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LENT BLOG DAY 38 APRIL 16TH

LENT BLOG DAY 38 APRIL 16TH

An Eastering God: Staying with Christ

 

 

Light and darkness are often used as allegories for good and evil or truth and untruth. The Unitive Way (Staying with Christ) corresponds to the sanctuary, where the Eucharist is distributed, the very high point of church life and the communion service. This is the point when we are ‘closest’ to Christ and his light.

 

The theme of these quotes and thoughts all relate to light and all the images show the strength of light (and so of Christ) apparent in or on the churches of our benefice (except one!). Can you recognise them all?

 

You are the source of all life, and because of your light we see the light. (Psalm 36:9)

LENT BLOG DAY 37 APRIL 15TH 2019

LENT BLOG DAY 37 APRIL 15TH 2019

 

An Eastering God: Staying with Christ

 

 

 

Light and darkness are often used as allegories for good and evil or truth and untruth. The Unitive Way (Staying with Christ) corresponds to the sanctuary, where the Eucharist is distributed, the very high point of church life and the communion service. This is the point when we are ‘closest’ to Christ and his light.

 

The theme of these quotes and thoughts all relate to light and all the images show the strength of light (and so of Christ) apparent in or on the churches of our benefice (except one!). Can you recognise them all?

 

Jesus spoke to the Pharisees again. “I am the light of the world,” he said. “Whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness.” (John 8:12)

 

LENT BLOG DAY 36 APRIL 14TH 2019

LENT BLOG DAY 36 APRIL 14TH 2019

Day 36:                 “The land of spices; something understood.”

 

 

Here is a piece from a Morcott Sculpture Garden.  I can’t think of a better image to end Herbert’s exploration of prayer than this one.

The poem ends with the simple assertion that prayer is, “something understood.” If we believe that God is the creator of all, that Jesus came to show us a better way to live and that the Holy Spirit directs us into all truth – that God is truth – then to understand something is to get our minds lined up with God.  If we chip away at an issue in our prayers then, like the sculptor, we can get close to the nitty-gritty of the matter.  Is that what Jesus was doing in the Garden of Gethsemane – squaring the love of God with his inevitable suffering?

Yes, there are answers.  We need to ask the right questions in our prayers.

                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                   

 

 

LENT BLOG 35 APRIL 13TH 2019

LENT BLOG 35 APRIL 13TH 2019

Day 35:                

“The Milkie way, the bird of Paradise,

Church-bels beyond the stares heard, the souls bloud,”

 

So our prayers can take us beyond the cosmos and find there the call of heaven?  Some folk think contemplating nature is enough for prayer but Herbert seems to suggest here that our prayerful reach must go beyond the seen to the unseen – to the creator of all that we know.

“The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork” Psalm 19.1

 

LENT BLOG DAY 34 APRIL 12TH 2019

LENT BLOG DAY 34 APRIL 12TH 2019

Day 34:   

              “Exalted Manna, gladnesse of the best,

                Heaven in ordinarie, man well drest,”

 Prayer is a seeking for the best we can achieve, whether it be sartorial elegance, generosity of  spirit or tidying up the  hedgerows.

Here we see Tylers’ new planting to replace mischief caused by a rick-fire last summer.  That is also a job for us in Lent –repairing damage.

CHURCH SERVICES: PALM SUNDAY – SUNDAY 14th APRIL 2019

CHURCH SERVICES: PALM SUNDAY – SUNDAY 14th APRIL 2019

All are Welcome our Service

in the Benefice this Sunday,

PALM SUNDAY

The Procession – with palm Crosses and a donkey – departs from The Village Hall at 9.30am.  All welcome!

9.30 am South Luffenham Church Family Communion (CA)

Readings:  Isa, 50. 4-9a  Luke 22. 14-23.end

CA = The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong, AR=Mrs Ann Robinson, Reader

LENT BLOG DAY 33 APRIL 11TH 2019

LENT BLOG DAY 33 APRIL 11TH 2019

Day 33:               

  “Softness, and peace, and joy, and love, and blisse

    Exalted manna, gladness of the best,”  

 

 

Prayer at its best is a love-song with God but those moments of passion only grab us occasionally.  We might wait a very long time for that intensity but when they come they are instructive in their power.  Read the first few verses of The Song of Solomon.  The whole book is sensuous!  It prefigures the New Testament image of the Church as the Bride of Christ. We too must play our part in that love-song with our prayers.

LENT BLOG DAY 32 APRIL 10TH 2019

LENT BLOG DAY 32 APRIL 10TH 2019

 

Day 32:               

  “The six-dais world transposing in an houre,

    A kind of tune, which all things heare and fear;”

 

 

Another Gilman arrival!  According to Percy, the gestation period for sheep is about 5 months.  Herbert here suggests that prayer shrinks time but my experience is that the answer to prayer is sometimes instant, sometimes delayed and sometimes very obscure.  For our shepherds a good lambing season must be an answer to prayer.

GLOBAL HARMONY CONCERT LYDDINGTON SATURDAY 13TH APRIL 2019

GLOBAL HARMONY CONCERT LYDDINGTON SATURDAY 13TH APRIL 2019

Global Harmony Concert, Lyddington 13 th April  7.30

Supporting Barrowden Church

This year Global Harmony, Melton Mowbray’s World Music Community Choir, will be celebrating their 20th year in Concert.

As part of their celebrations they are staging an evening of World Music at St Andrew’s Church Lyddington on Saturday 13th April starting at 19:30.  They are donating the proceeds of this event to the St Peter’s, Barrowden Re-Ordering Project  – a hugely generous gesture I am sure you would agree.

This has all the makings of an outstanding evening.  Their repertoire spans a wide range from Folk Songs from France, African Work Songs to Croatian Love Songs – all chosen to entertain audiences of all ages.  They plan to sing about twenty songs with a “halftime” interval for wine and nibbles!

All of this for just £8 per person and under 16s get in for free.  Please do join them– it will be well worth your while I can assure you.

You can buy tickets from tickets Peter Voller [01572 747374 or petervoller@btconnect.com] But hurry, they have a large local following and tickets are likely to be taken up pretty quickly.

So, a brief reminder:

Global Harmony Concert, St Andrew’s Church, Lyddington

Saturday 13th April starting at 19:30

Ticket price £8 per person from Peter Voller or on the door.

LENT BLOG DAY 31 APRIL 9TH 2019

LENT BLOG DAY 31 APRIL 9TH 2019

Day 31:

“Engine against th’ Almightie, sinner’s towre

   Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piecing spear,”

 

 

Has Herbert got his imagery right here?  Sometimes my prayers do rage against God but is it wise to meet God head-on?