Month: September 2015

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

England kick off the rugby union world cup playing Fiji tonight – come on England!

Faith Unlocked

A historic American spiritual song. The earliest known recording was in 1909, by the Fisk Jubilee Singers of Fisk University. It is also the unofficial anthem of the English Rugby team.

Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming forth to carry me home,
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming forth to carry me home.

I looked over Jordan, and what did I see
Coming forth to carry me home?
A band of angels coming after me,
Coming forth to carry me home.


Sometimes I’m up, and sometimes I’m down,
(Coming forth to carry me home)
But still my soul feels heavenly bound.
(Coming forth to carry me home)


The brightest day that I can say,
Coming forth to carry me home)
When Jesus washed my sins away.
(Coming forth to carry me home)


If I get there before you do,
(Coming forth to carry me home)
I’ll cut a hole…

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Prayers for 13 September 2015

God our Father, thank you for giving us the means to know you, through the loving sacrifice and glorious resurrection of your Son. No ear has heard, no eye has seen a God like you, who adopts us as heirs in Your kingdom.

Though not one of us is worthy, you choose to love us, and welcome us into your presence. Lord, we welcome You in this place. Your heart breaks for us, and ours breaks at the thought of our sins in thought and word, in action and inaction. Father, forgive us we pray.

We pray for our broken world, and for those who are suffering today. We pray for those injured and bereaved by the crane catastrophe in Mecca. Lord we pray for those in Your church ministering to the Muslim community that their soul search for a Father may lead them to call on Your name and find the means to know You through the good news of Jesus.

We continue to pray for those driven to risk their lives in migration from war and persecution. Lord, give our leaders wisdom and compassion to respond, to provide sanctuary for those in need of asylum, rescue and shelter to those in peril, and aid to address the root causes that drive desperate people to the traffickers and mortal danger in search of a better life.

Lord in a year of transition for Your church in this parish and diocese, bless and guide us we pray:
– we thank you Jehovah Jireh for your continuing provision;
– as we seek new leadership in advancing Your kingdom;
– as we seek to continue to walk humbly by faith, grow in discipleship, and to always love and point others to You.

Lord bless and guide us we pray.

Lord you comfort those who mourn. We lift to you the families of all those known to us who are grieving at this time, or whose anniversaries of loss fall at this time. Hear us, Lord of life, and uphold by the grace and consolation of your Holy Spirit all those who are bereaved.

Lord, grant your healing grace to all who are sick in mind, body or spirit that they may be made whole. Grant to all who are lonely, anxious or depressed a knowledge of your will and an awareness of your presence. Grant to all who minister to those who are suffering wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience. Mend broken relationships, and restore to those in distress soundness of mind and serenity of spirit. Sustain and support those who seek your guidance and lift up all who are brought low by the trials of this life. Restore to wholeness whatever is broken by human sin, in our lives, in our nation, and in the world.

We pray for members of our church family who suffer today.

Father, hear our prayers, in Jesus’ name and for his sake

Come taste the New Wine


Written following this week’s Haiku Challenge on RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge #61 – “Tears and Wine” :

The tears of a King
Flowed to wash us and refresh –
Come taste the New Wine