Pray that we may walk together, one with another and share of ourselves and of our abundance. Acknowledge the many flavours that we are. And pray that we bring flavour into the lives of others

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Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
Mahatma Gandhi

Prayer is an act of love; words are not needed. Even if sickness distracts from thoughts, all that is needed is the will to love.
Saint Teresa of Avila

For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned towards heaven; it is a cry of recognition and love.
Saint Therese of Lisieux,

 

Finlandia and Prayer of Preparation mp3

Finlandia and Prayer of Preparation m4a

Elm Tree Dance Mostly performed after every Sunday Service barring rain

Peace prayer from Iona Abbey Worship Book 

O Christ, you are within each of us. 
It is not just the interior of these walls: 
It is our inner being you have renewed. 
We are your temple not made with hands. 
We are your body. 
If every wall should crumble, and every church decay, 
we are your habitation. 
Nearer are you than breathing, 
closer than hands and feet. 
Ours are the eyes with which you, in the mystery, 
look out with compassion on the world. 
Take us outside, O Christ, outside holiness, 
out to where soldiers curse and nations clash 
at the crossroads of the world. 
So shall our buildings continue to be justified. 

East Coker (excerpt from Four Quartets)

I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you
Which shall be the darkness of God. As, in a theatre,
The lights are extinguished, for the scene to be changed
With a hollow rumble of wings, with a movement of darkness on darkness,
And we know that the hills and the trees, the distant panorama
And the bold imposing facade are all being rolled away–
Or as, when an underground train, in the tube, stops too long between stations
And the conversation rises and slowly fades into silence
And you see behind every face the mental emptiness deepen
Leaving only the growing terror of nothing to think about;
Or when, under ether, the mind is conscious but conscious of nothing–
I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love,
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
T S Eliot (1888 – 1965)

 

A Thanksgiving for Wilderness

Creator God, we thank you that you show your face to us in wilderness and desert places. We praise you for the deep places of the sea, and for coastlines smashed by surf and caressed by gentle waves. We praise you for the sun-baked, wind-swept lands, and for rocks and mountains older than human memory. We praise you for the rivers that sculpt the plains, and for salt lakes that wait for the blessing of times of flooding. We praise you for the fragile life that flourishes in places too hot, too cold, or too dry for human comfort, and for forests rising through tropical rain and cool southern mist.

We thank you for showing your glory in creation to the first people of Australia, and for their long and careful custody of the land. We thank you for new ways of protecting the land so that future generations may also rejoice in your handiwork.

Give us grace to recognise your wonders in the dust at our feet and the haze on the horizon, and in all the creatures you have made, in their astonishing diversity. And give us voices to praise you in awe and gratitude, both now and for evermore. Amen

[This prayer was drafted by the Anglican General Synod Liturgy Commission in 2006. It is freely available for anyone to use. Please note that it complements the prayer resources already available in A Prayer Book for Australia (1995).]

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Pray
for the opportunity we have in making ready for Christmas and give thanks for every opportunity we have to share out gifts with others. Give thanks for the star(s) that leads and guides us. Give thanks for the gift and the giving of "joy". Give thanks for all who bring goodwill to others and give thanks for all that has been given to us, in trust for future generations. Give thanks for all who share their blessings and their burdens with others. Pray that we may know the voice of a new creation in our lives. Give thanks for all who gather in Churches, Temples, Mosques, Synagogues and places of Prayer. Give thanks for this community and our part in shaping a divine future. Pray for those whose hands we hold and for those in whose hands we are held. Pray for those who dwell in shadows, make us wise and faithful friends who carry a lamp to them. Give thanks that we have freedom to live and pray that we may bring freedom to others. Give thanks for those who create peace and who are not afraid. For refugees and asylum seekers and all who offer them hospitality.
Pray without ceasing – in everything Give Thanks

A Sesquicentenary Prayer

Lord of all generations
Bless our celebration of 150 years of ministry with the Diocese of Perth.
We give thanks for those whose dedication and vision enabled the foundation and development of this diocese.
Guide those of us now entrusted with this responsibility.
Encourage us and give us the commitment, enthusiasm and inspiration we need.
May we have breadth of vision and generosity that will enable us to provide a solid foundation of faith for future generations.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Prayer from Perth Anglican Diocese See left hand column

Prayer in the tradition of St Paul

Creator of Life, of light and all Love, we pray thee
to fill this house with thy Spirit.
Here may the strong renew their strength and seek
for their working lives a noble consecration.
Here may the poor find succour and the friendless
friendship.
Here may the tempted find power, the sorrowing
comfort and the bereaved find the truth that death
hath no dominion over their beloved.
Here let the fearing find a new courage and the
doubting have their faith and hope confirmed.
Here may the careless be awakened and all that are
oppressed be freed.
Hither may many be drawn by thy love and go
hence, their doubts resolved and faith renewed,
their sins forgiven and their hearts aflame with thy
love.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


From the Chapel porch, Pleshey Retreat House, with amended
divine address.