17 November 2021 – Pause & Pray

Image Source: “A Heart So Big” by Jason Cianelli

Every Wednesday at 12pm we invite you to pause and pray with us.

PRAY:

Loving God
in that deep down
sacred place
we call our souls
where silence holds every word
and every word is shaped by the deeper silence

may we wait with you there
within that love
that needs no name
yet we know
and recognise
and calls us
as your own

So we give thanks
for what is familiar
certain
assured
in you
that grace
that forgiveness
that transformation
unconditionally given
universally made

yet
may we meet you
on the edge
of what is familiar to us
that place between what we know
and what we yet be

that we might stretch our faith
deepen our experience
in seeking you by other shores
that we might journey closer in you
O God
who has many names
and many traditions

In this daring place
where our faith feel vulnerable
and how we speak of you is challenged
may we reimagine you
with images and words
unfamiliar to us
yet connect us to others

Yet
we pause here
and breath you in
and yes
we recognise
what is familiar to us all
the love that reaches us
wherever we find ourselves
the love that invites us
into always doing a new thing
the love that holds us
in all of lives experiences
the love that speaks in us
when all other words have been used up

Loving
Graceful
Generous
midwife of stars
and companion on the way
So be it
Amen

(Source: Roddy Hamilton, https://www.nkchurch.org.uk/copy-of-suffering-1)

MEDITATE:

“But Moses said to God, ‘If I come to the Israelites and say to them, “The God of your ancestors has sent me to you”, and they ask me, “What is his name?” what shall I say to them?’ God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am.’ He said further, ‘Thus you shall say to the Israelites, “I am has sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:13-14, NRSV)

LISTEN:

Bring Many Names,” written by Brian Wren, performed by Jen Conley

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