Better late than never to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR! It has been a week of Prayer for Christian Unity and to end the Octave of prayer we hosted an evening service on Wednesday night. Unfortunately not many people came but it was good all the same. They arrived and in true Benedictine style we gave them refreshments and homemade biscuits, .
The actual service just took half and hour and we started with a pryaer : ‘As we pray for and strive towards the full visible unity of the church we and the tradition to which we belong will be changed transformed and conformed to the likeness of Christ’. There were songs including one of my favourites called ‘Blessed be your name’, then followed some Psalm quotations – (if you’d like to look them up they are – Ps 40: 1 – 3, Ps 91: 1 – 2, Ps 121: 1 – 2, Ps 139: 23 – 24, Ps 86: 11).
At the end of the service we had: ‘Changed by Jesus in our serving, send us and together we will go, ‘Changed by Jesus in our waiting………’Changed by Jesus in our suffering…..’Changed by Jesus in ourstruggling…..’Changed by Jesus in our peace-making…..’Changed by Jesus in our loving….. ‘Changed by Jesus in our fellowship….’Changed by Jesus as we unite…….
Then the people stayed on and prayed the office of Compline with us.