Wednesday, 31 March 2021

compline (night prayer) - Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Our journey to Golgotha continues and as we journey on, we thank God for all that this day has been and, with a new month beginning tomorrow, look back on the first quarter of the year done and dusted and look expectantly to what's ahead.

Tenebrae (a service of shadows) - Wednesday, 31 March 2021

One of the highlights of holy week for me is this service. Sadly Covid restriction mean that it's streamed and held in the church building this year.

Viewer Alert: Often seems to attract dust that irritates the eyes and make them run!

For those interested, you'll find most of our services on YouTube (St Francis church, Leyfields)

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Stations of the Cross (2021) - Tuesday, 30 March 2021

The second of the 'Stations' services from St Francis' church, Leyfields uses the work of sculptor Sean Crampton to leads us further along the road on our Holy Week journeying.

We adore You, O Christ and we praise You.
Because by your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

Monday, 29 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Monday, 29 March 2021

Monday of Holy Week - and it's been a mixed bag of prayer, funerals, stations of the cross and the celebration of another new life come into the world.

Lord, as we lay all within and before us at Your feet, draw us, and all creation, closer to You this night we pray.

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Sunday, 28 March 2021

The lips that sang praise on Palm Sunday cried for Jesus' crucifixion.
Help us who believe, in our unbelief, that we might not deny You Lord.
Help us to be the means of Your Grace in this broken world - we pray.

Saturday, 27 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Saturday, 27 March 2021

Tonight, ending this day with prayer we head towards a new day in which voices will cry Hosanna and sing Jesus' praise - and then, days later, be heard crying 'crucify Him!'

Lord may our hearts, minds and voices be constant in praise and our walk and life be true, always.

Friday, 26 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Friday, 26 March 2021

Another weekend and a sense of Déjà vu about it all as we pray for the needs of the world and of loved ones.
Will humanity never learn?
Will Church ever stop telling God what to do and just let Him be God?

So many want popular - God just wants holy!

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Thursday, 25 March 2021

Lord in the Annunciation we see that you have a plan for us, and all things.
As we prepare for our beds we bring all that this day has held (good, bad, blessing and failure) before you, entrusting us and all things into your hands.
Today birth, death and all between it has been our lot - Lord, have mercy upon us.

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Prayer - an unending journey of reflection, hope, repentance and trust.
Grace - an unending reality of forgiveness we don't deserve and love we all too often forget.
Lord, give us sleep this night and joy in the morning.

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Tuesday, 23 March 2021

A year of Covid-19, of lockdown, of death and sorrow.
But nothing, not even this can separate us from the love of God!
We commend those who have gone to God's grace, love, care and mercy;
we commit ourselves to serve, love and bless those around us.
Lord hear our prayers this night.

Monday, 22 March 2021

compline (night prayer) - Monday, 22 March 2021

We pray that those who lead nations might do so with humility, seeking justice and showing mercy to all those in their care and the nations that surround them.

We pray for those in darkness, desolation, disease and despair might know the power and love of our God. Lord be God in our lives and the lives of all people and nations we pray.

Sunday, 21 March 2021

compline (night prayer) - Sunday, 21 March 2021

With a new week before us, we pray for that which has ended and head for beds in the hope that this coming week will be a blessing, joy and a challenge. May we never forget that regardless of the cloud, it is always sunshine above them.

Saturday, 20 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Saturday, 20 March 2021

It's been a day of so many challenges and for some the sporting failures of the day have caused more sadness still, but context and perspective lead us away from the dissipations to the glory and love of God. Sleep well all.

Friday, 19 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Friday, 19 March 2021

The broken fragments of lives and nations lie before us and in the shadow of the Cross we find reflected in them the wholeness of the Christ.

Lord heal our world and bring hope to the hopeless this night.

Thursday, 18 March 2021

compline (night prayer) - Thursday, 18 March 2021

The world is turning away from the protection of the weak and engaging with those that oppress and oppose freedom. Lord bring Your healing to the world and raise up a people who seek righteousness.

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Wednesday, 17 March 2021

The day is closed with prayer and all is reflected upon and entrusted to God as on the other side of the world the Church has taken up the baton. Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Darkness falls and yet it cannot overcome the light by which we reflect and shine God's love in all that the day has been. Entrusting situation, circumstance, the needs of others (and our own needs) we lay all at the foot of the Cross and head for bed and sleep.

Monday, 15 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Monday, 15 March 2021

Night closes around us and we gather the remains of the day and pray, reflect and hallow all that has been; that done we bring all before you and head for our beds in readiness for a new day of challenge and blessing tomorrow.

Sunday, 14 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Sunday, 14 March 2021

The weekend ends and as we head for bed in readiness of the new week we pray for all people, places and situations asking that we might be the means by which love, peace and justice are made real in our world and healing in those who struggle this night.

Saturday, 13 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Saturday, 13 March 2021

On the eve of our rejoicing (Laetare) Sunday that is 'mothering Sunday' we celebrate Mother Church and those who gave us life and pray for those who tomorrow will rejoice and those who will mourn.

Friday, 12 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) Friday, 12 March 2021

Lord God, make of all, gather up this world and its pain and its trials and bring you healing, wholeness and peace into the heart, minds and lives of all this night we pray.

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Thursday, 11 March 2021

Picking over the fragments of the day we pray for all who feel unsafe and threatened and for those who have lost loved ones to violence and pray that the light and love of God, and a discipline that protects others will be known in our world.

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Lord this night comfort all who mourn, protect all who serve and overcome wickedness and sin by the light of your presence we pray. Grant us sleep this night that we might serve tomorrow.

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Echoing Horatio Spafford's words, as we reflect on the day's chaos, blessings and failures; turning to the Cross we echo the sentiments, "Whatever our lot, God has taught us to say, 'it is well with our soul'". Hallelujah.

Monday, 8 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Monday, 8 March 2021

Father of all, we bring the day before you with reflection, prayer and thanks for all it has contained. Entrusting all into Your care we head for our bed in the knowledge that Christ died for us, so that, whether we wake or sleep, we may live with Him.

Sunday, 7 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Sunday, 7 March 2021

The day comes to its end and we gather the remnant of it before us and reflect, repent and pray over them.
That done, we commend those departed this life to the Lord and head for our beds and sleep.

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Saturday, 6 march 2021

For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.

Friday, 5 March 2021

Compline (night prayer ) Friday, 5 March 2021

Lord as we lay the day before You, may we reside in the shadow of Yours wings and find shelter and rest - and tomorrow may we rise to share your blessing and light with all. Amen.

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Thursday, 4 March 2021

At the end of a day which ends with so much tense and woeful news, we pass it all to the Lord and, praying for grace and gratitude, head for our beds ready for a day of opportunity and blessing (given and received).

Thursday Morning Prayer - 4 March 2021

The readings are:

Jeremiah 17.5–10
Luke 16.19–end

Evening Prayer - Thursday, 4 March, 2021

The readings for this service are:

Psalms 71 Genesis 45.1–15 Hebrews 3.1–6

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Father God, as we take all this day has been and lay them at the foot of the cross grant us Your light and life and bring us to a new day of opportunity, blessing and challenge we pray.

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Tuesday, 2 March 2021

The day has passed and the night is before us.

Lord we give you all that this day has been and entrusting us and all Your creation into Your hands we head for our beds.

Monday, 1 March 2021

Compline (night prayer) - Monday, 1 March 2021

A new month with the same challenges of the last it seems. As we scrabble through the remnants of the day we take the pieces and reflecting over them lay them at the foot of the cross.

Lord, grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.