Cathedral Reflections – Sheffield Cathedral

Sheffield Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul

008 Sheffield Cathedral pr – 20-01-24 There has been a Christian connection with this site for over 1000 years, although it was only granted Cathedral status in 1914. Over these years, there has been an unbroken witness to our faith through worship, prayer, and witness.

 

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Its Cathedrals and Pro–Cathedral, Leeds Minster.

A diocese with three cathedrals, Bradford and Wakefield, Ripon, and a Pro-Cathedral, Leeds Minster

The Diocese of Leeds was created on 20th April 2014. This followed a review, which started in 2009, by the Dioceses Commission. It will come as no surprise that this process was not without much debate and a daresay much heart ache. The scheme went to a vote within the dioceses involved Bradford and Ripon and Leeds diocesan synod voted in favour to the scheme, Wakefield did not. The scheme did not need of three dioceses to vote in favour. The proposal was approved by General Synod in July 2013 and in April 2014 the largest diocese, by area, in the Church of England was created, it is almost 2500 square miles (about 6500 km) with a population of over 2.3 million people, with over 650 churches.

For on the background to these proposal type into your search engine Anglican Diocese of Leeds Wikipedia has an interesting entry. It is important to type in the word Anglican as there is a Roman Catholic Diocese of Leeds.

The architectural heritage within the Anglican Diocese of Leeds offers a rich variety of architectural styles reflecting time, the consequences of change and the preferences of the architects, Deans and Bishops.

My companion as I explore our cathedrals has been England’s Cathedrals (2016) by Sir Simon Jenkins. It is clearly my go to text, and I have quoted him on numerous occasions, and I am sure that some for the phrases I have used bare more than a slight resemblance to his but without reference to him for that I apologise.

The common feature of churches, minsters, and cathedrals the people for without them become the buildings as beautiful as they are are empty shells.
Visit the Cathedral and Minster web pages for more news about what goes on in the cathedrals and minster. Below are the web page links along with a few additional photographs.

 

BRADFORD Cathedral

 

Welcome to Bradford Cathedral

 

 

Of Bradford cathedral Simon Jenkins writes, ‘Bradford cathedral is compact. The solid Tudor tower of 1508 is like a stout wedge driven into the ground to stop the building sliding downhill. The porch is big enough for a village wedding’. (Page 17)

 

 

WAKEFIELD Cathedral

Wakefield Cathedral – Christ. Culture. Community.

 

Speaking of modernisations Simon Jenkins speaks warmly of the ‘handsome Early Gothic arcades … and a friendly wooden roof. … The more recent renovation was extensive and successful, rendering the nave light and warm.’ He was less flattering regarding the door at the West end of the cathedral describing it as ‘jarring’ and ‘reminiscent of an airport security zone.’ (page 261)

 

RIPON Cathedral

 

Ripon Cathedral Celebrating Over 1350 Years of History

 

Nave

 

Crypt at Ripon Cathedral

Ripon cathedral evolved from a basilica church, that is a large public building with multiple uses. It was built by St Wilfred in AD 672. All that survives today is the stone crypt, the oldest structure of any English cathedral.

The site as we know it today was constructed in the time of Roger de Pont l’Évêque, Archbishop of York 1154-81.

 

LEEDS Minster

 

Home – Leeds Minster -Open menu select About us, then History and Heritage for a short video about the minster.

While the current Gothic Revival building was only completed in 1841, the Minster sits on the site of the oldest church in the city. The Minster was built as the Leeds Parish Church of St Peter. In 2012 it was given the title Minster to mark the late Queen Elizabeths Diamiond Jubilee. Its formal title is Minster and Parish Church of St Peter at Leeds. It is also a Pro-Cathedral, a pro-cathedral is a church named by a diocesan bishop which will serve as a cathedral without having the permanent status of cathedral.

Time of Reflective Prayer

A time to Pause and Reflect

Slow down, breath calmly,
Slowly breathing in and out and relax.
Lay on one side those things that unsettle your senses
and rest in the presence of God.

Please prayer for cathedrals and pro cathedral in the Anglican Diocese of Leeds

Loving God, draw us on the journey
to the places of holiness, the places of peace,
the places of encounter, the places of beauty,
the places where faith has been lived, your love made known,
your hope held out in the past, for the present, into your future. Amen

We join in with the Chet Valley Churches for I the Lord of sea and sky

Collect for the second week of Epiphany
Eternal Lord, our beginning and our end:
bring us with the whole creation to your
glory, hidden through past ages and made known
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Words from Psalm 139 (1-5)

O Lord, you have searched me out and known me;
• you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
You mark out my journeys and my resting place
• and are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
• but you, O Lord, know it altogether.
You encompass me behind and before
• and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
• so high that I cannot attain it.

