Turning Aside: 7 June 2020

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Quiet Space  7 June 2020

 

Turning Aside

 

Stilling

 

Welcome to Quiet Space!

Take time to quieten yourself, light a candle if that helps and move into the Quiet Space - Alone and Together.

 

Opening Prayer

Calm me, Lord, as You stilled the storm.

Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm.

Let all the tumult within me cease.

Enfold me, Lord, in your peace

 

Reading: Exodus 3: 1-6 (New English Translation)

Now Moses was shepherding the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to the mountain of God, to Horeb.  2. The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from within the bush.  3. So Moses thought, “I will turn aside to see this amazing sight.  Why does the bush not burn up?”  4. When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to look, God called to him from within the bush and said “Moses, Moses!”  And Mose said, “Here I am.”  5. God said, Do not approach any closer!  Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”  6. He added, I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’  Then Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

 

Time of Reflection

Moses was out doing his daily work of caring for sheep when this amazing meeting took place.

Quiet Space is a ‘Turn Aside’ time: perhaps we could take time now to turn aside and be open to our Loving God.

 

Prayer of Commitment

Lord, I will trust You,

help me to journey beyond the familiar

and into the unknown.

 

Give me the faith to leave old ways

and break fresh ground with you.

 

Christ of the mysteries, can I trust You

to be stronger than each storm in me.

 

I determine amidst all uncertainty

always to trust.

 

I choose to live beyond regret,

and let you recreate my life.

 

I believe You will make a way for me

and provide for me, if only I trust you.

 

I will trust in the darkness and know

that my times are still in Your hand.

 

Blessing

When we no longer know how to be,

May our Loving God take us on our deeper journey.

When we no longer know what to do,

may the Spirit reveal to us our fitting task.

When all feels lost or foreign

may we know our home in Christ.

 

On the path that is before us,

may we have companions for the journey,

may we find Christ in the stranger,

and may we know the love and blessing of God.  Amen

 

Source: Celtic Daily Prayer Book Two