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.



St Ign slippers



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

Be still



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)





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.





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




Let’s hold in the light and nurturing of God the children of our world, and especially today…


Silence or open prayer





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