Weekend worship .A bit different this week.
The St Cattwg Ministry area  Sunday online service is hosted by Llangenny church one of our three  parish churches.
So, I won’rt be  doing the audio service this week so we can focus on Llangenny.
The link will update to 7th June  at 10-45 am tomorrow but will  be available throughout the day after that time:
Attached is the Word document service for tomorrow as usual – containing my ramblings.
Also night prayer for today
God Bless


An intereting piece for reflection:

from Mary Oliver’s “The Summer Day”:

“I don’t know exactly what a prayer is./I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down/into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,/how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,/which is what I have been doing all day./Tell me, what else should I have done?/Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?/Tell me, what is it you plan to do/with your one wild and precious life?”









Morning Prayer









An Alternative Order For Morning Prayer (Matins)




(A)   Prayers of Penitence


The minister reads one of the following, or another appropriate sentence of Holy Scripture.


It was very early in the morning on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb.

John 20:1


God is Spirit and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and in truth.

John 4:24


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:7


God said, ‘Let there be light’, and there was light, and God saw the light was good, and he separated light from darkness. So evening came, and morning came; it was the first day.

Genesis 1:3–5


This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24


The minister says

We have come together as the family of God in our Father’s presence, to offer him praise and thanksgiving, to hear and receive his word, to bring before him the needs of the world and to seek his grace, that, through his Son, Jesus Christ, we may give ourselves to his service.


Jesus said: ‘The first commandment is: “Listen Israel! The Lord our God is the only Lord. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’


Silence. [Kneel]


Let us confess our sins to the Father and seek his pardon and peace.


Almighty and merciful God, we have sinned against you

in thought, word and deed.

We have not loved you with all our heart;

and we have not loved others as Christ loves us. We are truly sorry.

In your mercy, forgive us. Help us to amend our lives;

that we may delight in your will


and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your name. Amen.


In place of the absolution, a deacon or lay minister says

May God our Father,

who by our Lord Jesus Christ

has reconciled the world to himself

and forgives the sins of all who truly repent, pardon and deliver us from all our sins,

and grant us the grace and power of the Holy Spirit.



May Christ the daystar dawn in our hearts, and triumph over the shades of night.




(C)  Morning Acclamation of Christ


O Lord, open our lips,

And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.


We sing to you, O Lord, and bless your name,

And tell of your salvation from day to day.


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.


Worship the Lord.

All praise to his name.


(The following is added in Eastertide

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!)



Blessed are you, creator of all,

to you be praise and glory for ever.

As your dawn renews the face of the earth bringing light and life to all creation,

may we rejoice in this day you have made;

as we wake refreshed from the depths of sleep, open our eyes to behold your presence

and strengthen our hands to do your will,

that the world may rejoice and give you praise.

Blessed be God for ever.


Silent prayer/reflection on the coming day.


Early in the morning

my prayer comes before you. Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

You speak in my heart and say ‘Seek my face’;

your face, Lord, will I seek. Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.


Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord,

my strength and my redeemer.


Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.


Psalmody                                                                     [Stand/Sit]


Each of the psalms appointed for the day ends with


Glory to the Father, and / to the / Son : and / to the / Holy / Spirit;

as it was in the be/ginning, is / now :

and shall be for / ever. / A–/men.


The Old Testament reading                                               [Sit] Before the reading

A reading from …


After the reading

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.




  • Blessed be the Lord the / God of / Israel :

for he has come to his / people and / set them / free.


  • The Lord has raised up for us a / mighty / Saviour : born of the / house of his / servant /


  • Through his holy prophets God promised of old to save us / from our / enemies :

from the / hands of / all who / hate us.


  • To show mercy / to our / forebears :


and to re/member his / holy / covenant.


  • This was the oath God swore to our / father / Abraham : to set us free from the / hands / of our / enemies,


  • Free to worship him / without / fear :

holy and righteous before him / all the / days of our / life.


  • And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the / Most / High :

for you will go before the / Lord • to pre/pare his / way,


  • To give his people knowledge / of sal/vation : by the for/giveness / of their /


  • In the tender compassion / of our / God :

the dawn from on / high shall / break up/on us,


  • To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the / shadow of / death :

and to guide our feet / into the / way of / peace.


Glory to the Father, and / to the / Son : and / to the / Holy / Spirit;

as it was in the be/ginning, is / now :

and shall be for / ever. / A–/men.

The New Testament reading                                              [Sit] Before the reading

A reading from …


After the reading

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God

Reflection by Chris

 As we begin Holy week, I wonder how far we identify with Jesus and those around him.

A modern phrase springs to mind Hero to Zero. In the course of a week Jesus is hailed as a king who will save the Jews and is then reduced to a death of a criminal.

It begins with cloaks and palms, people waving and cheering. A triumphal entry of an unlikely King.

