Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 14th May 2017
Grant us, O Lord, purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no passion may hinder us from doing your will, and no weakness from doing it; that in your light we may see light clearly, and in your service find perfect freedom; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 26th March 2017
Be a light, O Lord, to our eyes, and music to our ears. Be sweetness to our taste and contentment to our hearts. Be sunshine to our days and food at out table. Be rest in our night and sufficiency in our hour of need. Be liberty in our life and everlasting glory at our death; through our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
John Cosin (1594 – 1672)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 5th March 2017
Let your outstretched arm be our defence, O Lord; your mercy and loving kindness in Jesus Christ, our salvation; your true and living Word be our instruction and the grace of your life-giving Spirit be our strength; now and forever. Amen.
John Knox, Book of Common Order (1564)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 1st January 2017
Eternal light, shine into our hearts; eternal goodness, deliver us from evil; eternal power, be our support; eternal wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance; eternal pity, have mercy upon us; that with all our heart and mind and soul and strength we may seek your face and be brought by your infinite mercy into your holy presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Alcuin of York (c. 740 – 804)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 25th December 2016
Be light, O Lord, to my eyes, music to my ears and contentment to my heart. Be sunlight in my day, food at my table and rest to me in the night. Take into your hands my body and my soul, my freedom and my life. Let me rejoice to be about your business and let me live to your praise and glory, now and forever. Amen.
John Cousin (1594 – 1672)
Guardians of Ancora is a Scripture Union England and Wales project to utilise modern digital technology to teach 8 to 11 year old children about Jesus and encourage them to read the Bible. It is a huge project based around a computer game which is playable on tablet computers and smart phones, which is what most children will use. Unfortunately, there is not currently a version which will run on Windows based computers. The following is a list of tablets and phones which will accommodate the Guardians of Ancora App:
“A Shining Light” (Matthew 2:1-12)
Scripture: Matthew 2:9-10 ESV
9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
In the cartoons, a sudden idea is often represented by the appearance overhead of a lit light bulb. Shining lights make us think of being dazzled, taken by surprise, found out. Perhaps we think of the dazzling light of Saul’s conversion. Whatever the connotation, the shining light can not be ignored.
As we cannot fail to get caught up in the relentless commercialism, the tired pop songs and the inexhaustible but exhausting round of indulgent parties, we sometimes feel inclined to offer at least a show of resistance by saying ‘Let’s Keep Christ In Christmas’.