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:
God claims Earth and everything in it
God claims world and all who live in it.
Rolled into a sphere
Packaged in sunshine
Gift-wrapped in love
Given to us
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.
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.
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.
|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|