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Archive for March, 2012

11 March                                    Lent 3

Santry               10.00               All-age Service                                     DO/ED†

Glasnevin        11.30                All-age Eucharist                                  DO

Finglas              11.30                All-age Service                                     ED

 

14 March                                   Wednesday

Finglas              10.30                Eucharist

 

15 March                                   Thursday

Santry               20.00               Study Group in Santry Parish Centre

17 March                                   Saint Patrick’s Day

Santry               10.00               Eucharist in Irish and English

There will be no Quiet Hour/Evening Prayer this week

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4 March                                  Lent 2

Santry               10.00                Eucharist                                              ED

Glasnevin           11.30                Morning Prayer                                     EC

Finglas              11.30                Eucharist                                              DO

 

5 March                                 Monday

Santry                    20.00                       Study Group in Santry Parish Centre

 

7 March                                 Wednesday

Finglas                   10.30                       Eucharist

                               

10 March                                              Saturday

Santry                    16.00                       Church Open for Quiet Hour

Santry                    17.00                       Evening Prayer

 

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Some material from this afternoon’s Quiet Hour in St Canice’s.

 

Jesus says, Come unto me, all ye that are weary and heavy-laden, and I will refresh you.

Matthew 11.28

 

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Bow down before him, his glory proclaim;
with gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness,
kneel and adore him: the Lord is his Name!

Low at his feet lay thy burden of carefulness,
high on his heart he will bear it for thee,
comfort thy sorrows, and answer thy prayerfulness,
guiding thy steps as may best for thee be.

Fear not to enter his courts in the slenderness
of the poor wealth thou wouldst reckon as thine;
truth in its beauty, and love in its tenderness,
these are the offerings to lay on his shrine.

These, though we bring them in trembling and fearfulness,
he will accept for the Name that is dear;
mornings of joy give for evenings of tearfulness,
trust for our trembling and hope for our fear.

 

John Samuel Bewley Monsell, 1863

 

Jesus said: ‘No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

‘So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.’

Matthew 6:24-34

POINTS TO PONDER

Not many choose the life of complete simplicity, and those who do are often dependent on those who have not been free to renounce responsibilities.

 

  • How much of our anxiety stems from a divided mind and confused priorities?

 

  • Are we carrying unnecessary burdens that could be left behind?

 

  • Could any of our burdens be made lighter by sharing with God or with a friend?

 

  • Comparing our burden with someone else’s can help give a sense of perspective; nonetheless our burden remains as heavy as we experience it to be.

 

  • When a burden must be carried, it helps to be able to set it down and rest from time to time. What helps you do this? Walking, gardening, reading, music, prayer …?

 

I also remember a sermon I gave about Life. Life wasn’t designed for happiness, I said, but for learning, and it taught two lessons. One was the art of giving, and the other the art of giving up. The second lesson was harder but not optional. It was compulsory, since we all die with nothing.

I also make God a present of my losses, which sounds daft, but works. At the end of the day I recite all my failures and disappointments. And then I mentally roll them up in a ball and call out to God. “Catch!” I say, and throw the black ball away from me to him. He must do just that, for I never think of most of them again.

Rabbi Lionel Blue

 

 

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you. Cast all your anxieties upon him, for he cares about you.

1 Peter 5:6,7

I cannot tell how silently he suffered,
as with his peace he graced this place of tears,
or how his heart upon the cross was broken,
the crown of pain to three and thirty years.
But this I know, he heals the broken-hearted,
and stays our sin, and calms our lurking fear,
and lifts the burden from the heavy laden,
for yet the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is here.

William Young Fullerton

 

Now I saw in my dream, that the highway up which Christian was to go, was fenced on either side with a wall, and that wall was called Salvation. Up this way, therefore, did burdened Christian run, but not without great difficulty, because of the load on his back.

He ran thus till he came at a place somewhat ascending; and upon that place stood a cross, and a little below, in the bottom, a sepulchre. So I saw in my dream, that just as Christian came up with the cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell from off his back, and began to tumble, and so continued to do till it came to the mouth of the sepulchre, where it fell in, and I saw it no more.

Then was Christian glad and lightsome, and said with a merry heart, “He hath given me rest by his sorrow, and life by his death.” Then he stood still a while, to look and wonder; for it was very surprising to him that the sight of the cross should thus ease him of his burden. He looked, therefore, and looked again, even till the springs that were in his head sent the waters down his cheeks.. Now as he stood looking and weeping, behold, three Shining Ones came to him, and saluted him with, “Peace be to thee.” So the first said to him, “Thy sins be forgiven thee,”; the second stripped him of his rags, and clothed him with change of raiment,; the third also set a mark on his forehead, , and gave him a roll with a seal upon it, which he bid him look on as he ran, and that he should give it in at the celestial gate: so they went their way. Then Christian gave three leaps for joy, and went on singing.

From Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

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