Hymn and Prayers for Candlemas
"Joy to the World"
Reading & Collect
This week's readings can be found here Luke 2.22-40
Our weekly reflection will be part of our Online Service on our Facebook Page on Sunday
George Herbert (1593-1633)
Love bade me
welcome: yet my soul drew back,
Guiltie of dust and sinne.
But quick-ey'd Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
If I lack'd anything.
A guest, I answer'd, worthy to be here:
Love said, You shall be he.
I, the unkinde, ungratefull? Ah my deare,
I cannot look on thee.
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
Who made the eyes but I?
Truth Lord, but I have marr'd them: let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.
And know you not, sayes Love, who bore the blame?
My deare, then I will serve.
You must sit down, sayes Love, and taste my meat:
So I did sit and eat.
To Pray for
People suffering poverty all over the world
Russia and Ukraine, may they keep the peace and refrain from war
Families being reunited with their loved ones in care homes now that restrictions are easing