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Mothering Sunday Prayer Stations – Photo Gallery

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Praying In The Spirit Of St Francis – Launch Of The Prayer Community

Monday, October 5th, 2009

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Sermon for St Francis Day 2009. (Given By the Rev Cannon John Austen)

St Francis. A good name to have for your patron saint. One lady in our church was brought up at St Chrysostom’s in Handsworth. She said no-one could pronounce the name, so they used to call the church St Chrysanthemums. (more…)

Lentwise – Session 2

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

The second session for our Lent course focussed on the theme of nourishment and what keeps us going – reflecting on the saying of Jesus “I am the bread of life” (John 6.25-35).

We had some good discussions around the ideas of what nourishes us spiritually:  nature, relationships, music, worship and silence were common themes. We also got into some interesting areas of thinking around what Jesus meant by saying that the food which he gives lasts into eternal life. This is the food that nourishes us as we travel on the way to the Father, yet is also gives us a taste of that life in the here and now. There is a now-and-not-yet experience of eternal life as we eat the bread that Jesus gives. And although it is satisfying we do still want more. What did Jesus mean saying that when we come to him we will never be hungry? We all felt that with our spiritual nourishment we still needed refreshing and renewing. I wonder if he meant that in coming to him our spiritual hungers will always be satisfied – that we will always be provided for. With Jesus there is always daily bread; bread for today and bread for tomorrow.

What do you think? Please feel free to post your comment.

Sorry there’s no picture this week – we ate the bread before I took a photo.

Lentwise – Session 1

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

This evening our group at St Francis reflected on the image of the compass and themes of direction and destination as we looked at John 14.1-7:  Jesus saying “I am the way…”

We looked at the themes of turmoil and trust as part of our spiritual journey.

As part of the closing meditation ‘Beyond Words’  we placed images and headlines from newspapers around a cross shape which had the points of the compass written on it. God’s concern is for the whole of our lives, the small detail of personal concerns and the great events all around the world from the North to the South and from the East to the West (NEWS.

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If you have been part of a discussion group and would like to share your reflections please post them below as a comment.

New prayer for the current financial situation

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Lord God, we live in disturbing days:
across the world,
prices rise,
debts increase,
banks collapse,
jobs are taken away,
and fragile security is under threat.
Loving God, meet us in our fear and hear our prayer:
be a tower of strength amidst the shifting sands,
and a light in the darkness;
help us receive your gift of peace,
and fix our hearts where true joys are to be found,
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

This new prayer has been published on the Church of England website and aims to help people caught up in the current difficult financial situation.

The prayer, at www.cofe.anglican.org/prayers, is one of a range of resources available in an online initiative that has received the backing of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. He said: “At this time of international financial turbulence, it is important that the Church should be offering the opportunity for prayer and reflection.”

More prayers for those worried about debt are already available on the Church’s website at http://www.cofe.anglican.org/prayers/#debt.

The prayers are available in conjunction with the Matter of Life and Debt website pages at www.cofe.anglican.org/debt, which have been updated to include a resource called the Debt Spiral, allowing website visitors to work out if they are one of the families at risk of getting into serious debt due to the credit crunch.

They also include common sense advice; a downloadable interactive file for working out a household budget; money-saving tips; helpful case studies; and useful links to organisations that can help those in serious debt.