Reflections on Morning Prayer – Week 20

What can be said about the New Testament in a short reflection? Firstly, we can ask the question, why were the books written? John sums up the reason for writing his gospel and his first letter, thus: … these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20. 30,31 I write these things to you who believe in the name of… [Continue Reading]

Reflections on Morning Prayer – Week 19

How can we consider the contents of the whole of the Old Testament within a short reflection? There’s clearly no space for a book-by-book commentary, but here are some headings relating to the themes contained in it, which prepare the way for God’s full revelation of his plan of redemptive love through Jesus Christ, as recorded in the New Testament. The account in the first chapter of Genesis of God’s perfect creation God saw all that he had made, and… [Continue Reading]

Reflections on Morning Prayer – Week 18

If we have followed the liturgy, we will have now prepared ourselves really well to receive what God has to say to us through reading the Bible. The Anglican Church sets great store in encouraging everyone to read scripture regularly in their own language. However, the words themselves are only the means of communication – they only truly become God’s Word to us as they are in-breathed and applied to our hearts and minds through the work of the Holy… [Continue Reading]

Reflections on Morning Prayer – Week 17

It is time for us to respond to the glimpses we saw last week of God’s glory: Worship the Lord.All praise to his name. Worship is often used as a generic term for the hour or so we spend together on Sunday morning. The format and content of the service may be familiar and predictable, and we may have half a mind set on our Sunday lunch arrangements… However, I’m sure we would all agree that worship should not be… [Continue Reading]

Reflections on Morning Prayer – Week 16

We move on today to reflect on the refrain that is used at key stages in many of our worship services: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen. Glory is a word we use colloquially when someone has accomplished a notable success in their life, often of a sporting nature – but it has to be enjoyed at the time, as… [Continue Reading]

Reflections on Morning Prayer – Week 15

Are there any fans of Liverpool football club out there? As victory in the Premiership became a reality, how did their supporters celebrate? Apart from the usual excesses of alcohol and laddish behaviour, it was their singing that came immediately to our attention. Singing is one of the first things we love to do when there is something to celebrate – wishing a Happy Birthday would not be the same without the music to accompany it! Our liturgy takes us… [Continue Reading]

Reflections on Morning Prayer – Week 14

Last week we were reminded of the continued failings of humankind, and the need for a once and for all sacrifice by Jesus on the cross. The next phrase makes clear that this action, some 2,000 years ago, is something each one of us can rely upon: May God our Father…pardon and deliver us from all our sins,and grant us the grace and power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. These words are sometimes spoken by a priest in the form… [Continue Reading]

Reflections on Morning Prayer – Week 13

This week, we come to the heart of our faith, the confidence we can have in our salvation. Included in the liturgy, is a statement of reconciliation which God brought about by the incarnation of Jesus: May God our Father,who by our Lord Jesus Christhas reconciled the world to himselfand forgives the sins of all who truly repent But what do we mean by reconciliation, and how has it been achieved? The dictionary says that reconciliation is about the “restoration… [Continue Reading]

Reflections on Morning Prayer – Week 12

There’s a chill in the air as we come to what may for some be the most challenging section of our Morning Prayers. We are truly sorry. In your mercy, forgive us. Help us to amend our lives; that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen. I was reading yesterday on an internet site that more people than ever have taken to book reading during the pandemic, and it… [Continue Reading]

Reflections on Morning Prayer – Week 11

After reading Jesus’ identification of the two most important commandments, if we are honest, we are immediately aware of the impossibility of living them out consistently every day. We may not always immediately recall the occasions when we have not put God first or preferred to please ourselves rather than serve other people, but what about those negative thoughts and attitudes we’ve had about folk… So…Let us confess our sins to the Father and seek his pardon and peace. Almighty… [Continue Reading]

Reflections on Morning Prayer – Week 10

The second part of Jesus’ response to a teacher of the law who had asked him which commandments were most important, was this: ‘The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’ Mark 12. 31 This was not new teaching. There are many references which relate to how the Jews should treat their neighbours, particularly in the books of Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy. In fact, in Leviticus 19.18 we find the identical… [Continue Reading]

Thy Kingdom Come

Sally is now taking a break from her daily reflections to join in with the Thy Kingdom Come initiative that we are being encouraged to join in as a Church. Download the Thy Kingdom Come prayer journal which covers the 10 days resources. The idea is that you download (or print) the PDF and then access one per day. They are marked Day 1, 2, etc.