A collection of helpful resources - please feel free to email me with items to add!
A wonderful article by Kate Crane in the Anglican Journal titled "How to build a prayer corner and bring the saints home" can be found here: https://www.anglicanjournal.com/how-to-build-prayer-corner-and-bring-the-communion-of-saints-home/. Kate gives some easy hints for creating an attractive prayer nook in a lounge room or spare bedroom (or my messy study). And a photo of her own lounge room prayer nook complete with cacti.
Spirituality@Home is a collection of resources on the parish web page for worship and spirituality at home. The first item (posted 2 April) is "A Kitchen Agape" - an order of service for an agape meal for a household around the kitchen table.
REFLECTION (provided by The Venerable Kathy Barrett-Lennard)
What are you doing to create the world you want to live in?
I suggest you use this time of social isolation to go internal.
We rush around spending most of our energy and brainpower on relatively minor daily struggles.
When was the last time you thought about how to live?
About what lights you up?
About how you can contribute your ideas to our society and create a place you'd want your children to inhabit?
Or what you want to achieve before you die?
And when you will do it? Or how?
Be slow. Think. Seize the opportunity to audit your life. Maybe it's painful.
Maybe it's a pandora's box.
But what if you never open it. What then? Where will you be when all is said and done? Will things ever change? or will days fade into weeks fade into a lifetime of shoulds.
They say great artists are born in the darkest countries like Iceland where the light can't distract and boredom breeds creativity.
When was the last time you were bored?
Coincidentally, when was the last time you had a great idea?
Was it staring into your morning emails or punching away on excel?
Or was it in the shower?
Or on a long solo drive when the stereo was broken?
Lean in to this.
Learn from this.
Slow down and listen to your heart's call.
OTHER PRAYERS AND READINGS
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord will renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
A prayer about the Coronavirus outbreak Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.
For those in isolation God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord.
For those who are worried/social cohesion Loving Jesus, you are compassionate to those in need and heal the sick in body and mind.
Look kindly on those who are fearful at this time. Help us all to put away all thoughts and actions that separate us from you and from one another. Give us grace to live our lives confident in your promise that you are with us always.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour, and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you. In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful, to care for the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love, for your name’s sake.
For those who are ill
we entrust to your unfailing and tender care,
those who are ill or in pain, knowing that whenever danger threatens your everlasting arms are there to hold us safe. Comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For hospital staff and medical researchers Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who are caring for the sick, and your wisdom to those searching for a cure. Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
From one who is ill or isolated O God, help me to trust you, help me to know that you are with me, help me to believe that nothing can separate me from your love revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayer for when you can't get to church
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples, ‘I am with you always’. Be with me today, as I offer myself to you. Hear my prayers for others and for myself, and keep me in your care.
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
From St Patrick’s Breastplate
Lord Jesus Christ, son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
The ‘Jesus Prayer’
After a time of prayer:
Be with us, Lord, in all our prayers,
and direct our way toward the attainment of salvation, that among the changes and chances of this mortal life, we may always be defended by your gracious help, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
O gracious and holy God, give us wisdom to perceive you, diligence to seek you, patience to wait for you, eyes to behold you, a heart to meditate upon you, and a life to proclaim you, through the power of the spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me, body of Christ, save me, blood of Christ, inebriate me, water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me:
hide me within your wounds and never let me be separated from you. From the wicked enemy defend me, in the hour of my death, call me and bid me come to you,
so that with your saints I may praise you for ever and ever.
Short passages of Scripture for reading and contemplation • Psalm 27 The Lord is my light and my salvation • Psalm 46 Be still, and know that I am God.
- Psalm 91 He shall cover you with his wings
- Psalm 139 O Lord, you have searched me out and known me
- Isaiah 43 (esp vv.1-7) Do not fear, for I am with you
- John 14 Do not let your hearts be troubled
A prayer for when a friend is ill
Dear God, (name of friend) is ill.
They are not allowed to go to school or come over to play.
I’m sad because I miss them.
They must be feeling miserable and lonely as well.
Please be close to them.
Please be with the people who are looking after them.
Please help them to get better and to know that you love them.
A prayer for the world
God of love and hope,
You made the world and care for all creation.
But the world feels strange right now.
The news is full of stories about Coronavirus.
Many people are anxious because of it.
Many people are anxious that they might get ill.
Many people are anxious about their family and friends.
Be with them in their worries and help them to find some peace. We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists who are working to discover the right medicines to give hope to those who are ill.
Thank you that even in these strange and worrying times, you are with us. Help us to look for the signs of your goodness and love towards us. Amen.
A prayer at bedtime
Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the World, we pray
That you, with steadfast love, would keep Your watch around us while we sleep.
Tonight we pray especially for (names family or friends who are affected by Coronavirus) and the people of (country or place which is affected by Coronavirus).
Give skill and wisdom to all who are caring for them.
A prayer remembering God is with us
Lord God, you are always with me.
You are with me in the day and in the night.
You are with me when I’m happy and when I’m sad.
You are with me when I’m healthy and when I am ill.
You are with me when I am peaceful and when I am anxious.
Today I am feeling (name how you are feeling) because (reasons you are feeling this way).
Help me to remember that you love me and are with me in everything today. Amen.
A prayer in doubt and tested faith From APBA p.691
Almighty God our heavenly Father, what you ask us to bear at times we find hard to understand. Sometimes we feel angry and confused, when your care and purpose seem distant, and we fear that in our faith we have been deceived. Yet we believe that you are still our heavenly Father, and we long to know that your love has not lost control. Strengthen our faith and assure us of your gracious compassion; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
From A Prayer Book for Australia p. 681 Let us pray.
Lord Jesus, receive the prayers we offer.
You bore our weaknesses and carried our sorrows. Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.
You felt compassion for the people, and went among them doing good.
Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.
You commanded your apostles to heal the sick in your name. Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy on us now, and help us in our time of need.
This poem shared by my Franciscan family ....
When This is Over
by Laura Kelly Fanucci
When this is over,
may we never again
take for granted
A handshake with a stranger
Full shelves at the store
Conversations with neighbors
A crowded theater
Friday night out
The taste of communion
A routine checkup
The school rush each morning
Coffee with a friend
The stadium roaring
Each deep breath
A boring Tuesday
When this ends
may we find
that we have become
more like the people
we wanted to be
we were called to be
we hoped to be
and may we stay
that way — better
for each other
because of the worst.