A gift of contemplative prayer

A gift of contemplative prayer: from St. Augustine’s Prayer for the Seven-Fold Gift (4th Centruy AD)

1st Fold: Wisdom

Oh Holy Spirit,
Grant me the gift of WISDOM
and supernatural light.
That I may not only know God,
His infinite goodness, power and beauty,
but also may have a heart to love thee,
and a will ready to follow
Thy gracious leading.

Amen

Watch “Attentive” on YouTube

A prayer for the weekend (in light of current events)

Lord Jesus Christ, the world moves at an amazing pace and, at times, we can be distracted. Call us aside so that we might truly appreciate what it means to be attentive to life.

Yes, to simply be!

To be: Before another.
With another.
And even for another.
Yes, to be before You, with You and for You in the world.

Yet also to be attentive to others.
To become aware of another person’s life:
Their journey.
Their questions.
Their longings.
Their hopes.
Their dreams.

Yes, and in being before them to notice, to see, and to be attentive.

Yes, and to be with another, to walk alongside even if it is for a moment or a day, so that we might:
Share.
Listen.
Appreciate.

Yes, living God so that we might, in our common humanity, truly be for each other and that together we might carry the load.

Yes, so that we might be of some assistance, human beings together – a remarkable privilege.

Thank You, Lord. Amen.

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Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid Week 10th – 16th May 2020

Love never fails. Coronavirus impacts all of us.
But love unites us all.

“Let us love, not in word or speech but in truth and action.” (1 John 3:18).

As this coronavirus spreads across the world, love rises up in response. You’ve already shown incredible kindness to your neighbours. Now is the time to reach out to your neighbours both near and far. Your love protects. From storms, from drought, and now from coronavirus; your love protects our global neighbours battling the spread of this illness. Your love protects with soap, clean water and medical supplies. By supporting us this Christian Aid Week, you can reach out and protect more of your neighbours today.

Christian Aid Week is moving online! We would love you to join in to show love for our neighbours near and far, as a global family.
Unfortunately under the current circumstances regarding Covid-19, there is a delay to processing donations by post.

Please give via the Christian Aid website where possible or call 020 7523 2269 to donate by telephone.
Paying directly into their bank account
For details on how to pay money directly into their bank account please call 020 7523 2226.

The coronavirus outbreak threatens the health of our neighbours near and far. Together we must respond quickly to help the most vulnerable.
Coronavirus has shown us that our futures are bound more tightly together than ever before and now it is spreading across the world’s poorest countries, putting people living in poverty at great risk.
These people are already facing a lack of water, food and healthcare. Some are homeless. Some are living with underlying health issues such as HIV. As coronavirus infection rates speed up, they will feel the impacts of the virus deeply. We must respond now.

Christian Aid is responding to the coronavirus outbreak in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean.
We’re working together with partners and faith leaders to inform people about the risks, offering hygiene and hand washing sessions, equipping health facilities with supplies and providing training to frontline aid workers.
We’re providing food packages to some of the most marginalised families and ensuring protection for women affected by domestic violence.

Together with our local partners, we are working quickly to limit the impact of coronavirus in some of the most vulnerable communities around the world.
We are drawing on our experience from the Ebola crisis and helping communities to prevent and delay infection.

We are providing essential soap, water and hand-washing training.
We are ensuring urgent health messages get through to help keep people safe. We are working through our networks of church partners and faith-based organisations to reach the most vulnerable at this critical time.
Life-changing transformation is possible when we come together in faith and action!
With your help we can do even more.
Christian Aid believes in life before death!

Please give via the Christian Aid website where possible or call 020 7523 2269 to donate by telephone.
Paying directly into their bank account
For details on how to pay money directly into their bank account please call 020 7523 2226.