Healing of the Nations at the bandstand

This morning we focussed on all that’s happening in Egypt at the moment.

We began with some silence as we looked out over the park and onto the hills reflecting on the following words:

Psalm 24:1

God claims Earth and everything in it

God claims world and all who live in it.

 

This world

Your creation

Rolled into a sphere

Packaged in sunshine

Gift-wrapped in love

Given to us

Thank you.

Steve spoke of the link in this website to Maggie Dawn’s site (see ‘Headspace’) where there is an amazing photo of Coptic Christians encircling Muslims at prayer in Taria Square, with details of how they had prepared the ground to make it more pleasant for their compatriots to pray, encouraging them to express their relationship with God. He spoke of how we might learn from our Coptic bothers and sisters in how we serve others and invite and nurture those who wish to journey in faith to God.

Encircling prayer

We then encircled those in Egypt, those in other countries in need and those known to us who need God’s blessing now, by forming our own ‘Western Wall’ and placing our prayers in cracks around the bandstand.

Our western Wall

We shared bread and wine and closed with words from the wellsprings website taken from Revelation 21-22 as we reminded ourselves of the promise of healing for the nations:

Reader Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth and I heard a voice from the throne saying:
   
ALL “See, the home of God is among mortals.

 He will dwell with them as their God;

they will be His peoples, and God himself will be with them;

he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more.

   
Reader And the one who was seated on the throne said:
ALL “SEE, I AM MAKING ALL THINGS NEW.”
   
Reader And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine in it
for the glory of God is its light and its lamp is the Lamb.
   
ALL THE NATIONS WILL WALK BY ITS LIGHT;
PEOPLE WILL BRING INTO IT THE GLORY
AND THE HONOUR OF THE NATIONS.
   
Reader And at its heart.
planted by the river that runs through paradise is the tree of life:
ALL AND THE TREE SHALL BEAR ITS FRUIT EACH MONTH
AND THE LEAVES OF THAT TREE
WILL BE FOR THE HEALING OF THE NATIONS.
   
Reader And may God bless us
ALL THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Reader And until we meet again
ALL MAY GOD HOLD US IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND.  AMEN

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