Morning Prayer Monday 7 September 2020

Grammatical Error
By Faiz Ahmad 

A sky
the sky
almost imperceptibly
until we turn
our heads around
face-to-face with
the unholy axe
that chopped our
seeing in two:
the-world and

Good morning and welcome to Morning Prayer

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept. 

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.


Breathe in

Breathe out

Be still…

Spirit of Truth
who reveals to us the things of God
we praise your name.

Spirit of Wisdom
who inspires the words we ought to speak
we praise your name.

Spirit of Power
who grants the courage we need to act
we praise your name.

Spirit of Love
who knows our nature and loves us still
we praise your name.



I pause for a moment and think of the love
and the grace that God showers on me:
I am created in the image and likeness of God;
I am God’s dwelling-place.


There are very few people
who realise what God would make of them
if they abandoned themselves into his hands,
and let themselves be formed by his grace. (Saint Ignatius)
I ask for the grace to trust myself totally to God’s love.


Help me Lord to be more conscious of your presence.
Teach me to recognise your presence in others.
Fill my heart with gratitude for the times Your love has
been shown to me through the care of others.


Luke 6:6-11 

On another sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught,
and there was a man there whose right hand was withered.
The scribes and the Pharisees watched him to see whether
he would cure on the sabbath, so that they might find
an accusation against him.
Even though he knew what they were thinking,
he said to the man who had the withered hand,
“Come and stand here.” He got up and stood there.
Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good
or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to destroy it?”
After looking around at all of them, he said to him,
“Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was restored.
But they were filled with fury and discussed with
one another what they might do to Jesus.


However, Jesus, many mystics, Indigenous cultures, and other wisdom traditions show an alternative path toward healing. In these traditions, sin and failure are an opportunity for the transformation of the person harmed, the person causing harm, and the community. Mere counting and ledger-keeping are not the way of the Gospel.

Our best self wants to restore relationships, and not just blame or punish. This is the “economy of grace” and an operative idea of restorative justice. After being wronged, few human beings can move ahead with dignity without a full and honest exposure of the truth, as well as accountability.

You cannot heal what you do not acknowledge. Hurt does not just go away on its own; it needs to be spoken and heard. Only then is there a possibility of “restorative justice,” which is what the prophets invariably promise to the people of Israel (as in Ezekiel 16:53-63; Isaiah 57:17‒19) and Jesus illustrates in the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11‒32) and throughout his healing ministry.

We all need to apologize, and we all need to forgive, for humanity to have a sustainable future. Otherwise, we are controlled by the past, individually and corporately. History easily devolves into taking sides, bitterness, holding grudges, and the violence that inevitably follows. No wonder that almost two-thirds of Jesus’ teaching is directly or indirectly about forgiveness. As others have said, “Forgiveness is to let go of our hope for a different past.”  Reality is what it is, and such acceptance leads to great freedom, and the possibility of healing forgiveness.

Fr Richard Rohr 


We pray for the world… 

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer. 

We pray for the universal church of Christ… 

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer. 

We pray for one another and all those known to us… 

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer. 

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.


May God the provider
of green pastures
and quiet waters
be the peace in our hearts today

May Jesus our guide
on mountain top
and valley deep
be the hope in our hearts today

May the Spirit of truth
and knowledge
comforter and friend
be the strength in our hearts today



May the beauty of God
be reflected in your eyes,
the love of God
be reflected in your hands,
the wisdom of God
be reflected in your words,
and the knowledge of God
flow from your heart,
that all might see,
and seeing,  believe


Thank you for join us. Have a wonderful day!

Revd Ernesto Lozada-Uzuriaga