Today my early morning was a bit different from usual. Sun shone through my bedroom curtains, accompanied by the sound both of birdsong in the outside cloister, and a single engine propeller plane flying high above. Then a bell rang outside the chapel, informing all that heard it that the chapel was now open for meditation, 25 minutes before morning prayer. Certainly not my usual Brunswick morning, accompanied by the surrounding building works and early morning traffic, but instead I was based once again down in Cambridge at the theological college I work for. And now, as I type, back in the familiar surrounds of the church office back home, I hear once again, the hubbub outside of motorists making their way back home. Where, bearing in mind our motto text for this year, I wonder, do we get the time and the quiet, to be still, and be mindfully in the presence of God?
Perhaps this Lent, could provide us with a few ideas. From Sunday onwards, in the morning we’re going to be looking at encounters recorded in the gospels, that Jesus had with folk, which might give us insights regarding our prayer life. Some of the passages feature in a new Lenten book “Eavesdropping” by Henry Martin which a number of us in church are following (do ask me if you would like to access a copy). In addition, following the pattern of our last two ATS services (and indeed the pattern of my college down south) our Lent group for this year, will also incorporate a time of meditation as led by Helen. It starts this coming Sunday evening at church from 6:30 - 8pm, and will feature a facilitated time to be quiet in the Christian meditation tradition, followed with discussion based around another chapter of Henry’s book. It’s not necessary to hold a copy of the book for this session, just bring yourself and a desire to meet and interact with God!
I hope to see you some time on Sunday.
One thing I have asked of the Lord,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life;
to behold the beauty of the Lord
and to seek Him in His temple. motto 2019