This morning in assembly . . .
This morning in assembly on the Broadway site we learnt a little about the life of Brother Roger, the founder of the ecumenical Taize Community in France. We also learnt to sing one of the meditative chants, 'Bless the Lord my Soul' from Psalm 104.
We reflected on the courage of Brother Roger and how we are challenged to be known as Christians by through the ways we interact with each other - in what we do, in how we treat our friends and neighbours and in how we speak and act.
St Paul wrote: If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part. (...) And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
For those who are far from home, immigrants, exiles, victims of oppression, Lord, we pray.
For those who are going through trials, who need help and compassion, Lord, we pray.
For all of us gathered here, that we may remain attentive to those entrusted to us, Lord, we pray.
That we may be delivered from all anxiety, Lord, we pray.
That we may learn to share more fairly the resources of our planet among all, Lord, we pray.
That a sense of wonder at the beauty of creation may remain alive in us, Lord, we pray.
That we may find light and courage in the mystery of communion that is the Church, Lord, we pray.
Jesus our peace, you never abandon us. And the Holy Spirit always opens a way forward, the way which consists in casting ourselves into God as into the depths. And astonishment arises: these depths are not an abyss of darkness; they are God—fathomless depths of compassion and innocence.