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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

 

 

 

 

 

Advent thoughts of Oscar Romero

Advent should admonish us to discover
In each brother or sister that we greet,
In each friend whose hand we shake,
In each beggar who asks for bread,
In each worker who wants to use the right to join a union,
In each peasant who looks for work in the coffee groves,
The face of Christ.

Then it would not be possible to rob them,
To cheat them,
To deny them their rights.

They are Christ,
And whatever is done to them
Christ will take as done to him.

That is what Advent is:
Christ living among us.

 

Archbishop Oscar Romero

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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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Prayer for the New Year

Everloving God it is a new year full of new opportunities

As we ask forgiveness for the past

And make resolutions for the future

May we show your love and live your way

 

May we take time to pause and draw strength

And let our souls catch up

And be refreshed regularly through this year

May we show your love and live your way

 

May we remember the poor and the forgotten

The marginalized and the weak

And find ways to show your compassion

May we show your love and live your way

 

May the healing hope of the gospel be integral to our lives

So that the ways of justice and peace are reflected in us

May we show your love and live your way

 

May we take time to see the beauty of your world –

To see the beauty of trees, flowers, birds and animals –

To cherish them and work for the sustaining of our garden home –

So that we leave it in a good state for generations to come

May we show your love and live your way

 

May our hearts be refreshed by joy, music, creativity, love and hope

So we in turn can bring hope and joy to others.

Throughout this year may we show your love

and live your way.

 

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© Garth Hewitt

for permission to copy 

please contact GHF

 

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Holy Moments

God of gentleness and humility

Becoming human in simplicity

Bringing joy to the world.

In the birth of a child

We find meaning and dignity.

May we show the love and the humility of Jesus

That brings holy moments to wounded people

And joy and hope and laughter

To forgotten communities.

Teach us to be meek

Treating this beautiful world with gentleness,

Showing love to our neighbours,

And studying war no more.

So we bring a blessing of joy to others this Christmas

And throughout the year.

 

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© Garth Hewitt

for permission to copy 

please contact GHF

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