Thought for the week;  point to ponder

Thy kingdom come logoPentecost, prayer and promise.
Pentecost and Prayer
This year our Archbishops and our Bishops have again asked our support for ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ which is now a global prayer movement, inviting Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops to the Church of England has now grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.  We are invited to focus on prayer particularly between May 25th and June 4th.


And thinking of our gospel reading this week, here comes the promise. 
Like the disciples, we will not be left orphaned, but are left with the promise of the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, and with the only commandment given by Jesus that we ‘should love one another as I have loved you.’

This commandment to love is the truth that holds up in the Spirit’s court of law.  St. Augustine in the fourth century said, ‘Love and do as you will.’  In other words, with love we will do the right thing.  Love creates a tight circle that is paradoxically tight and inclusive at that same time, never shunning or exclusive.  Jesus speaks of a circle of love.  He is in the Father, and we are in him and he is in us. (John 14:20)  Let us look around and search out the neglected and lonely and keep the commandment, keep the circle going.  That’s how we profess truth.  We are not left orphaned; and we do not orphan anyone else.

Almighty God, your ascended Son has sent us into the world to preach the good news of your kingdom:
Inspire us with your Spirit and fill our hearts with the fire of your love, that all who hear your Word
may be drawn to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

 

Easter season  prayers to ponder:

Man says, ‘Show me and I’ll trust you.’
God says, ‘Trust me and I’ll show you.’

Spirit of peace, move among us. Breathe trust that relies on your presence when we see and when we don’t see. Breathe honesty that acknowledges our doubts and questions. Breathe hope and forgiveness for the sake of community with you and others.  Amen.

‘Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.’  Martin Luther King Jnr

‘Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.’

‘Your faith can move mountains and your doubt can create them.’

The Covenant Prayer

I am no longer my own but yours.
Put me to what you will,
rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you or laid aside for you,
exalted for you or brought low for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty,
let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
 to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.                Amen

Almighty and loving God, may we live a holy life that mirrors your goodness and kindness. May we become compassionate as you are, full of mercy on each one of us.  May we become more generous and kind to those who are in most need and are helpless.  Amen.