots of our own lives. We are invited to not give up when we face something challenging and difficult. We pray for healing, growth, courage, hope and the strength to work around the knot whatever it may be.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Mar-12
Getting Around A Knot this Lent

It is well known that a knot is the hardest part of any piece of timber. They are symbolic of all that is difficult and challenging in our lives. If you take a cross section of a tree you can see how the tree always works around the knot.

Instead of grinding to a halt and stop growing, the tree slowly works around the knot. If you look at a close up of a knot you can see how the grains of the tree really curve around the knot. Once it has gone around the knot, the tree resumes its upward growth again.

Lent also provides us with an opportunity to look at the knots of our own lives. We are invited to not give up when we face something challenging and difficult. We pray for healing, growth, courage, hope and the strength to work around the knot whatever it may be.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Mar-10
'If your prayer is anything like mine, a distraction pops into your head and before you know where you are, you have chased all over the universe following it.' ~Catherine Wybourne

We have heard the saying: "Nobody said it was going to be easy". This can apply to many things in life but especially prayer. We may have the best intentions but we find our mind wandering so easily. What happened a few minutes ago, a few hours ago and yesterday jump in front of us, not to mention what we're hoping to do tomorrow and the coming week! Soon our prayer is all over the place and it is at this point that it's so easy to give up. It can be frustrating. But distraction is part of everyone's prayer. Even the most famous of saints found prayer distracting at times.

One of them St Therese wrote down many things about her spiritual life. She made sure to use distraction as part of her prayer. Every time she had a distraction she used it as a moment to pull back into the present moment and in that moment acknowledged how much she loved God. This is something we could do well to follow. It's all about acknowledging that we will and do have distractions. Why not use them to our advantage?
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Mar-09
Thought For The Week

'There is a story told of a preacher who preached over and over, "Put God into your life, put God into your life." But the holy Rabbi of the village said, "Our task is not to put God into our lives because God is already there." Our task is simply to realize that.' ~Joan Chittister

It is hard to imagine that the whole Covid story, which never went away for two years, is now hardly mentioned in the media. It would take something big for this to happen. It is now the Ukraine War that is making all the headlines. It is fair to say that everyone is shocked, horrified and upset by what is happening. There is a wide circulation of very moving pictures of families fleeing the conflict and others staying at home to defend their country. There are no winners in all of this.

We also begun our journey through Lent. Pope Francis has asked specifically for prayers for peace. Some might say what's the point as the war has already started. But it is good to pray and more importantly that we are united in prayer with people all over the world for the people of Ukraine. So many communities have organised collections of essential food items, medical supplies and sanitary items. Many of these collections are already on their way to Ukraine and much more to follow. This weekend we will continue our prayers for peace.

The Lenten journey is a significant one for the coming weeks. There are always areas in our spiritual lives that need gentle attention. We are all familiar with a leak and how over time it can add up to a significant amount. Lent is a great time to look at our lives and see where the leaks are. What can I do to stop even one leak? This can often be achieved by simply doing something we have been putting off.

It might be more quality time with family or friends, it might be eating a healthier diet, getting some exercise in, getting in some prayer or quiet time or appreciating the beauty of the present moment. Lent is not about doing the sensational or the spectacular. It is all about doing the small things and doing them well. It is not just about finding God but knowing that God is already there.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Mar-08
Thought For The Week

'There is a story told of a preacher who preached over and over, "Put God into your life, put God into your life." But the holy Rabbi of the village said, "Our task is not to put God into our lives because God is already there." Our task is simply to realize that.' ~Joan Chittister

It is hard to imagine that the whole Covid story, which never went away for two years, is now hardly mentioned in the media. It would take something big for this to happen. It is now the Ukraine War that is making all the headlines. It is fair to say that everyone is shocked, horrified and upset by what is happening. There is a wide circulation of very moving pictures of families fleeing the conflict and others staying at home to defend their country. There are no winners in all of this.

We also begun our journey through Lent. Pope Francis has asked specifically for prayers for peace. Some might say what's the point as the war has already started. But it is good to pray and more importantly that we are united in prayer with people all over the world for the people of Ukraine. So many communities have organised collections of essential food items, medical supplies and sanitary items. Many of these collections are already on their way to Ukraine and much more to follow. This weekend we will continue our prayers for peace.

The Lenten journey is a significant one for the coming weeks. There are always areas in our spiritual lives that need gentle attention. We are all familiar with a leak and how over time it can add up to a significant amount. Lent is a great time to look at our lives and see where the leaks are. What can I do to stop even one leak? This can often be achieved by simply doing something we have been putting off.

It might be more quality time with family or friends, it might be eating a healthier diet, getting some exercise in, getting in some prayer or quiet time or appreciating the beauty of the present moment. Lent is not about doing the sensational or the spectacular. It is all about doing the small things and doing them well. It is not just about finding God but knowing that God is already there.
 
