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LENT BLOG DAY 42 APRIL 20TH 2019

LENT BLOG DAY 42 APRIL 20TH 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?

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” (Genesis 1:3-5)

LENT BLOG DAY 41 APRIL19TH 2019

LENT BLOG DAY 41 APRIL19TH 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?

 

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

LENT BLOG DAY 40 APRIL 18TH 2019

LENT BLOG DAY 40 APRIL 18TH 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?

 

The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. (Matthew 4:16)

 

LENT BLOG DAY 39 APRIL 17TH 2019

LENT BLOG DAY 39 APRIL 17TH 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?

 

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:5-7)

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.

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.