God of hope and resurrection,
you know us better than we know ourselves,
and draw us to peace and wholeness in your love.
We remember before you
those who are unable to remember their own lives.
Guard and treasure their lost memories for them,
and hold their past in your safe hands,
that when the death of the body comes,
you may bring them to the full life of the resurrection,
restore and heal the memories of their lives,
and give them back to themselves,
that we with them may rejoice in your love,
and find the fullness of life in your presence,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Thank you to Doug Chaplin, Worcester Diocese for permission to publish this prayer.
The Credit Union Movement has always stressed the all humanity are brothers and sisters and puts this ideal into practice in the economic field. No words have expressed this idea more beautifully or more meaningfully than the Prayer of St. Francis which has since been widely recognised as the official prayer of the Credit Union Movement.
Make me an instrument of thy peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving, that we receive
It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned
And it is in dying, that we are born to eternal life.
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Seven Sacred Spaces
Llandaff Diocese has produced a workbook on the Seven Sacred Spaces which relates each space to personal, congregational and community contexts. Download it from here, the workbook link is at the top left of the page.
She also notes that Bradford is taking a motion to Diocesan Synod about the ‘bedroom tax’ in the hope that it may reach General Synod.
1) The Hope for the future campaign – if we all pull behind this it could be really effective at making sure the environment is addressed in party manifestos building to the next election. It is non party specific so has wide appeal and could be used in schools and with other secular partners. I enclose the leaflet and here is the link to the website http://www.hftf.org.uk/at-my-church/
The Bishop of Sheffield launched the campaign for his Diocese on Saturday,
Full speech here – very good – not too long http://bishopofsheffield.blogspot.co.uk
2) Also can I raise the ‘End Hunger Fast Campaign’ – with its call to fast on the 4th of April – http://endhungerfast.co.uk
For information, Bradford diocese is taking a motion to Diocesan Synod with a hope to it going on to General synod about the Bedroom Tax. I suspect/hope there will be other similar motions/calls for action about welfare reform and the punitive process by which it is being delivered. I do think we could find something interesting to say about the ‘rich’ – that is any of us who ‘have’. Supporting those in need – or respecting human rights – all require those who have more than enough to rethink.
From Dr Charles Reed, Mission and Public Affairs
Foreign Policy Advisor It would be good if you could let the SRO, DCO and WDA networks know about a global campaign on Syria that the Mission and Pubic Affairs Division is working with Crisis Action to help build, and to invite you to be part of it and help make it as powerful as possible in the UK.