A new start?

A Collect For Lent
(excuse the King James-esque language)

Almighty and Everlasting God
who hatest nothing that thou hast made
and dost forgive the sins of all them that are penitents:
create and make in us new and contrite hearts
that we, worthily lamenting our sins
and acknowledging our brokenness,
may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord.
Amen.

We’ve just had the Installation service for our new Dean, Ian Stewart here at Dundee HQ, I mean St Paul’s Cathedral. Lovely choral service with not much audience parcipitation. Bit of a shame really.

Lent isn’t like that though, Lent demands your all. It certainly demanded a lot from Jesus, preparing for the inevitable, 40 days, 36 now, til the end.
What have you given up for Lent? One of the usual? Choc’s, alcohol, lack of tv?

I haven’t given up anything. Does that mean I’m not Christian enough? My friends seem to think so. “You’re a Christian, you should give up something” …but do we? Answers in the usual way.

I’m using Lent in a different way this year.

And since I’m posting late today:

Lord,
it is night.

The night is for stillness.
Let us be still in your presence.

It is night after a long day.
What has been done has been done;
what has not been done has not been done;
let it be.

The night is dark.
Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives
rest in you.

The night is quiet.
Let the quietness of your peace enfold us,
all dear to us,
and all who have no peace.

The night hearlds the dawn.
Let us look expectantly to a new day,
new joys,
new possibilities.

In your name we pray.

Amen

3 thoughts on “A new start?

  1. Thanks for reminding me of that – I used to pray it at Compline when I was in New Zealand, and have often used it since, though not for a long while.

  2. I love it, especially when I’ve had a really annoying day, it just relaxes me for the night. It’s like God lifts this heavy backpack off my back.

  3. Compline is the most beautiful of all services, I think. I love it used when a Christian body comes to rest in church the night before burial.

    And I think using Lent for other disciplines than ‘giving up’ is an excellent thing.

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