Pause and reflection on the words from the Psalm 139, slowly read them again.

In our prayers we welcome those who are searching for faith.

Let us draw into our circle of prayer our:
Family and Friends
Local church and its leaders
wider community
widening our circle to include:
those in government and positions of authority
those who are oppressed, those who are hungry and homeless
those who are ill, those facing death
Merciful Father, accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

When asked about how to pray Jesus gave these simple but profound words, so let them be our prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name;
Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil. Amen

Closing Prayer

Adapted from Bury Mission Community Prayer (Diocese of Manchester)

Loving God,
Jesus called his disciples to seek your kingdom and follow him.
You summon us to share work of our Pilgrim Community
Open our hearts to hear his invitation to be his disciples in this generation.
Grant us courage.
Strengthen us by your Holy Spirit.
Give us compassion, wisdom and resilience.
Pour on us your endless grace that we may flourish, and our parishes grow in faith and love, service and compassion,
Through Christ our Lord. Amen

+ In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Enjoy these moments! God bless.

John Rutters Deep Peace by Libera

 

Fr. Derek Akker

(Derek is a retired Anglican Parish Priest and a member of the congregations of All Saints & St James. Prior to his ordination he was accredited as a Methodist Preacher in 1968 and served within the Methodist Church until returning to the Anglican Church in the mid 1980’s)
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Parish of Kirklees Valley, Bury, (All Saints, Elton & St James, Woolfold) – In the Diocese of Manchester

Acknowledgements

Bradford Cathedral – Tim Green – Creative Commons Attribution 2.0
Wakefield Cathedral – Mtaylor848 – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0
Ripon Cathedral – Christopher Hilton – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0
Leeds Minster – Tim Green

Bradford Cathedral
Nave – Tim Green – Creative Commons Attribution 2.0
Stained glass – Mark Stevenson

Above Nave – Diliff – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

Ripon Cathedral
Left Crypt – Martin Dawes Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0

Leeds Minster, altar.
Altar – Alarichall – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0
Nave – Michael D Beckwith Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

 

Helgi Halldórsson from Reykjavík, Iceland Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0
Opening prayer from the Association of English Cathedrals
Collect -The Archbishops Council 2004

Advent and Christmas are treasured moments in our church. Join us and share in the message of Christ’s birth!

Sunday 3rd December, 19.30 – Advent Sunday Carol Service, beginning with the church lit only by a single candle… a meaningful service of readings, hymns and carols starts  the Advent season where we prepare for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Saturday 9th December, 20.15 – Christmas Carol Concert. A performance by our Choir and the Anglican Singers taking you on a musical journey through carols old and new. Enjoy mulled wine and seasonal treats after the concert.

Sunday 10th December, 14.30 – Children’s Christingle Family Service followed by our Advent Tea & Bring and Buy Sale. The Christingle, with its symbolic elements, offers a meaningful way for children to engage with the Christmas story. All are welcome to join us afterwards for our Advent Tea and visit the Bring and Buy sale for Christmas goods and festive presents.

Christmas Eve, Sunday 24th December, 18.00 – Christmas Eucharist – come together in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ with hymns and readings telling love, peace, hope, and the arrival of our Saviour.

Christmas Eve, Sunday 24th December, 20.00 – Service of Nine Lessons and Carols is a cherished tradition that beautifully captures the essence of the Advent season, inviting people to reflect on the significance of Christ’s birth through scripture and music. Between the readings, congregational carols and choral performances are sung, reflecting on the themes presented in each of the nine readings.

The latest issue of our church magazine is now here for you to read and enjoy.

 

Lifeline 200 November 2023

This is your day
and we shall praise you!
This is your day
and we shall declare your name!
This is your day,
and we shall worship
a risen Saviour and our King! Amen.

 

We welcome you to worship with us with this written service.

 

Keit Koti – Yesterday the Netherlands celebrated the legal abolition of slavery in the Netherlands with a ceremony in which King Willem spoke:

“On this day that we remember the Dutch history of slavery, I ask forgiveness for this crime against humanity,” he said.

The ceremony marked the 160th anniversary of the legal abolition of slavery in the Netherlands, including its former colonies in the Caribbean.

