Friday, April 03, 2009

For Reflection

A thought for the Friday before Palm Sunday


Maybe those who, while lacking faith, still respond to Christian art and music, at least believe in the works Jesus does. We should foster this lesser faith, as good in itself, and perhaps a pathway to true faith. ”

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Put People First Prayer

Father, we stand before you in prayer as the global economy crisis casts a shadow over the peoples of the earth. In a word as closely connected as ours, each of our actions affects the whole. We are sorry when we have failed to act beyond our narrow interests. Help us to live as a community and care for others, especially the vulnerable and the poor amongst us.

As the G20 meet, we ask for wisdom for the leaders of the world. Where nations have pushed their agendas on others, bring partnership and love. Where people have lived lives disconnected from their brothers and sisters in other countries; bring solidarity and compassion. May we see the dawning of a new world, with your values at its heart; a world of justice, mercy and humility.

May the poor not be forgotten in the midst of crisis.

All: Father, as your people, help us to raise our voices. As your church worldwide, let us rise up in prayer, in speaking out and in demonstrating your way of life, so that out of the ruins of this current crisis might come help for a better world.

Amen

This prayer was used at the serive in Westminister Central Hall before the PPF rally last weekend

Sunday, March 29, 2009

G20 - some thoughts before it gets going

This week's summit may just be the start of a worldwide redistribution, however small, from the chastened rich towards the angry poor. And if it is not, the G20 leaders may suffer the consequences.
The task before them is massive in the time allocated - hence the peripatetic travels of many G20 leaders over the last few weeks, including Mr Rudd.

Lord Malloch Brown, the Foreign Office minister agrees with Tony Dolphin when the latter says:

"There are 20 of them and they are in a room for maybe 10 hours. So they've got 30 minutes each, in effect," says Tony Dolphin, chief economist at the IPPR, a think tank. "Even if there were only six issues, that's five minutes per person per issue: what can they say in that time?"
There is a detailed article in today's edition of the London Guardian Click Here to read it

A focus for prayers before we start Holy Week.