Church of England Diocese of York Topcliffe

Reflections and Prayers

March 2019

From the Vicarage...                                                                                     

Dear Friends,

There is so much going on at the moment. In our parishes, there are all the activities that we associate with Lent – the Lunches, the Complines, the LentPilgrim course; and then there’s the Annual Meetings that begin this month and run into next month. So much busyness. In the garden, there’s so much coming to life at the moment – unseasonably so – and the urge to ‘get out’ and start all those Spring jobs; and maybe (just maybe!) there’s thoughts of spring-cleaning; not to mention all the regular things that mark the daily ups and downs of life that have to be dealt with.

But whatever is going on in our own lives and in the lives of our churches, we need to have a bigger view. This will be a momentous month in the life of our nation, and at the beginning of the month, with only days to go, there is still so much uncertainty about what Brexit will actually mean for us in a practical sense, both now and in the long-term future.

Put all this against the back-drop, too, of what is happening in other nations of the world, particularly Venezuela at the moment.

So please, if you can, just stop for a moment each day. Stop, and hold it all before God. Turn to Jesus, as the disciples turned to Jesus when their boat was in danger of being swamped by the storm on Lake Galilee. Ask him to calm the storms that you and we all face. And trust him.

Pray this prayer:

        Calm me, Lord, as you calmed the storm;
        Still me, Lord, keep me from harm.
        Let all the tumult within me cease,
        Enfold me, Lord, in your peace.

       Calm them, Lord, as you calmed the storm;
       Still them, Lord, keep them from harm.
       Let all the tumult within them cease,
       Enfold them, Lord, enfold them in your peace.

With every blessing, to see us through all that will happen this coming month,


The Prayer of St Columba

        Be a bright flame before me, O God
        a guiding star above me.
        Be a smooth path below me,
        a kindly shepherd behind me
        today, tonight, and for ever.
        Alone with none but you, my God
        I journey on my way;
        what need I fear when you are near,
        O Lord of night and day?
        More secure am I within your hand
        than if a multitude did round me stand.