The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices
Sunday 30th May 2021: Trinity Sunday
- Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey, Sylvia Martin, Margaret and Derek Barker, Suzie Clements, Judith Piggott and Jane Williams ,John and Tricia Williams
- Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am. Compline at 6pm on Thursday.
- Sunday 30th May, we are in church at Morcott for the Benefice Communion Service at 10am. There will be no Zoom service on that day.
Sunday 6th June 11 am Morning Worship, please advise Kay if attending.
Open Gardens 12th and 13th June.
Sunday 13th June 9.30am Morning Worship (AR).
Sunday 27th June 9.30am Holy Communion (CA).
‘Still Time’ (a time for silent prayer) in South Luffenham Church on Fridays from 10.30-11am. All are welcome to pop in for a few moments of stillness.
By Carolyn Welch 30th May
“Thy will be done” is part of our most important prayer, but how often do our prayers turn on our personal needs and wants as we perceive them – our spiritual ‘intent’ given over to achieving a better position in this physical world?
Let us, in imagination, return to England, October 1642. The times are disordered. Entrenchment in politics and religion has widened the gap between king and a good many of his people – now polarized, neither gives way and the situation descends into that particularly tragic armed conflict – civil war. Amid all the bustling tension, all the blustering rhetoric to steel nerves and resolve, an officer stands before his soldiers as they ready for battle and prays aloud:
“Thou knowest, Lord, how busy this day I must be: if I forget thee, do not forget me”.
It is moving to note what the prayer is not about – it is not to claim God for his side; not for a righteous cause over all others; not for victory; not for the enemy’s destruction; not for his own safety, glory and success. Leaving aside all other issues and knowing he will be absorbed and overwhelmed by events, he asks for one essential thing – that his God should remain with him, whatever.
Jacob Astley’s prayer at the battle of Edgehill has been justly remembered to this day – striking in what it leaves out as well as what he clearly desires above all else.
See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens.