The Mission of God

Far From Home

Far From Home

All day long we’ve walked, my little boy so fretful, turning in my arms to stare behind us, back along that dusty road.   It’s as if he hears a distant sound, he’s listening, it seems, but much too young to know the dreadful things we’ve heard.   Now it’s...

Flood our Hearts

Flood our Hearts

God of time and God eternal, God beyond millennia; God whose fingerprints reveal you In the atom and the stars:           Flood our hearts with hope and wonder,           Fill us with your healing love.   God, in Jesus, you have lived life, Shared constraints of...

Saved to save others

Saved to save others

Are you content, have you no higher aim Than just to gain admittance at the door, In faintest characters to trace your name Among the list of those who die no more?   Do you not feel that you are saved to live? Do you not know you are saved to save? Forgiven that you...

An old age is out, time to begin a new

All, all of a piece throughout; Thy chase had a beast in view; Thy wars brought nothing about; Thy lovers were all untrue. ‘Tis well an old age is out, And time to begin a new.   John Dryden (1631 – 1700), The Secular Masque, 1700.

Let all the world sing

Let all the world sing

Let all the world in every corner sing, My God and King ! The church with psalms must shout, No door can keep them out ; But above all the heart Must bear the longest part. Let all the world in every corner sing, My God and King !   George Herbert...

The words of the prophets

The words of the prophets

People talking without speaking People hearing without listening ‘Fools’, said I, ‘You do not know Silence like a cancer grows.’  The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls.   Paul Simon (1942-), 1964.

Seed Planting

Seed Planting

This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, Knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.   We...

Support where it is needed

Support where it is needed

Fount of mercy, Call back the one who flees from you. Draw towards you the one who attempts to escape. Lift up the one who has fallen. Support the one who is standing. Guide the one who is on a journey.   Thomas Aquinas (1225-74), Opera Omnia.

The act of a good priest

The act of a good priest

This noble example to his sheep he gave That first he wrought, and afterwards he taught; And it was from the Gospel he had caught Those words, and would add this figure too, That if gold rust, what then would iron do? For if a priest be foul in whom we trust No wonder...

Harvest: theirs and ours

Harvest: theirs and ours

We dare not ask you bless our harvest feast Till it is spread for poorest and for least. We dare not bring our harvest gifts to you Unless our hungry brothers share them too.                          Not only at this time, Lord; every day Those whom you love are dying...

Pull up the ladder Jack!

Pull up the ladder Jack!

Deal not with me God as I have dealt with Man In the prosperity which thou hast given me Helpless in his need a careless course I ran And now O Lord that thou hast driven me To my last gasp, I pray for all I am not worth Deal not with me as I have dealt on earth....