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Jesus have mercy on me, a sinner

THE LIGHT OF HOPE

Show us, O Lord, the transience of the world in the light of heaven,

the shortness of time in the light of eternity

and the meaning of death in the light of resurrection;

through the merits of Christ the Lord. Amen.

Richard Challoner (1691-1781)

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YOU ARE MY FATHER

Father, I abandon myself into Your hands; 
do with me what You will. 
Whatever You do I thank You. 
I am ready for all, I accept all. 
Let only Your will be done in me, 
as in all Your creatures, 
I ask no more than this, my Lord. 
Into Your hands I commend my soul; 
I offer it to You, O Lord, 
with all the love of my heart, 
for I love You, my God, and so need to give myself– 
to surrender myself into Your hands, 
without reserve and with total confidence,
for You are my Father.

The Prayer of Abandonment by Brother Charles de Foucauld. 

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PRAYER AND SIMPLE FAITH

I want you to pray.

Pray every way you can imagine.

Pray every moment of the day, with every breath you take.

Pray in the quiet of the morning and out loud where other believers gather.

Spend time in God’s presence in humble meditation.

Listen for God’s voice.

Pray for the rulers of this world.

Pray for the hungry that they might find food.

Pray for the sick that they might be healed.

Pray for your enemies, that they be blessed.

Pray simple prayers and live a simple life.

For the truth is revealed in prayer.

The truth is this – there is one God, who sent his Son Jesus to set us free, to draw us closer to Him through the promise of Christ’s resurrection.

This is the Good News.

Prayer is at the bottom of this.

Do something beautiful before God.

Become beautiful before God.

Raise your holy hands to God.

Humble yourself before God.

Pray simple prayers.

Adopted from: 1 Timothy 2 (The Message Bible)

WEAVE A SILENCE INTO MY HEART

Weave a silence, O Lord, on to our lips; weave a silence into our minds; weave a silence within our hearts.

Close our ears to distractions; close our eyes to attractions; close our heart to temptations. Amen.

Celtic Prayer (Traditional)

BEAUTY, SO ANCIENT AND SO NEW

O Beauty, so ancient and so new! Late have we loved you, though you were always with us. You call to our heart. You burst on our deafness. You scatter our blindness. We draw breath at your fragrance. Our heart pants for you. Our soul hungers for you. You touch us and we are consumed at the thought of your peace. Amen.

Prayer of St Augustine

THE ANABAPTIST NETWORK’S STATEMENT OF CORE CONVICTIONS

I ran across this list of “Core Convictions” on www.anabaptistnetwork.com.  It is a stunning statement, representing a Kingdom based, Jesus-centric worldview:

1. Jesus is our example, teacher, friend, redeemer and Lord. He is the source of our life, the central reference point for our faith and lifestyle, for our understanding of church and our engagement with society. We are committed to following Jesus as well as worshipping him.

2. Jesus is the focal point of God’s revelation. We are committed to a Jesus-centered approach to the Bible, and to the community of faith as the primary context in which we read the Bible and discern and apply its implications for discipleship.

3. Western culture is slowly emerging from the Christendom era when church and state jointly presided over a society in which almost all were assumed to be Christian. Whatever its positive contributions on values and institutions, Christendom seriously distorted the gospel, marginalized Jesus, and has left the churches ill-equipped for mission in a post-Christendom culture. As we reflect on this, we are committed to learning from the experience and perspectives of movements such as Anabaptism that rejected standard Christendom assumptions and pursued alternative ways of thinking and behaving.

4. The frequent association of the church with status, wealth and force is inappropriate for followers of Jesus and damages our witness. We are committed to exploring ways of being good news to the poor, powerless and persecuted, aware that such discipleship may attract opposition, resulting in suffering and sometimes ultimately martyrdom.

5. Churches are called to be committed communities of discipleship and mission, places of friendship, mutual accountability and multi-voiced worship. As we eat together, sharing bread and wine, we sustain hope as we seek God’s kingdom together. We are committed to nurturing and developing such churches, in which young and old are valued, leadership is consultative, roles are related to gifts rather than gender and baptism is for believers.

6. Spirituality and economics are inter-connected. In an individualist and consumerist culture and in a world where economic injustice is rife, we are committed to finding ways of living simply, sharing generously, caring for creation, and working for justice.

7. Peace is at the heart of the gospel. As followers of Jesus in a divided and violent world, we are committed to finding non-violent alternatives and to learning how to make peace between individuals, within and among churches, in society, and between nations.

SCATTER OUR BLINDNESS

O Beauty, so ancient and so new! Late have we loved you, though you were always with us. You call to our heart. You burst on our deafness. You scatter our blindness. We draw breath at your fragrance. Our heart pants for you. Our soul hungers for you. You touch us and we are consumed at the thought of your peace. Amen.

St Augustine (354-430)

PEACE OF THE TRINITY BE WITH YOU

Each morning and each evening let the peace of the Father be ours.
Each day and each night let the peace of the Son be ours. Each dawn and each dusk let the peace of the Spirit be ours. Let the blessing of the three in one be ours; both now and for ever. Amen.

The Carmina Gadelica

GOD’S LOVE ENDURES FOREVER

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

Let Me say:
“His love endures forever.”
Let his servants say:
“His love endures forever.”
Let those who fear the Lord say:
“His love endures forever.”

When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord;
he brought me into a spacious place.
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
The Lord is with me; he is my helper.
I look in triumph on my enemies.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.
All of my idols surrounded me,
but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
They surrounded me on every side,
but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
They swarmed around me like bees,
but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns;
in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
I was pushed back and about to fall,
but the Lord helped me.
The Lord is my strength and my defense;
he has become my salvation.

Shouts of joy and victory
resound in my house:
“The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!
The Lord’s right hand is lifted high;
the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”
I will not die but live,
and will proclaim what the Lord has done.
The Lord has chastened me severely,
but he has not given me over to death.
Open for me the gates of the righteous;
I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord
through which the righteous may enter.
I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
you have become my salvation.

The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
The Lord has done it this very day;
let us rejoice today and be glad.

Lord, save me!
Lord, grant me success!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
From the house of the Lord we bless you.
The Lord is God,
and he has made his light shine on us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
up to the horns of the altar.

You are my God, and I will praise you;
you are my God, and I will exalt you.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

From Psalm 118

I WILL PRAISE THE LORD

I will praise the Lord. I won’t forget anything he does for me.

He forgives all my sins.

He heals all my sicknesses.

He saves my life from going down into the grave.

His faithful and tender love makes me feel like a king.

Psalm 103:2-4

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