Setting the Scene:

Before we begin you might want to sit in a more comfortable position and close your eyes in order to calm yourself from all the stuff that distracts you.  Concentrate for a moment on your breathing – let the in-breaths and the out-breaths be longer and slower.

Let us come before God.

A prayer [by Ted Loder, adapted]

Eternal One,

the Silence

   from whom our words come;

the Questioner

   from whom our questions arise;

the Lover

   of whom all our loves are hints;

the Disturber

   in whom alone we find our rest;

the Mystery

   in whose depths we find healing and ourselves;

enfold us now in your presence;

restore us to your peace;

renew us through your power;

and ground us in your grace.  Amen.

Ride on, ride on in majesty

Ride on, ride on in majesty

as all the crowds ‘Hosanna!’ cry:

through waving branches slowly ride,

O Saviour, to be crucified.

Ride on, ride on in majesty,

in lowly pomp ride on to die:

O Christ, your triumph now begin

with captured death, and conquered sin!

Ride on, ride on in majesty

the angel armies of the sky

look down with sad and wondering eyes

to see the approaching sacrifice.

Ride on, ride on in majesty,

the last and fiercest foe defy:

the Father on his sapphire throne

awaits his own anointed Son.

Ride on, ride on in majesty,

in lowly pomp ride on to die:

bow your meek head to mortal pain,

then take, O God, your power and reign!               Henry H Milman

Reflective space

On Wednesday we cast our eyes forward and see the land we traverse at Easter – Last Supper, the denial and the betrayal, the arrest and trial of Jesus, the dreadful crucifixion, the cry “It is finished!”, the burial, the waiting, and the dawning on the third day and the event so profound that it is as if it spins the earth on a different axis – resurrection.

We see what is ahead.

Can we see what is beyond?

If we look far enough ahead, we might see ourselves in our rooms. 

We might see ourselves looking back to this place ahead of the Easter story, in order to find our way forwards.

This story has rippled all the way to where we are, and beyond.

How has it shaped you already?

How might it shape how you will yet be?

A prayer: [by Susan Durber]

O God

who in Jesus Christ,

came to save us

and to heal our deepest wounds,

come close to me now,

to the places where I hurt and sorrow,

and lift me up by your love. 

Keep me safe in the house of your protection,

that I may grow strong,

soothed and tended by your presence. 

Then let me walk the path of life

that I may journey freely,

not passing by those in need,

but showing compassion

to all who come near.  Amen.

The Blessing:

Shalom my friend, God’s peace my friend,

Go with you now, and stay with you in all you do, shalom, shalom.