Hymn and Prayers for the 10th Sunday after Trinity, 21st August
"Dear Lord and Father of Mankind"
Reading & Collect
This week's readings can be found here for this Sunday, the Tenth after Trinity are Luke 13.10-17
Our weekly reflection will be part of our Online Service on our Facebook Page on Sunday
A Special Prayer for the Crisis in Ukraine
Now I Become Myself
May Sarton (1912-1995)
Now I become myself. It’s taken Time, many years and places; I have been dissolved and shaken, Worn other people’s faces, Run madly, as if Time were there, Terribly old, crying a warning, “Hurry, you will be dead before—“ (What? Before you reach the morning? Or the end of the poem is clear? Or love safe in the walled city?) Now to stand still, to be here, Feel my own weight and density! The black shadow on the paper Is my hand; the shadow of a word As thought shapes the shaper Falls heavy on the page, is heard. All fuses now, falls into place From wish to action, word to silence, My work, my love, my time, my face Gathered into one intense Gesture of growing like a plant. As slowly as the ripening fruit Fertile, detached, and always spent, Falls but does not exhaust the root, So all the poem is, can give, Grows in me to become the song, Made so and rooted so by love. Now there is time and Time is young. O, in this single hour I love All of myself and do not move. I, the pursued, who madly ran, Stand still, stand still, and stop the sun!
To Pray for
Peace among all nations - and an end to the ongoing war between the Ukraine and Russia which continues
For all those affected by knife crimes, especially the family and friends of Mr O'Halloran
The students who are trying to secure their university places