We are developing what we do during our gathering times.
In these times we are seeking to deepen our knowledge and experience of God the Father, in the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ.
We follow a simple structure using different forms of prayers and responses. Some of these come directly from the Bible, some from the Anglican tradition, some are influenced by Celtic spirituality, and some come from other parts of our Christian heritage.
Here are some examples:
We are going to eat together, share God’s word, sing praises, pray and bless one another.
The Bible reminds us that we do not live by food alone but by feeding on the Word of God
(A Bible is placed on the table)
A candlelight reminds us that our lives, lived as an offering of worship to God, shine as lights in the world.
(A lighted candle is placed on the table)
The cross reminds us to love one another as God has loved us.
(A cross is placed on the table)
Blessed are you, Lord God, creator of day and night: to you be praise and glory for ever: to you be praise and glory for ever.
As darkness falls you renew your promise
to reveal among us the light of your presence.
By the light of Christ, your living Word,
Dispel the darkness of our hearts
that we may walk as children of light
and sing your praise throughout the world.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
Blessed be God for ever. Amen
As we share a meal together let us pray:
O God our provider,
thank you for this food and fellowship.
Bless our conversations,
enlighten our minds,
and strengthen our faith in you
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Lighten our darkness, Lord, we pray,
And in your great mercy
Defend us from all perils and dangers of this night,
For the love of your only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all ever more