Sunday, 19 March 2017

I am the light

Lent 4: John 9:1–41



I am the light of the world,
he said, the sight of the blind,
the fight of the weak, the height
of the small, the plight of the poor,
the blight of the rich and powerful,
spreading shadows and dust on
the earth: I, earth, am your light,
open your eyes and see.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

beside Jacob’s well

Lent 3: John 4:5–42



By the well of Jacob,
Jesus met a woman;
by the well of Jacob,
on foreign, enemy land.

By the well of Jacob,
Jesus asked the woman:
from the well of Jacob
to draw him, please, a drink.

By the well of Jacob
the woman asked him, Why,
by the well of Jacob
he came, he stopped, he spoke?

By the well of Jacob
Jesus told her of water
that neither the well of Jacob,
nor any other well could supply.

By the well of Jacob,
her thirst fast awakened
by the well of Jesus,
holy mystery of life.

To the well of Jacob
she summoned her neighbours – friends;
where, at the well of Jacob,
once she had been alone.

By the well of Jacob,
Jesus’ friends now returned;
by the well of Jacob, you’re
doing what? They were bemused.

By the well of Jacob,
they offered him food to eat;
at the well of Life I eat,
by living the Way of Love.

By the well of Jacob,
Jesus met a woman;
by the well of Jacob,
on foreign, enemy land.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Psalm 121

Lent 2




I lift my eyes
from world to sky,
from where will I find help?

My help will come
from Holy One,
maker of earth and sky.

Beneath your feet
the ground may tremble,
but you will never fall;

Holy One slumbers not,
is watchful ever
over the people of God.

Holy One will keep you,
Holy One will save you,
from trouble and from harm.

Fear not the sun’s hot flame,
nor moon’s shards of silver;
Holy One will be your shield.

Holy One will keep you,
Holy One will hold you;
your life is precious to God.

Holy One will keep you,
Holy One will seek you,
going and coming and ever more.

Lift your eyes
towards the light,
however thick the dark;

help will come
from Holy One,
maker of day and night.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Participants in tyranny. A confession

Lent 1: Matthew 4:1–11



If you are the Son of God,
take away my crying


If you are the Son of God,
take away her dying


If you are the Son of God,
take him away in his lying


If you are the Son of God,
show us you are even trying?!



Jesus is the Son of God,
and he takes away our turning,
and the consequences of burning
our bridges back to God.


Jesus is the Son of God
and he gives us back our living,
restores the bridges so we can turn
back to the Way of God



Son of God
you take away
all our tyranny;
have mercy on us,
and grant us peace.

Amen



* 'participants in tyranny' is how I translate ‘sinners’ in my performance of Romans for my PhD.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

transfiguration

Matthew 17:1–9





like a firework bright,
igniting moment, memory –
puff of smoke : magic?

Sunday, 12 February 2017

fulfilling the law : love

Matthew 5:38–48



when the world slaps us in the face,
in God we turn to face another day

when the world pulls the coat from our back,
in God we offer the whole rack

when the world makes us walk too far,
in God we walk further than they ask

when the world begs for all that we can offer,
in God we give more than we thought we had

when the world has lost its Way,
in God we will remember, and we will stay

when the world shows us its fear,
in God we will show God’s love

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Approaching the altar

Matthew 5:21–37



we approach the altar,
this sacred space of gathered worship,
bring our gifts of sacrifice,
our time, our money, our talent.

we approach the altar,
thinking it a sacrifice, a burden
or a duty, and seek to be
reminded of the gift it is to gather here.


we approach the altar,
this sacred time of prayer,
of hearing once again the gift
of grace you freely offer.

we approach the altar,
without taking time to bury
our anger and our hurt,
without forgiving or saying sorry.


we approach the altar,
children of the Sacred,
welcomed each, precious all,
sisters and brothers in your love.

we approach the altar
having looked with lust or with disgust,
or looking past with wilful blindness,
not looking with your eyes of love.


we approach the altar
seeking healing for our wounds
inflicted by a world overgrown
with thorns to bind and tangle.

we approach the altar
grasping firmly the keys that would
unbind our former lovers
and the strangers our world rejects.


we approach the altar
with words of praise
and stories rich and for
the living full and free.

we approach the altar
with tongues that swear
false and shallow promises,
throats that cut and maim.


we approach the altar
full of promise, full of hope;
we approach as broken people
falling far from all your dreams.

take our approach and bid us
welcome; let us reproach endure
for hopeful cure of ills we lay
down and grace we receive with joy.


affirmation:
Approach the altar,
faltering or courageous,
broken or in wellbeing:
for God receives us all,
meets us all with love,
and forgives: so be at peace.

Amen