But Jerusalem is more complicated than that. Jesus  caused turmoil when he reached the city. Some hated Jesus some were afraid. Many of those crowds would know that Jesus was fulfilling scriptural prophecy – of a coming Messiah.  Jesus knew that many of these hailing him would turn against him and even his own friends desert him.

Jesus who emptied himself of his divinity to  share our human frailty, finally moves  to  his destiny.  – in all his human weakness and knowing where this journey was heading. How could he do this? Our human instinct is to turn away from danger not walk to it.

The reason he does this is love. Love for his friends and love even for the people who hate him. He journeyed to the end so that we could all have a new beginning. It is amazing how that love extends across the centuries to the here and now and into the future; timeless and unfathomable.

Even though he came to save us, the world still causes him pain. Still he loves us regardless of who we are, where we come from, whatever our sins, and even though we mess up his creation.

It is this love that we can take into our hearts and play our part in making the world a better place.

Bur first  we need to decide where we stand, Are we in the crowd hailing him? or in the factions that will mock him and push him into harms way.?

That is the great challenge of Palm Sunday and our answer guides us in how we see the Holy week ahead and whether choose  to walk, in love’s light  alongside Jesus or remain in the shadows.







An Affirmation of the Faith

The Creed is said on Sundays and the Holy Days listed in Groups i and ii in The New Calendar (2003). On other days, the office may continue immediately with The Prayers


The Apostles’ Creed                                                      [Stand]

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died and was buried; he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


3                           THE PRAYERS



At Morning Prayer, prayers are offered for the day and its tasks, for


the world and its needs and for the Church and its life.

The prayers in Appendix v, the Litany (Appendix vi), or other suitable

prayers, are used.


Appropriate responses may be used, for example

Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.


Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.


We pray to you, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


Hear us, O Lord,

for your mercy is great.


In faith we pray.

We pray to you, O God.


Lord, have mercy.

Hear us, good Lord.


The Lord’s Prayer is said. It may be introduced as follows, or with other suitable words.


Let us pray with confidence to the Father:

Our Father in heaven …



As our Saviour taught us, we boldly pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven …

The second collect, for peace.

O God, the author of peace and lover of concord,


to know you is eternal life,

to serve you is perfect freedom:

defend us in all assaults of our enemies, that we, surely trusting in your protection, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The third collect, for grace.

O Lord and heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for bringing us safely

to the beginning of this new day: defend us by your mighty power

that we may be kept free from all sin and safe from every danger;

and enable us in everything

to do only what is right in your eyes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Eternal God and Father,

by your power we are created

and by your love we are redeemed: guide and strengthen us by your Spirit, that we may give ourselves to you

in love and service of one another; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


4                           THE CONCLUSION


One of the following, a seasonal dismissal (Appendix ii), or other appropriate words, may be used.



The Lord bless us and protect us from evil and keep us in eternal life. Amen.






Sunday 29th March

Hope you are keeping well and bearing up in these difficult times.

I have recorded a Morning prayer in the Iona style.

If you double click the file it should open in you media player. See if you can guess the Gospel reader!

There is also a printed version  of the service and the readings for the day. The Audio just contains the Gospel. 

There is also a short reflection on the Gospel reading.

Please keep on praying foreach other and the world 

Please remember you can always contact me with prayer requests or to have a grumble or a chat!

Audio service


Ezekiel 37. 1-14

The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all round them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, ‘Mortal, can these bones live?’ I answered, ‘O Lord God, you know.’ Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.’

So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.’ I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.

Then he said to me, ‘Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, “Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.” Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act, says the Lord.’ 

Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! 

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. 

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning. 

O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem. It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.Romans 8. 6-11

To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you

John 11. 1-45

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, ‘Lord, he whom you love is ill.’ But when Jesus heard it, he said, ‘This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.’ Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

Then after this he said to the disciples, ‘Let us go to Judea again.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?’ Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.’ After saying this, he told them, ‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.’ Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.’ Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow-disciples, ‘Let us also go, that we may die with him.’

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.’

When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, ‘The Teacher is here and is calling for you.’ And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’ But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’

Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, ‘Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead for four days.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, ‘Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.’ When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’

Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.


Morning Service Iona Abbey


Dear Lord. Our Maker, we thank you for your gift of a new day.  Help us to leave yesterday, and not to covet tomorrow, but to treasure the time which is at hand.  By your love, celebrated by your Word, seen in your Son and brought near by your Spirit, take from us what we no longer need to carry:  any guilt, spite, low self-esteem or arrogance, so that we may be open to your Grace, and to the goodness in your Word, and in each other.  

We pray in Jesus’ name 



The world belongs to God,

The earth and all its people.

How good it is, how  wonderful,

To live together in unity.

Love and faith come together,

Justice and peace join hands.

Open our lips, O God,

And our mouths shall proclaim your praise.

Holy God maker of all have mercy on us. 

