War Cries–a new collection of prayers

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This well-judged and well-produced collection of prayers will be a useful addition to the formal C of E liturgical resources for the many military anniversaries that are coming up at the moment,

ISBN: 9780281073641
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
£9.99 FREE UK delivery
http://www.spckpublishing.co.uk/product/war-cries/

The first ever collection of military prayers produced for a wide Christian readership.

War Cries is the first ever collection of prayers which reflects the faith experiences of Christians within a military context. It comprises 225 formal and informal prayers (from the Army, Navy and RAF, from civilian sources and other nations) which are presented in 7 chapters, each of which exposes a different aspect of military life. The prayers appear in a way that mirrors the military experience, beginning with the act of ˜joining-up” and ending with post-conflict reflection.
This structuring helps the reader join the recruits  “in mind and heart“ at the beginning of their military journey, to experience the frustration of training, the boredom of life at sea, the formality of the parade ground, the horrors of battle, the traumatic aftermath of war, and ultimately the desire for a meaningful peace. The collection also includes prayers of service families during times of conflict.

The Missing Collect for St Jerome’s Day

For some totally inexplicable reason, St Jerome, one of the four great Doctors of the Western Church, is only granted a Commemoration in our Common Worship Calendar, not even a Lesser Festival, so does not have specific Collects or readings provided for him. We are supposed to use the generic ones for a Teacher of the Faith, or stick with the ones for the temporale, which gives us this week a wonderful Collect based delightfully in words of St Augustine. Perhaps one of my liturgy geek friends can explain why Jerome gets such a poor deal. Meanwhile here is a Collect from Another Place that you could use…

O God, who gave the Priest Saint Jerome a living and tender love for Sacred Scripture, grant that your people may be ever more fruitfully nourished by your Word and find in it the fount of life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Praying for the Middle East

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It’s confession time! I try to say Morning Prayer every day – but it’s often while I’m propped up in bed having a cup of tea. I wake quite early and it’s one of the best bits of the day. I like to look out of the window too which helps me look outwards as I pray of the year when we see the sun rising with often magnificent effects of light.

The changing sky is also a powerful aid to prayer, and we are now well into that part that puts even the super Ipswich fireworks to shame.  That has stirred me to commit myself to pray each day this winter, as I see the sunrise, for the awful situation in the Middle East which is so on our hearts, and which in human terms leaves us feeling so powerless too.

Malachi 4.2 is in my mind as I pray: “The Sun of righteousness will rise (will rise) with healing in its wings.” So my prayer is for righteousness and healing, justice and peace, as God’s gifts to our broken world.

I wonder if you would like to join me in making this simple commitment to prayer as part of your preparation to welcome the Prince of Peace at Christmas? No organisation is needed, no paperwork: just do it, and pass the word on. I’m giving it a bit of a profile here on my blog at bpdt.wordpress.com, and I’d love too to put up your own stories and pictures of prayer too. Just email them to me at bishop.david@cofesuffolk.org and I’ll do the rest.

Peace be with you, and every blessing from the Prince of Peace be yours in your hearts and in your homes this Christmas.

Pilgrimage in later life: walking with Abraham and Sarah

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Despite the inevitable truth that everyone in the room knew more about the subject than I did, the talk I gave to our retired clergy, spouses and widow/ers was well received, so I am putting my notes up here in case they are of use to others. They follow the story of Abraham in Genesis so could be used as the basis of a bible study.

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For our prayers

Every child matters to God. Today we pray in thanksgiving for the lives of those who died at Newtown, and for their families and their communities in their devastation and pain:

School shooting victims

  • Charlotte Bacon, 6
  • Daniel Barden, 7
  • Rachel Davino, 29
  • Olivia Engel, 6
  • Josephine Gay, 7
  • Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
  • Dawn Hochsprung, 47
  • Dylan Hockley, 6
  • Madeleine Hsu, 6
  • Catherine Hubbard, 6
  • Chase Kowalski, 7
  • Jesse Lewis, 6
  • James Mattioli, 6
  • Grace McDonnell, 7
  • Anne Marie Murphy, 52
  • Emilie Parker, 6
  • Jack Pinto, 6
  • Noah Pozner, 6
  • Caroline Previdi, 6
  • Jessica Rekos, 6
  • Avielle Richman, 6
  • Lauren Russo, 30
  • Mary Sherlach, 56
  • Victoria Soto,27
  • Benjamin Wheeler, 6
  • Allison Wyatt, 6

BBC News – Newtown school massacre victims identified

Praying in Peterboro

I had a good day in Yaxley Deanery yesterday

  • talking to the chapter about their mission actions
  • giving a teaching session on how to make our churches places of prayer, for over 20 clergy and lay ministers
  • enjoying a very tasty steak and ale pie
  • and confirming over 20 candidates young and old, and from near and far (Canada!) at Stanground

Thankyou very much to everyone who helped make it such a success, and if you’d like to follow up on the prayer theme how about:

Pausing at the well – A day exploring different ways of praying.

Saturday 16 October 2010

10am-3pm, Peterborough Cathedral

Key note speaker: Bishop John Flack

Workshops: Celtic prayer, Praying with Scripture, Contemplative prayer, Praying with ordinary things, Praying in small groups, Praying in tongues, Prayer and the rule of life, Prayer on pilgrimage, The Daily Office.

Contact: Canon Bill Croft, T: 01733 263016, E: williamsbill_croft@hotmail.com

Mrs Jane Hogg, T: 01733 263267, E: jane.hogg@tesco.net

Saying One for You

Say One for Me Card

I was humbled and delighted by the prayer requests I received on Wednesday in Ely Cathedral and along the High Street – and many thanks to the team who went out with me and to Look East for filming us and including the footage in that night’s programme.

We turned our own Kodak Brownie on the delightful cameraman – and loved the opportunity to snap him filling in one of the cards as well. Whatever the wider concerns about the church and the media, we enjoy very good relationships locally and it’s good to be able to work together like this.

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I collected just under a hundred requests “live”; some others have come in via email or this blog, and you can still add your own by visiting the national website http://sayoneforme.org/.