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A Prayer at Christmas 2016

Oh God, these are difficult times –

we pray for a renewed vision of your humble way,

your way of justice and hope for all;
We pray that we might have a deep vision
of the Prince of Peace,

and the way of the Prince of Peace.

May our churches become centres
that not only have a dream of justice for all

but live out the values of this dream
in the communities in which we live.

Give us renewed joy this Christmas –
and then a renewed commitment to action –
to have an encounter with the God whose name is mercy,

the God who is humble and generous.

In the name of God,
the Creator, Redeemer and Giver of life.

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A prayer for the land once known as holy

God of justice and compassion

Hear the cries of your wounded people
Hear the cries of those imprisoned
in a land once called ‘holy’
May we be part of the community
that raises our voices
and challenges our governments
to speak up for those who get ignored.
We pray for justice to come
because peace cannot come
without justice
And yet when there is justice we know
that both Palestinians and Israelis
will find freedom and hope
In the sadness of a deeply wounded Middle East
we pray that the plight of the victims of injustice
will not be forgotten any longer
by the governments of the world
nor by the church leaders of the world
May we hear the call of this kairos moment
to walk with the values of Jesus
and to campaign and pray
that peace with justice
will become a reality –
so both Palestinians and Israelis will find peace,
so both may move forward to a new day where all are respected,
and where both communities find hope.
And when we travel there as pilgrims
may we be renewed by our encounter with the ‘Fifth Gospel’
that opens our eyes to the values of your kingdom
and the way of healing and hope.

 

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Garth Hewitt – Little Boy Down

Garth performed his song Little Boy Down for the first time at St Peter & St Paul Church, Reepham, Lincoln, on 2nd December 2015 – it is a year since the events which inspired this song and he has included it on the Christmas album Peace at Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

Steadfast Love

When my soul is bereft of peace,

I’ve forgotten what happiness is,

I find this I call to mind

And therefore I have hope –

When injustice shrivels the soul,

In a world that’s forgotten the way,

I find this I call to mind

And therefore I have hope –

 

The steadfast love of God will never cease,

God’s mercies will never come to an end –

They are new every morning,

They are new every morning

God’s steadfast love will never come to an end.

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in the quiet

 

In the quiet I come to you

I find strength to start anew

Breathing out and breathing in

In the quiet I come to you

 

I find stillness in the storm

Despite the struggles all around

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God of the just heart

God of the just heart

In the challenging words of the Sermon on the Mount

‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice

They shall be satisfied’

You remind us that satisfaction does not lie

Where we might expect it
In the security of wealth and privilege

But in the joy of doing what is right

And in working to assert the value and dignity of other people

Because this is the calling of your community

This builds relationships and just societies

This brings deep satisfaction

As all are made welcome.

 

So keep us hungering and thirsting

For the values that make us all whole

And then we know the healing fountains will start.

 

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Holy Dreams to Feed the Soul

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‘I remember when I was a kid seeing Garth Hewitt on stage. He was banging on about Christians having a heart for the poor and saving the world and frankly I didn’t get any of it. Garth has always been ahead of his time and we are all catching up with what God has been saying through Garth for the last 30 years. I wish I had listened closer, but it sometimes takes a lifetime to recognise a true prophet. It is people like Garth who make us look at the world differently and realise what it is to be a true Christian.’

 

– Martin Smith (Delirious?)