Prayer for the 24th of March

God of our going out and our coming in:
each step we take today
needs to make space for others.
Each errand we run,
each purchase we make,
has to make sense for the whole. 
We must consider how our lives
affect the lives around us.  
This is not new. 
It has always been thus.
But going forward, in this next step, 
may this truth finally come home. 
Amen. 

Corrymeela

Prayer During Isolation

A prayer by an American Franciscan Friar
confronting our situation.
:
Yes, there is isolation.
Yes, there is panic buying.
Yes, there is sickness.
Yes, there is even death.
But,
They say that in Wuhan, after so
many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with
fumes.
But blue and gray and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family
around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of
Ireland
is offering free meals and delivery
to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her
number
throughout the neighborhood
So that the elders may have
someone to call on.
Today people are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick,
the weary.
All over the world, people are
slowing down and reflecting.
All over the world people are looking
at their neighbors in a new way.
All over the world, people are waking
up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So, we pray, and we remember that
Yes, there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes, there is isolation.
But there does not have to be
loneliness.
Yes, there is panic buying.
But there dos not have to be
meanness.
Yes, there is sickness.
But there does not have to be
disease of the soul.
Yes, there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of
love.
Wake to the choices you make as to
how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen behind the factory noises of
your panic.
The birds are singing again.
The sky is clearing.
Spring is coming.
And we are always encompassed by
Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.
Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM
March 13, 2020

Worshipping together at a good distance

God of the home and God of the pilgrim,
we begin to dig in for an uncertain season,
and embark on a journey together.
This is a path we haven’t been on.
Yet we know in each step 
you are there alongside us:
a guide, a protector, a friend. 
May each day on the road bring us closer together
closer to a land of grateful reunion 
closer to the place you call home.
Amen.
© The Corrymeela Community

John 9.1-7 (8-41)                                                                                            (The Message)

1-2 Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?”

Photo by Chris Yang on Unsplash; licensed under CC0

3-5 Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do. We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world’s Light.”

6-7 He said this and then spit in the dust, made a clay paste with the saliva, rubbed the paste on the blind man’s eyes, and said, “Go, wash at the Pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “Sent”). The man went and washed—and saw.

For reflection:

            We often ask the question without thinking. Why did this happen?  What caused this?  What is the reason for this?

            And yet, as Jesus is quick to point out, this kind of question often only serves to point us backwards.  Who can we blame?  And who can we hold responsible?   No one, Jesus replies.  No one sinned.  Sometimes things just happen.  

So instead of asking the backward pointing, blaming questions, Jesus invites us to see the world around us, the world which just happens, not simply as a source of anxiety, but as something else altogether.  

For even the things we cannot explain or undo are not lost to God’s fierce love and firm hand.  On the contrary, they become part of the raw material with which God the Creator is still creating, shaping our lives and our communities for the good, muddy hands and all.

We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here,Jesus says.  In order that people will see what God can do, in the midst of a world which sometimes just happens.

That’s one of the things the man once called blind still enables us to see.  So perhaps the better question for us to ask, when the world just happens, is this:  What is the work we are called to do now, here where we are?  What is God creating in us now?  And where, in each other’s company, could the Spirit be leading us?

            Sometimes the world just happens, and we cannot undo what has been done.  But we can still be “response-able”, able and willing to respond, by opening our lives and our questions and even our anxieties to God’s energetic work in us and among us.

 And then we, too, will have a story to tell, to God’s glory

Image result for clip art paper chain

 Household Activity

Think about making a simple paper prayer chain this week.

Start today, and add a small paper link to your chain each morning when you get up, or each evening, when you sit down to eat.  

Write on each day’s link the name of a person or group of people or other living things for whom you will pray ,or whom you will contact, today.  

Soon your kitchen or hall or wherever you hang your chain will become more festive and hopeful with all your prayers. 

Take photos, and send them to your friends.

And when we are together again, we can hang them all!

Christchurch Sandymount

Christ Church is a united Presbyterian and Methodist congregation, and together we celebrate over 30 years of shared witness, in which we bring the resources of both traditions to bear on the contemporary development of our small but lively congregation. We have a particular commitment to the imaginative development of our worship life.

Sandymount Area

Christ Church has long-standing links with other local churches, and regularly hosts inter-church gatherings. Our hall and meeting rooms are heavily used throughout the year, providing space for a wide range of church and community activities.

A number of small retirement communities are located in the area, and Christ Church welcomes the ongoing addition of new members who move to the area in their mature years, bringing with them their valuable experience and skills. Our diverse congregation also includes younger people who are working and studying in Dublin, as well as those who have long been resident in Sandymount, and we would be delighted to see you if you are ever in the area.

As we rebuild our website, please don’t hesitate to be in touch at our contact form.