Jesus Christ, Servant of the poor

Have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit, Breath of life

have   mercy on us.

Let us in silence confess our faults to God, and admit our frailty.


Before God, with the people of God, we confess to   our brokenness:

To the ways we wound our lives, the lives of others, and the life of the world.

May   God forgive us, Christ renew us, and the Spirit enable us to grow in love.


As Jesus taught us, we say:

Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,

your will be done on earth as it is       

 in heaven, give us today   our daily            bread, and

Forgive us our sins

As we forgive those who sin against us.  Save us in the time of trial, and deliver us from evil, for the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and for   ever. 



First Reading

Second Reading 

Gospel Reading

For the Word of God in scripture, for the Word of God among us, for the Word of God within us

Thanks be to God 

Prayers of Intercession

Time for your own prayers to God… 


 O Christ, the Master Carpenter,

Who at the last, through wood and nails, purchased our whole salvation,

Wield well your tools in the workshop of your world, so that we who come rough-hewn to your bench

May here be fashioned to a truer beauty of your hand. We ask it for your own name’s sake.



Closing Prayer 

This is the day that God has  made;

we will rejoice and be glad in  it.

We will not offer to God

offerings that cost us nothing.

This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it.


This gospel story is  set around a death but is not primarily about about death.

The people of the story all serve to make a point and teach us something about God’s kingdom and our own destiny.

I suppose one burning question for Martha is the same for us. Why did Jesus wait? He waited two days because this was not going to be a healing.  It was a resurrection to life.

To carry do this Jesus travelled into harms way to the dismay  for his disciples. He was to demonstrate that he,  the true source of life itself, has the power to restore life to inanimate bones. 

What can we learn about this from these people our eyewitnesses?

The disciple Thomas, usually remembered as the faithless one, faced reality of the risen Christ after Easter day. . He shows courage and faith over the fear of  his friends to be the first follow Jesus on his  dangerous journey.

Martha usually remembered as  the sister  too busy to hear Jesus but now she runs to Jesus and when asked, declares her faith and belief in what seems impossible.

Mary the sister who stayed in the house with consoling  friends. She answers the call of hope, taking her visitors and friends to be witnesses of the miracle, even though she thinks it is too late for Jesus to do anything.

The Jews who had come from around the area, as was traditional, to be with the mourning sisters. Not as followers, come to the house expecting to see Jesus. They too became witnesses to the event; and many of them came to believe through this.

Some of the Jews turned away. What happened to them? Perhaps some of them went on to plot the murder of Jesus, hardened opponents feeling threatened. Some, their cosy lives challenged, maybe  too proud to modify their traditional beliefs.  Denying the great power they had just witnessed. The truth and call that is just too life changing accept.

Do we see the very human strengths and weaknesses in this story in ourselves? I guess in truth at different seasons our life we have been in the same place nor relationship with the Lord. 

Jesus loved this family. And he loves us too. And accepts us as are  and have been to lead to us to what he wants us to be.

Here, He experienced some of our deepest emotions: grief that moves to tears,  compassion, deep love  and maybe exasperation.

His divinity shines into these human trials. And makes it clear it all happens to point to the glory of God and our true life which is with Him. That is a promise of joy for us.

It is not just a story of a dead man risen it is about us being Dead to Sin and Alive to God.




“Love Alone Overcomes Fear 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

It is shocking to think how much the world has changed in such a brief time. Each of us has had our lives and communities disrupted. Of course, I am here in this with you.

Fr.Richard Rohr”

I read this in his daily contemplation 5 days ago. It was disconcerting but  true to as the effect on our day to day activities and relationships.

How much more so is that apparent following the decision last night to ‘Lock down’ our families and communities even further.

Fr. Richard said an important thing : “I am here in this with you.”

At the Rectory we have had to self isolate for a week now. But always with a sense that we are with others. It is important that  we remain in touch by phone, or social media. 

On Sunday we had a family Sunday lunch by Face-time live video together with our family in Glasgow and Kiev Ukraine! I was sceptical about the affair; but after a few minutes it seemed quite natural. Although my 18 month old grandson Leo was bemused at the adults singing the baby Shark song to him with the actions!

To help keep in touch, if you would like to join a telephone circle of support or email to keep in contact with others – please let me have your contact details. It doesn’t have to be a lengthy conversation! Just “hello how are you doing?” can suffice.

I am always available by phone or email so please call if you want me to pray about anything for you, or pray with you over the phone, or email or social media.

It would be nice if you would like to join a ‘prayer chain’ with us. I would pass a request for prayer to the participants which may be anonymous.  It will be a great comfort in trying times. 

If you run out of supplies let us know to see if we can supply something for you. 

We also have a promise from Jesus:

Matthew 28:20 … and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

And to paraphrase  Fr, Richard:  “We are in this together”

May God Bless protect and comfort you and those you love.

Love and Peace