Let us pray:

God of freedom, God of beauty, God of truth, you help set the captives free. In the darker moments, when clouds gather and the heaviness seems overwhelming, remind us of your love, carrying the weight of so much in that cross, embracing the world with arms outstretched that we might know freedom from the chains which constrain us. Bring us to your light,  Amen. 

 

 

Opening Hymn NEH 636

Great is Thy faithfulness

 

The Collect

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that with you as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not our hold on things eternal; grant this, heavenly Father, for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

 

The Readings

Genesis 22: 1-14
Romans 6: 12-end
Matthew 10: 40-end

 

The Psalm

Psalm 13

The Anthem

The Call – Richard Lloyd

Hymn NEH 626

Amazing Grace

 

 

The Intercessions

 

 

 

Closing Hymn NEH 626

And can it be

 

Closing Prayers

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

 

Opening Call to Prayer from John Birch at https://www.faithandworship.com/

We welcome you to our written service this Second Sunday in Lent. Here you can find the readings for today, prayers and links to the anthem, psalm and hymns.

 

First we open our service with a prayer for peace in our world.

 

Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed: kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all, the true love of peace and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth that in tranquillity your kingdom may go forward, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid.   John 14.27

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Hymn 338

At the name of Jesus
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The Collect

Almighty God, by the prayer and discipline of Lent may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings, and by following in his Way come to share in his glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The Psalm

Psalm 121

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The Anthem

God so loved the world – John Stainer

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The Readings

Genesis 12: 1-4a
Romans 4: 1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17
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Hymn 68

Jesu, Lord of life and Glory

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The Intercessions

Heavenly Father, we continue to pray for Your creation, with its many and great problems;
we pray for its worldly leaders, many struggling for power, without regard for human life or dignity; if it be Your will, turn their hearts to an understanding of Your love and the responsibilities they have for Your creation;
We pray You for those devoting their time, energies and lives to helping others;
and for all, individuals and families, struggling to maintain traditional human standards against the great temptations and dangers of modern society, automation and ease;
Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for Your Church world-wide in its various denominations, and particularly at this time for the Church of England, facing a profound rift within its leadership;
We pray for all Christian leaders, particularly for our Kings Charles and William Alexander, and for ourselves, as we struggle to understand what You would have us do:
help us to believe and trust in Your promises, waiting patiently in the world ‘with clean hands and a pure heart’.
Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all in need or distress at this time,
for those suffering from the atrocities being perpetrated in so many areas of the world;
for those suffering directly or indirectly from the consequences of climate change;
for all sick and suffering; the mentally ill, the lonely, and the bereaved;
We pray particularly for our own congregation, for those on our Chaplaincy Prayer List,
and for those for whom we personally wish to pray …
Comfort, O God, all in distress, relieve them from their suffering if it be Your will,
and lift them up in Your everlasting arms;
Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Pour out Your Spirit on all the baptised O God, fill us with trust in Your word, and the hope of our Lord’s return, and give us that peace of mind that passes all understanding.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of Your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen
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Hymn 76

Take up thy cross, the Saviour said
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Closing Prayers

Almighty God,
you have created the heavens and the earth
and made us in your own image:
teach us to discern your hand in all your works
and your likeness in all your children;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things,
now and for ever.
Amen. 

 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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Lifeline no.195

Today the second candle on the Advent wreath will be lit when we worship in church today. The second candle is the Bethlehem Candle representing love: “This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12).

If you are worshipping at home we offer this written service of prayers, readings and music.

Opening Collect

O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power
and come among us,
and with great might succour us;
that whereas, through our sins and wickedness
we are grievously hindered
in running the race that is set before us,
your bountiful grace and mercy
may speedily help and deliver us;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

 

Opening Hymn

Hymn 5: Hark, a thrilling voice is sounding
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUMcjVFsbUE

 

The Readings

Malachi 3: 1-4
Philippians 1: 3-11
Luke 3: 1-6

The Anthem

People look East – arr. Barry Ferguson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2b0XKgEboak

The Intercessions

God our Heavenly Father, Who alone can bring order out of chaos, we continue to bring before You our deeply troubled world, struggling to understand what is happening and where it is going, as it is confronted with enormous practical problems from all sides, a world experiencing social and political instability everywhere. We pray for all in a position of authority, for governments, organisations, and parents, that they may look to You for guidance in their great need for wisdom;
Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

And we pray especially for the Church, the spiritual bride of Your dear Son, as it is struggles with an increasingly materialistic and alien world, and the temptations of compromise in an attempt to survive.
Inspire, guide and strengthen its ministers, and all who confess Your name, to trust in You to keep afloat in today’s violent and stormy seas.

