We commit ourselves to inward and outward simplicity,
setting aside our ‘right’ to affluence
while there are still those who live in abject poverty.
We desire to be a relevant and prophetic voice
in a world preoccupied with self.
INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD
Trust in God at all times, people. Pour out your hearts to the Holy One.
For God alone my soul waits in silence.
Be still and know that I am God
Be still and know that I am
Be still and know
In silence consider: How is it just ‘being’ right now? Light? Heavy?
Am I at peace? Happy to be here?
Frustrated? Worried? Angry? Sad? Lifeless?
Accepting how I am, it’s the real me God loves.
Sing Bless the Lord, my soul, and bless God’s holy name
Bless the Lord, my soul, who leads me into life. (Taize)
THANKSGIVING AND LAMENT
Jesus, you always welcomed little children when you walked on this earth. We want their purity of heart so we can see you; their singleness of mind so we don’t complicate things.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
We thank you for the many simple things that have blessed us recently.
Name some of these now.
After each one Thanks be to God
We lament the many things we have made complicated and have allowed to attach themselves to us.
Name some of these now
After each one Christ, have mercy.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
THE LIVING WORD
Psalm 62 or Deut. 8: 6-18 or Luke 18: 15-17
Matt. 6: 25-34 Mark 6: 7-13 Phil. 4: 10-13
Silence for reflecting on the readings
: a simple dance
: contemplation of simple items in centrepiece
: enjoy a simple tune well-played
FOR EACH OTHER
Let’s hold in the light and nurturing of God the children of our world, and especially today…
Silence or open prayer
THIS WAY, THIS DAY
Jesus, you came to us in humility,
Vulnerable and empty-handed.
You made your whole life an offering,
Renouncing power and privilege.
You were at home among those overlooked by others,
Prizing faith above status or learning.
You always spoke the truth.
Spirit of Jesus send us out today
To live in the world with open hands
And a passion for your Kingdom.
Come, heal our divided hearts,
Making room for love and joy,
For stillness to hear your voice
And freedom to respond.
In a world of confusion and anxiety,
Poverty and excess,
On earth as in Heaven
Your Kingdom come! Amen