Sunday, 16 January 2022

Compline (night prayer) - Sunday, 16 January 2022

As we reflect on the miracle of water turning to wine, we welcome the transformational power of the Spirit in our own lives and those for whom we pray.

Friday, 14 January 2022

Compline (night prayer) - Friday, 14 January 2022

We are called to be have a childlike faith; a gentle trust in the goodness of God.
Lord, we thank You for the love that redeems, enables and equips us to serve those around us. Bring us sleep and may we wake tomorrow to blessings given and received in You. Amen.

Thursday, 13 January 2022

Compline (night prayer) - Thursday, 13 January 2022

Though past, the promise fulfilled made real for us in Jesus at Christmas lives anew every day in the hearts and lives of believers. Help us to share Him with those far off we pray. Amen.

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Compline (night prayer) Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Amos 3 tells us, ‘They do not know how to do right, those who store up what they have stolen.’

Lord, give us the courage to oppose wrong and as we wake tomorrow, to stand fearlessly for justice, mercy and right. Amen.

Today (12 January) the Church celebrates the lives and ministries of Aelred and Benedict Biscop

 Aelred was born at Hexham in 1109, entering the Cistercian Order at Rievaulx in about 1133, after spending some years in the court of King David of Scotland he became Abbot of Revesby in 1143 and returned to Rievaulx four years later to become abbot and to spend the remainder of his life.

He was profoundly influential through his spiritual writings, which he began at the request of Bernard of Clairvaux, the two having a similar approach to the spiritual life. Because of this, Aelred was often called ‘the Bernard of the North’. He died on this day at Rievaulx in 1167.

Benedict Biscop, was born a Northumbrian nobleman in 628, serving at the court of King Oswiu of Northumbria until he joined Wilfrid of York on his pilgrimage to Rome to the tombs of the apostles.
He made a second trip accompanied by the King’s son and on his way home was clothed a monk at the Benedictine house of Lérins.
It was on his third trip to Rome that he met and returned to England with Theodore, the newly-appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, who made him Abbot of St Augustine’s in 669.
Five years later, he was permitted to make his own foundation at Wearmouth, which he had built in the Roman style and endowed with a huge library. He encouraged the development of the Uncial script which also acted as a vehicle for the propagation of the Roman Rite. His own scholarship, and that promoted through the religious houses he founded, played a large part in the acceptance of the primacy of Roman over Celtic practice throughout northern England.

Benedict Biscop died on this day in 689.

Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Compline (night prayer) - Tuesday, 11, January 2022

We live as strangers in this world. As we engage in sleep (that short foray into death) may we realise in the daily resurrection of the new day our dying to self and our rising to serve God and all humanity in His love and life. Amen.

Today (11 January) the Church celebrates the life and ministry of Mary Slessor

Today the Church celebrates the life and ministry of Mary Slessor.

Mary was born into a working-class, Presbyterian family in Aberdeen in 1848. As a child in Dundee, she was enthralled by stories of missions in Africa. For years, she read diligently as she worked in the mills, and in 1875, she was accepted as a teacher for the mission in Calabar, Nigeria.

Her fluency in the local language, physical resilience and lack of pretension endeared her to those to whom she ministered. She adopted unwanted children, particularly twins who would otherwise, according to local superstition, have been put to death. She was influential in organising trade and in settling disputes, contributing much to the development of the Okoyong people with whom she later settled.

She died, still in Africa, on this day in 1915.

Monday, 10 January 2022

Compline (night prayer) - Monday, 10 January 2022

In all that the day has been, as we bring it to its close, we pray we would see in the commonplace and ordinary, Your amazing love and provision in the familiar settings, places and people and would find blessing in them. Amen.