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Week Commencing – Sunday 11th September 2016

Posted by on 17th September 2016

It was our Communion Sunday this week (at both morning services). It was good to see so many people returning from holiday. We also began our autumn theme based around the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah was faced with the task of restoring the people of Jerusalem by rebuilding the city wall and giving hope back to those who were leaving in the ruins. This it seems to me is our task here in Wrose, in Bradford. We are being called by God to restore people to God and to themselves and give them hope. Nehemiah gives us much practical insight into the process. I have attached both of the messages given yesterday (Colin – 9.15am and Steve 10.30am).

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In the evening, Ikon programme returned with a time of soaking prayer. God tells us through Job to ‘Listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.’ (Job 33:33). We heard the words of Henri Nouwen on the value of silence.

“We enter into solitude first of all to meet our Lord and to be with him and him alone. Our primary task in solitude, therefore, is not to pay undue attention-to-the many faces which assail us, but to keep, the eyes of our mind and heart on him who is our divine saviour. Only in the context of grace can we face our sin; only in the place of healing do we dare to show our wounds; only with a single-minded attention to Christ can we give up our clinging fears and face our own true nature. As we come to realise that it is not we who live, but Christ who lives in us, that he is our true self, we can slowly let our compulsions melt away and begin to experience the freedom of the children of God. And then we can look back with a smile and realise that we aren’t even angry or greedy anymore” (From The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen)

The experience of entering into silence for about 20 minutes again proved extremely valuable and there was a real sense of the presence of God in the place. Our Prayer of the Week this week is taken from the St. Hilda Community and was used to help us enter in to the time of silence.

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK

Be silent, Be still
Be silent, Be still
Alone, Empty
Before your God
Say nothing
Ask nothing
Be silent, Be still
Be silent, Be still
Let your God look upon you
That is all

He knows, he understands
he loves you with an enormous love
he only wants to look upon you with love
Quiet, Still, Be.

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