We pray especially for the many throughout the world who are suffering for their faith, give them great fortitude and courage to remain true to their faith in You.
Give us in this Chaplaincy to know what You would have us do, from day to day and week to week, and prepare us, and our new Chaplain, for the time ahead.

Fill us with the hope of Your Son’s return in power, that we may be ready for anything that You would have us do.
Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all in distress at this time,
for the oppressed, and for the millions of refugees fleeing from oppressive regimes;

We pray for all sick and suffering, for the depressed, the bereaved, and those struggling with their faith;
we pray particularly for those of our own congregation, for those on our Chaplaincy Prayer List;
for those too frail or handicapped to be present with us in Church,
and for those for whom we personally wish to pray …..

Comfort, O God, all in distress, relieve them from their suffering if it be Your will,
and lift them up in Your everlasting arms;
Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the souls of the faithful departed this life in the faith of Christ,
may they rest in Your peace until the day of the resurrection.

Heavenly Father, You have promised to provide light in the darkness for those who trust in You:
Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what You would have us do,
the humility to listen to Your Holy Spirit, and Your light to guide our footsteps that we may not stumble;
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of Your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen

 

Closing Hymn

Hymn 408: Love Divine, all loves excelling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw5ZCZeS32M&t=147s 

 

Closing Prayers

Father in heaven,
who sent your Son to redeem the world
and will send him again to be our judge:
give us grace so to imitate him
in the humility and purity of his first coming
that, when he comes again,
we may be ready to greet him
with joyful love and firm faith;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

May the Lord make us ready for his coming in glory.
Amen.

You are most welcome to share in this written service, the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity. This service offers the readings for today, prayers and a selected anthem and hymn.

 

Opening Prayer

O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers
of your people who call upon you;
and grant that they may both perceive and know
what things they ought to do,
and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.  

 

The Readings

Wisdom 1: 16-,2.1, 12-22
James 3: 13-4.3,7-8a
Mark 9: 30-37

 

The Anthem

Teach me, O Lord – Thomas Attwood
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAmWl8xWmZQ

 

The Intercessions

Gracious God, as the seasonal changes usher in fresh nuances in our outlook on life, help us to reflect on our spiritual journey and on our relationship with you. Aware of our debt of gratitude for the life of our Lord Jesus, for his example on how we should live, and for his sacrifice of himself for us, we bring our intercessions before you with praise and thanksgiving. Just as the autumn mists dissolve in the warmth of the sun, revealing clear and sharply defined vistas, help us so to focus on the teachings in your Holy Word that we find clear pathways to follow throughout our earthly pilgrimage.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, in a world too complex to understand we often feel burdened by life’s pressures and loads. Remembering today’s Gospel reading grant us the clarity and unfettered simplicity of children. In unsolicited service to others help us to find freedom, joy and fulfilment.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Caught up in perpetual cycles of fear, cultural differences, and ethnic mistrust that fuel arms races and confrontational posturing, Lord we long for world peace. Grant, we pray, fresh inspiration and creativity to national and international leaders that energies and resources bound up in the manufacture of weapons may be diverted towards relieving hunger and suffering, and for supplying other basic needs.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayerr

Look with compassion on aid workers and agencies, especially those providing emergency support to victims of natural and man-made disasters. Grant them courage and tenacity, particularly in the face of danger, resource limitation, frustration and despair. Help all of us who live in greater security and comfort never to forget to help provide them with financial and material resources.
And, amongst other humanitarian crises we lift up before you the peoples of Afghanistan and Yemen.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

We ask your blessing on the work and support given by our visiting priests and diocesan bishops. We thank you that we have been able to identify a suitable candidate as our future chaplain and we pray for your help and guidance as we work through the administrative issues necessary for his formal appointment.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord, daily in the nations of the earth people come together to worship and pray to you in many languages and liturgical traditions. Help us to actively maintain open communication and mutual respect for others. Today we pray for the well-being of the Russian Orthodox Church, its members and priesthood. We ask you to bless and inspire the work of Malcolm Rogers, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia.
Look also, with mercy upon the persecuted church worldwide. Give protection, and assurance, recognizing the work of the Open Doors organization in providing information about persecution.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord, many people have borne the brunt of care for victims of the Covid-19 virus. We thank you for their devotion, often far beyond the normal expectations of duty. We pray that our Heads of State and their governments will continue to recognize, support and reward this extraordinary work and commitment.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, our physical and mental health are inextricably entangled with our spiritual welfare. We beseech you that where there is disease, pain, or despair amongst our community, families and friends, you will bring healing and relief. Grant comfort and patience in adversity and provide an unfailing sense of your presence. Look especially upon Mary in her recovery and resettlement, and on Christine in her bereavement.
We commend to you the souls of Renger and other faithful departed to your eternal keeping.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord, our worldly cares distract us, scattering to the winds our focus and good intentions. Assist us now in the quiet of this sanctuary to briefly pause and reflect, presenting before you our innermost concerns for ourselves and for others.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour, Jesus Christ

