I've started reading a new book this morning alongside my morning prayer routine, it's called Fully Alive by John Main. For those of you who were part of the Lent group last year you might remember Helen leading us in silent meditation. This book talks a bit about Christian meditation, explains it a bit more and invites us to make space to encounter God in a different way. I'd highly recomend it to anyone who enjoyed it and would like to explore the practice some more. For me it is the perfect antidote to some of the frenetic activity of life and calms my mind in the midst of what often feels like a raging sea.
Why not take a moment of peace right now and stop to pause, ponder and pray.
Take a moment now to recognise that you are in the presence of God. It might help to slow your breathing. Take a few deep breaths in and out.
Let’s pray together:
Draw us into your love Christ Jesus and deliver us from fear.
We say together our family prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Today’s reading is Luke 12:16-21
Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”
Jesus tells this parable in response to brothers who are arguing over inheritance.
- What are the things that you are tempted to hoard or store up?
- What do you think Jesus means when he says that we should be rich towards God?
- What is Jesus saying to you today?
Father God, thank you for the gift of your abundant creation. Help me to live with a spirit of generosity. Amen
Say a prayer today for those who live in poverty.
On our church list today we pray for:
Gina, Rosalia. And Mathilde Alfonso
Judith and Paul Keeble
Let’s finish by praying this blessing:
May God give us
his comfort and his peace,
his light and his joy,
now and forever.