Welcome here. I hope you find something here to encourage you, sustain you, and, if you are weary, to give you rest.
In this Sunday’s Gospel Jesus comforts the anxious disciples and speak about life after death. On Tuesday of this week we celebrate the feast day of Julian of Norwich. You might want to come back to the website for the reflection on Tuesday.
Mother Julian was a Mystic Contemplative and the first English woman to write a book. Her work is now seen as seminal in contemplative communities. Thomas Merton said “Julian is without doubt one of the most wonderful Christian voices” and one of only two great English Theologians.
Fifth Sunday of Easter
10 May 2020
Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect; through Jesus Christ our risen Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Old Testament: 1 Kings 19: 9-13a
Psalm 27: 1-5
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 13: 8-end
Gospel: John 14: 1-14
Eternal God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life: grant us to walk in his way, to rejoice in his truth, and to share his risen life; who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
Prayers for God’s world, the Church and ourselves
Gracious God, through the resurrection of Jesus you bring new life and grace to us;
We pray for your world at this unsettling time; for people everywhere making adjustments to their lives; governments having to make difficult decisions ; health services across the world under great strain; so many people with employment interrupted or affected by school, college and university closures. We lay their needs before you.
Gracious God, as we recall 75 years since VE Day, we pray for the peace of the world, and give thanks for the country we live in; the freedoms we do enjoy; the communities we belong to; and the faith which sustains us. Strengthen your Church to witness to your sustaining power, and keep us faithful in worship – separately in our homes but together in love and prayer.
Gracious God, we remember before you all in great need in our world; for refugees and people driven from their homes by hunger, fear or violence ; for homeless people the world over; for all who live in poverty, without access to adequate health care, or hungry. As we lay their needs before you, keep us compassionate.
Gracious God, we remember all who suffer. We pray for those struggling with Covid-19, or with other illnesses and conditions which diminish the enjoyment of life. We pray for all in hospital and in our local care and nursing homes; for people separated from their families and those who suffer alone. We commend to your great love those who have lost someone they’ve loved, especially those unable to say ‘goodbye’. Enfold them in your merciful care.
Gracious God, keep alive in us the Easter hope, and to know with Mother Julian that ‘all shall be well’ in your great providence. We pray in the name of Jesus.