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THY KINGDOM COME RESOURCES

A short service of prayers and readings for TKC 2022

Booklet of prayers for Thy Kingdom Come 2022

Lectio Divina for Thy Kingdom Come 2022

 

 

PRAYERS AND MEDITATIONS ON BLOSSOMING MAYTIME

Maytime is the fairest season

with its loud birdsong and the green trees,

when the plough is in the furrow

and the oxen under the yoke,

when the sea is green

and the land many colours.

 

Over the hill and in the valley,

on the island of the sea,

whatever path you take

you shall not hide from the blessed Christ.

 

The gift I ask, may it not be denied me,

Is peace between myself and God

May I find my way to the gate of glory

May I not be sad, O Christ, in your court.

Early Middle Welsh 

 

Open my eyes and ears, O Lord my God,

that I may see and hear more clearly

the loveliness that that thou hast put into the world,

and give me the grace I pray thee,

to show, in my turn,

some of thy gifts

in my life, to thy glory.

(A pray of Malcolm Playfoot)

 

O King of the Tree of Life,

the blossoms on the branches are your people,

the singing birds are your angels,

the whispering breeze is your Spirit.

 

O King of the Tree of Life,

may the blossoms bring forth the sweetest fruit,

may the birds sing out the highest praise,

may your Spirit cover all with his gentle breath.

 

The blessing of God and the Lord be yours,

The blessing of the perfect Spirit be yours,

The blessing of the Three be pouring for you

Mildly and generously,

Mildly and generously.

Carmina Gadelica

 

It was the immortal one on the cross

Who made salmon and birds.

It is he who makes the flower of the sloe grow

Through the surface of the blackthorn

and the nut flowers on other trees.

Beside this, what miracle is greater?

15th century Irish, translated by K H Jackson

 

When I do see the May in bloom, I ain’t afeared to ask the Almighty for eternal life.

An old Wiltshire countryman

 

My wild field catalogue of flowers

Grows in my rhymes as thick as showers,

Tedious and long as they may be

To some, they never weary me.

John Clare, in ‘The Shepherd’s Calendar’

 

I offer thee

Every flower that ever grew

Every bird that ever flew

every wind that ever blew

Good God!

(From an ancient Irish prayer, In the Open Gate, by David Adam)

 

Sing a song of Maytime

Sing a song of spring.

Flowers are in their beauty

Birds are on the wing.

Maytime, playtime

God has given us Maytime

Praise him for his gifts of love

Sing a song of Spring.

Enid Porter

 

Awena Carter

 

References:

Malcolm L Playfoot, A St Francis Prayer Book. 1941, London: SPCK

David Adam, The Open Gate. 1994 and 2006, London: SPCK

Christian Copyright Licence 849167 and Music Reproduction Licence M267952, Lancaster Priory

 

 

 

WHAT IS PRAYER?

Prayer is an essential part of Christian living, and when we turn our attention to God we find him already waiting and welcoming us, always. There is no right or wrong way to pray, and we can pray communally and privately, aloud or in silence, with traditional words or spontaneously, or indeed without any words. God knows better than ourselves what we need and wants to guide us to the life he intended for us, in which we can find the fullness of joy and peace. Prayer does not require any particular preparation, but it may be helpful for example to take a couple of deep breaths and sit in a comfortable position in order to still our mind and focus on God’s presence. Prayer is a two-way conversation, and we can aim to listen to the movements of God in our life.

The Spirit helps us in our weakness;

for we do not know how to pray as we ought,

but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.

And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit,

because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

(Romans 8:26-27)

AT LANCASTER PRIORY

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PRAYER RESOURCES

The Church of England website has information for beginners as well as other resources through the Prayer and Worship menu, including links to apps and prayers for different life situations: https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/learning-pray

An article written by our Bishop Julian and leaflets about different traditions from The Diocese of Blackburn : https://www.blackburn.anglican.org/prayer-resources 

Blackburn Diocese posts weekly videos with messages from senior clergy, which are excellent and worth watching, as well as worship services on their YouTube channel.

Pray As You Go short daily podcasts: https://pray-as-you-go.org/ available also as an app. Explore the website menu for retreat series, Lectio Divina, the Examen prayer at the end of the day and reflections for significant times in life.

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, and here are countless videos dealing with different aspects of prayer: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/videos

For those who are grieving:

https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/funerals/after-funeral/journey-through-grief

https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/funerals/prayers

https://www.faithandworship.com/prayers_mourning.htm