 

 

The Hymn

377 – Immortal invisible
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spE-BE23qxA

 

 

Closing Prayers

Almighty God,
you have taught us through your Son
that love is the fulfilling of the law:
grant that we may love you with our whole heart
and our neighbours as ourselves;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.

Lindisfarne – Holy Island

Lindisfarne is situated off the Northumbria coast in the north east of England, a causeway links the island to the mainland. The causeway is covered by the tide twice a day.

It became one of the holiest sites in Anglo-Saxon England. At the invitation of King Oswald, Aiden, a monk from Iona founded a monastery on Lindisfarne in around 635. Aiden became its first Abbot and Bishop.

Perhaps its most famous bishop was Cuthbert who arrived in about 670. He was a reluctant Bishop, Cuthbert preferred the life of a hermit, he became bishop in 685 and had a reputation as a caring pastor and healer.

Lindisfarne became known as a centre of learning one of its lasting contributions was the creation of the of illuminated Latin manuscript of the Gospels, believed to have been created between 710-25, the Lindisfarne Gospels which are now in the British Library.

Folio 209v of the Lindisfarne Gospels showing John the Evangelist.

associated with Eadfrith of LindisfarnePublic domain

The wealth that grew around Lindisfarne as did its reputation made it a centre of Christian learning. In June 793, however, it suffered a Viking attack which led to the monks to vacate the Monastery for about 400 years. Lindisfarne returned as an active religious centre from about the 12th century until the Dissolution of Monasteries and over the centuries slowly went into decline.

For more information about the history of Lindisfarne visit the English Heritage web site

While Lindisfarne is seen by many as a tourist attraction it is also a centre for retreats

My thanks to Lynne and Brian Williams for the photos from Lindisfarne

+ In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Almighty God,
who called your Church to bear witness
that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:
help us to proclaim the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may be drawn to you;
through him who was lifted up on the cross,
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
(Common Worship Collect for the 13th Sunday of Trinity)

The Word of the Lord
(Verses from the readings from those set for the 13th Sunday of Trinity)

Psalm 15
Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle? • Who may rest upon your holy hill?
Whoever leads an uncorrupt life • and does the thing that is right;
Who speaks the truth from the heart • and bears no deceit on the tongue;
Who does no evil to a friend • and pours no scorn on a neighbour;
In whose sight the wicked are not esteemed, • but who honours those who fear the Lord.
Whoever has sworn to a neighbour • and never goes back on that word;
Who does not lend money in hope of gain, • nor takes a bribe against the innocent;
Whoever does these things • shall never fall.

Pause

James (1.17-18, 22-25)
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfilment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
. . . be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing.

Pause

Lindisfarne has been a holy place over some 1400 years, admittedly there were long periods when the monastery laid empty or in ruins. Yet people returned to these sacred places and in them found sacred people and found themselves and hopefully that they too were part of this sacred fabric and like those before them they were walking in the way of Christ.

Loving God, what we desire is this; that people see not us, but through our smile, greeting, helping hand or helpful word, your love reach out and touch, maybe at a time of need. Keep us focussed through this day on being your servants in this place, or wherever you might take us, and may your name be glorified.

When life is tough, Lord, grant us both strength but peace, in knowing you are there beside us in darkness and in light, never further away than a silent prayer is heard and arms reach out to hug. (John Birch)

Let us draw into our circle of prayer our:
Family
Friends
Local church and its leaders
wider community

widening our circle to include:
those in government and positions of authority
those who are oppressed
those who are hungry and homeless
those who are ill
those facing death
Merciful Father, accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

Almighty God, you search us and know us:
may we rely on you in strength and rest on you in weakness,
now and in all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

+ In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

God bless the steps you take and the path you tread. May they bring you safely to where God needs you at the start of this new day.

*John Birch Sunshine – Storm page 2,16 & 111

You may wish the finish this time of reflective prayer sitting silently and enjoying a peaceful moment or two. You may also think about listening to some music that has touched you or a favourite hymn or song. Enjoy these moments! God bless!

Derek Akker