 
 
  Monday
Mar-07
Thought For The Week

'There is a story told of a preacher who preached over and over, "Put God into your life, put God into your life." But the holy Rabbi of the village said, "Our task is not to put God into our lives because God is already there." Our task is simply to realize that.' ~Joan Chittister

It is hard to imagine that the whole Covid story, which never went away for two years, is now hardly mentioned in the media. It would take something big for this to happen. It is now the Ukraine War that is making all the headlines. It is fair to say that everyone is shocked, horrified and upset by what is happening. There is a wide circulation of very moving pictures of families fleeing the conflict and others staying at home to defend their country. There are no winners in all of this.

We also begun our journey through Lent. Pope Francis has asked specifically for prayers for peace. Some might say what's the point as the war has already started. But it is good to pray and more importantly that we are united in prayer with people all over the world for the people of Ukraine. So many communities have organised collections of essential food items, medical supplies and sanitary items. Many of these collections are already on their way to Ukraine and much more to follow. This weekend we will continue our prayers for peace.

The Lenten journey is a significant one for the coming weeks. There are always areas in our spiritual lives that need gentle attention. We are all familiar with a leak and how over time it can add up to a significant amount. Lent is a great time to look at our lives and see where the leaks are. What can I do to stop even one leak? This can often be achieved by simply doing something we have been putting off.

It might be more quality time with family or friends, it might be eating a healthier diet, getting some exercise in, getting in some prayer or quiet time or appreciating the beauty of the present moment. Lent is not about doing the sensational or the spectacular. It is all about doing the small things and doing them well. It is not just about finding God but knowing that God is already there.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Mar-06
Strength v Courage

It takes strength to be firm. It takes courage to be gentle. It takes strength to stand guard. It takes courage to let down your guard. It takes strength to conquer. It takes courage to surrender. It takes strength to be certain. It takes courage to have doubt. It takes strength to fit in. It takes courage to stand out. It takes strength to hide your own pains. It takes courage to show them. It takes strength to endure abuse. It takes courage to stop it. It takes strength to stand alone. It takes courage to lean on another. It takes strength to love. It takes courage to be loved. It takes strength to survive. It takes courage to live.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Mar-03
Strength v Courage

It takes strength to be firm. It takes courage to be gentle. It takes strength to stand guard. It takes courage to let down your guard. It takes strength to conquer. It takes courage to surrender. It takes strength to be certain. It takes courage to have doubt. It takes strength to fit in. It takes courage to stand out. It takes strength to hide your own pains. It takes courage to show them. It takes strength to endure abuse. It takes courage to stop it. It takes strength to stand alone. It takes courage to lean on another. It takes strength to love. It takes courage to be loved. It takes strength to survive. It takes courage to live.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Mar-02
'Ash Wednesday is a kind of a spiritual New Year, a time to make resolutions, to wipe the old slate clean and begin again. Still others seek a more intimate connection with God. Some could not tell you why they search out a church on Ash Wednesday, it just seems the place to be.' ~Virginia Smith

Today Ash Wednesday is hugely popular but why ashes? It is not a good luck gesture or magical. But like many Christian symbols it's intended to remind us of something. At one time, ashes were used to make soap. Ashes contain alkali, a soluble chemical that is a powerful cleaning agent. Symbolically and spiritually Lent can also be a time of cleaning and a washing away of negativity, hatred, selfishness, anger, hurts and other stuff that needs to be cleaned away. Ashes have also been traditionally used as a fertiliser. Farmers used to burn the stubble of last year's crops and the ashes were then ploughed into the soil. New crops could then grow with vigour and energy.

Lent can also be a time to put some vigour and energy into our spiritual lives, to allow room for growth particularly light, hope, courage and many other blessings. Whether you get ashes or not today, what would you like cleaned or washed away in your life? What growth, new beginning would you like to see happen in your life? There is much to look forward to this Lent.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Mar-01
So what is Pancake Tuesday? (Shrove Tuesday) It is always the day before Ash Wednesday. It has a long history going back many years. Lent starts on Ash Wednesday which is a time of renewal, a time to make an effort spiritually and a time of fasting or a time to give something up. So the day before Ash Wednesday became more important as the years went on. It was a time to use up all the excess sweet stuff, the extra stores and the rich sweet food. People made pancakes to use up the extra flour and milk. And so the tradition of Pancake Tuesday began.

A prayer to mark the day:

Loving God,
The simple ingredients of a pancake remind me also of the simple things in life.
Milk, flour and eggs will not make the headlines on their own but put them together and you get a beautiful pancake.
Help me to do things in my life in the spirit of simplicity.
Help me to mix in enough love, kindness and goodness to make a difference each day.
May today focus me on my Lenten journey which starts tomorrow.
Where ever that journey may take me, help me to keep it simple and to take it one step at a time.
Amen
 
 

 

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