|God calls us to regular rhythms of work, rest and reflection– weekly Sabbaths and regular holy-days (holidays). We seek to obey God’s command to rest in order to be refreshed,
to be still and to deepen our relationship
with him and one another.
INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD
Trust in God at all times, people. Pour out your hearts to the Holy One.
Sing: Wait for the Lord whose day is near. Wait for the Lord, keep watch, take heart. (Taize)
Right now Jesus, friend, we’re coming to You.
“My presence will go with you and I will give you rest”, was the promise God spoke to Moses as Moses explained he couldn’t go on unless he knew they were not alone. Presence… and rest.
Here you are, my people. I am present. I give you rest.
THANKSGIVING AND LAMENT
Dear God, we struggle, we grow weary, we grow tired. We are exhausted, we are distressed, we despair. We give up, we fall down, we let go. We cry. We are empty, we grow calm, we are ready. We wait quietly.
A small shy truth arrives. Arrives from without and within. Arrives and is born. Simple, steady, clear. Like a mirror, like a bell, like a flame. Like rain in summer. A precious truth arrives and is born within us. Within our emptiness.
We accept it, we observe it, we absorb it. We surrender to our bare truth. We are nourished, we are changed. We are blessed. We rise up.
THE LIVING WORD
Ps. 127 or Exod. 20:8-11 or Luke 10:38-42
Matt. 11:28-30 Mark 4:26-29 Eph. 2:1-10
Silence for reflecting on the readings
: meditation ~ either lectio divina or gospel contemplation of Luke passage
FOR EACH OTHER
Let’s hold in the light and enfolding of God, our own distracted and busy selves, and especially today….
Silence or open prayer
Maker of all, you laboured over creation
And afterwards you rested.
It was enough, and it was good.
And we are creatures formed in your likeness,
Made more for intimacy than efficiency.
You know our limits, and you watch us tenderly
Like a parent, even as we sleep.
In all our busyness today
Let there be moments of stillness, of quiet awareness.
Show us when we have done enough.
Where we have become too serious
Help us hear your invitation to play.
And when the day is over may we sleep soundly
In the peace of your embrace.
In the toil for survival
And the struggle for justice
On earth as in heaven
Your Kingdom come!
 from Leunig, M., A Common Prayer