Hymn and Prayers for Sunday next before Lent, 19th February
"O Wondrous Sight, O Vision Fair"
Reading & Collect
This week's readings can be found here for this Sunday, Sunday next before Lent, Matthew 17.1-9.
Our weekly reflection will be part of our Online Service on our Facebook Page on Sunday
A Special Prayer for the Crisis in Ukraine
Naomi Shihab Nye
The river is famous to the fish.
The loud voice is famous to silence,
which knew it would inherit the earth
before anybody said so.
The cat sleeping on the fence is famous to the birds
watching him from the birdhouse.
The tear is famous, briefly, to the cheek.
The idea you carry close to your bosom
is famous to your bosom.
The boot is famous to the earth,
more famous than the dress shoe,
which is famous only to floors.
The bent photograph is famous to the one who carries it
and not at all famous to the one who is pictured.
I want to be famous to shuffling men
who smile while crossing streets,
sticky children in grocery lines,
famous as the one who smiled back.
I want to be famous in the way a pulley is famous,
or a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular,
but because it never forgot what it could do.
To Pray for
Peace among all nations - and an end to the ongoing war between the Ukraine and Russia.
To everyone in Syria and Turkey following the devastating earthquake (please click this link Emergency Collection for Syria and Turkey (carlfordchurches.org) for details of an emergency collection). The many people affected by the floods in New Zealand.
All those being kept against their will.
Kindness to each other