Silent Sunday:
New Every Morning
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This Silent Sunday resource is an invitation to move prayerfully into the new year, making room in our hearts for the new, whatever shape it may take. May you find renewal and refreshment as you return to being held in the tender mercies of God, which are new not only in the new year, but every morning, and in each new moment. 

Opening music:

The steadfast loveFr James Angaegbu
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The following is a guided prayer for returning to the quiet inner depths of our true selves, held in God:

Held in GodGuided Prayer
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Music:

2002 (Pamela and Randy Copus) - Oceans of Life
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Read the following passages through twice or three times, and listen for any word or phrase that seems to be inviting you to linger with it. You could play the music in the track above to accompany your reading and reflection.

Reading 1: Extracts from Revelation 21, 22

Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and God will dwell with them. 

They will be God’s people, and God will be with them and be their God.

“Behold, I am making everything new! 

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. 

To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life." ...

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!”

 Let the one who is thirsty come;

and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

 

Reading 2: Isaiah 55:1-3

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;
and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
   without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
   and your labour on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
   and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live.

After spending some time with the readings, listen to the following song as a prayer:

In This MomentBrie Stoner
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Lyrics:

 

In this moment I welcome Thee

Ever giving Thyself to me

THE YEAR AS A HOUSE

A Blessing, by Jan Richardson

 

Think of the year

as a house:

door flung wide

in welcome,

threshold swept

and waiting,

a graced spaciousness

opening and offering itself

to you.

 

Let it be blessed

in every room.

Let it be hallowed

in every corner.

Let every nook

be a refuge

and every object

set to holy use.

 

Let it be here

that safety will rest.

Let it be here

that health will make its home.

Let it be here

that peace will show its face.

Let it be here

that love will find its way.

 

Here

let the weary come;

let the aching come;

let the lost come;

let the sorrowing come.

 

Here

let them find their rest,

and let them find their soothing,

and let them find their place,

and let them find their delight.

 

And may it be

in this house of a year

that the seasons will spin in beauty;

and may it be

in these turning days

that time will spiral with joy.

And may it be

that its rooms will fill

with ordinary grace

and light spill from every window

to welcome the stranger home.

Ending prayer: 

O Spirit of God,

set at rest the crowded, hurrying

anxious thoughts within our minds and our hearts.

Let the peace and quiet of your presence take possession of us....

Cleanse and sweeten the springs of our being,

that freedom, life and love may flow into both our conscious and hidden life.

Lord, we are open and waiting for your peace,

your healing and your word in 2022.

Amen

(From a prayer by George Appleton, with thanks to Maggie Tshule for offering this for 2022).

Ending music: A Prayer

PrayerOmkara
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