Prayer for June 2021
Many of us have heard of the Taizé Community in Burgundy, France and Iona Community. Another ‘new monastic’ community is that of the Northumbria Community. Like Iona and Taizé, members of the Northumbria Community meet together several times every day for prayer - morning, midday and evening.
Whereas in Taizé people meet in person (when possible), many members of the Iona and the Northumbria Communities join together where they are, at home or at work, for a time of prayer, at specific times, using set prayers from the Celtic traditions. Members experience a great deal of mutual support and encouragement in knowing they are sharing, albeit at a distance, in the same prayers three times a day.
What can we learn and take from this as members of our own church communities? Here is the Wednesday compline (evening prayer) for you to use, especially when life is difficult.
The words in bold are shared by everyone, the * indicates a change of voice.
Calm me, O 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.
* Father, bless the work that is done,
and the work that is to be.
* Father, bless the servant that I am,
and the servant that I will be.
Thou Lord and God of power,
shield and sustain me this night.
I will lie down this night with God,
and God will lie down with me;
I will lie down this night with Christ,
and Christ will lie down with me;
I will lie down this night with the Spirit,
and the Spirit will lie down with me;
God and Christ and the Spirit,
be lying down with me.
* The peace of God
be over me to shelter me,
* under me to uphold me,
* about me to protect me,
* behind me to direct me,
* ever with me to save me.
The peace of all peace
be mine this night
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
(Used with permission, taken from Wednesday Compline from Northumbria)