Online Worship Archive

Welcome to this online service of worship from Mayfield Salibury Parish Church.  The YouTube playlist may be found here or view below.

 
 

Second Sunday in Lent
 Sunday 28 February 2021

 

'If any want to become my followers…,’ Jesus says.
Following him is not something that is self-evident,
even among the disciples. No one can be forced,
no one can be expected to follow him. ... ‘If any
want to follow me, they must deny themselves...
and take up their cross.'

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

  

AS A DIVERSE PEOPLE, THE CHURCH GATHERS TO WORSHIP ALMIGHTY GOD

 

ChristCrucifiedJohn Petts

‘Christ Crucified’, John Petts,
16th Street Baptist Church,
Birmingham, Alabama

Introduction   Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth

 

Call to Worship

Leader: From Bethlehem to Nazareth
From Jordan to Jericho
From Bethany to Jerusalem
ALL: COME, LORD JESUS

Leader: To heal the sick
To mend the broken-hearted
To comfort the disturbed
To disturb the comfortable
To cleanse the temple
To liberate the faith
ALL: COME, LORD JESUS

Leader: To carry the cross,
To lead the way
To shoulder the sins of the world
And take them away
ALL: COME, LORD JESUS

Leader: Today,
In this time,
To us
Maranatha
ALL: COME, LORD JESUS

 

Prayer of Praise, Approach and Confession

Our Father in heaven, HALLOWED BY YOUR NAME.

Early in the morning,
When the world was young,
You made life in all its beauty and brokenness,
You gave birth to all that we know.

Early in the morning,
When the world least expected it,
A new born baby lay crying in a stable,
Announcing that you had come among us as a living God,
That you were also one of us,
HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME.

Early in the morning,
In front of self-righteous religious leaders and silent friends,
You accepted the ultimate penalty for doing good, for being God,
You shouldered and suffered the cross.

Early in the morning,
A voice in the guarded graveyard,
And footsteps in the dew,
Announced that you had risen from the dead,
That you had come back,
To those and for those that had forgotten, denied and destroyed you.
HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME.

Lord Jesus Christ,
You called your disciples to join you on the way to the cross and to the place of resurrection
Since you first walked that road countless millions have taken up their cross and followed you
We gather today in a city and country where generations have shown the strength, the courage, the perseverance of faith in the Gospel,
In all that we try to do as your disciples in our lives,
Help us in our weakness to carry our cross,
Save us from a false familiarity with that journey
May we never presume to step into your shoes
But make us small enough to fit our own
And to walk in love and wonder behind you.
HALLOWED BY YOUR NAME

In this time of Lent as we too journey towards the cross and the resurrection, forgive us, if we have laid the burdens of faith down, set them aside for an easier life, longing for a walk for a smoother path, an easier gospel, a lighter cross, a less demanding saviour

At this time of Lent, and in these times of continuing worry and concern over coronavirus, of exhaustion at the seemingly endless lockdown and the physical and emotional demands its places upon us, we return to the greatest gift and hope the world has known, that you so loved the world that you gave your only son, that all who believe in Him might have life in all its fullness, in this world and the next. Renew our trust, our hope, our joy in the Gospel. Forgive our unfaithfulness, our weak words, our timidity, our denial.

Lord, give us not the easy road we desire tomorrow, but the grace and hope you offer today through Jesus Christ, in whose words of prayer we now join together:

The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.  

Collect for the Day
Almighty God, by the prayer and discipline of Lent may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings, and by following in his Way come to share in his glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

All-Age Address  Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth

How are you doing? Is home schooling going OK? Hoping to get back soon to see your friends? I’m looking forward very much to you being back in church on a Sunday and actually to meeting you – that will be wonderful!

Now, you’ll have seen this symbol before. It is of course the cross, and that is such an important sign to keep in our minds as we get towards Easter, because it represents the cross on which Jesus died on the Friday of Easter before he came back to life on Easter Sunday. And so for Christians around the world it is such an important symbol that you’ll see it on jewellery like necklaces and rings, you’ll see it on T-shirts and even tattoos, and you’ll see it on signs in churches and in ornaments that we have in our homes. These ones that are in my house are special to me in different ways, because they remind me of people and places that I have been….

In our Bible story today, Jesus said to those around him that if they wanted to follow him, they has to put their own feelings to one side and carry their own cross. Now what can that mean? Does it mean I have to carry this around everywhere I go? Surely not – that’s going to look a bit daft if I’m walking my dog or at the supermarket!

Cross4

 

No, what Jesus meant is that if we want to be his followers, we’ve got to mean it. We’ve got to ‘walk the walk’ as well as ‘talk the talk’. We’ve got to use the gifts we’ve been given by God, even though sometimes that might not seem the easiest thing to do, or even if it might cause us some struggles in our lives. If we didn’t use what God has given to us, it would be a bit like me giving you this lovely pen, and it sits on a desk and no-one ever writes with it. Or I give you my guitar and you never play it. Or how about these maracas – fairly pointless without doing this!!


God has made you with so many good parts of who you are and what you can do. You might be really good at thinking, or singing, or dancing, or building, or baking, or writing, or art, or sport or anything. And if we’re to follow Jesus, we’ve got to use these gifts we have been given to help others, not just ourselves, even if it sometimes feels too hard, or a bit too much effort, too much of a struggle do so. So as we’re able to do a little more in the next few weeks, think what you could do with what you’re good at to help out, maybe for your friends that you’re missing, maybe your Mum or your Dad who are working hard, maybe your Gran or Grandpa who are looking forward so much to seeing you again. And take care until we do get to meet soon!

 

Three Crosses Small

 

Let’s pray together:
Thank you God for the words we are good at using,
the things we really enjoy doing, and that we can do well,
Help us to do them as best we can,
so that we can help other people we know,
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

HYMN 533   Will you come and follow me 

Will you come and follow me
if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don't know
and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown,
will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown
in you and you in me?

Will you leave yourself behind
if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind
and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare
should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer
in you and you in me?

Will you love the 'you' you hide
if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside
and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you've found
to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound
in you and you in me?

Lord, your summons echoes true
when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you
and never be the same.
In your company I'll go
where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I'll move and live and grow
in you and you in me.

John L. Bell (b.1949) and Graham Maule (b.1958)
Words and Music: (c) Wild Goose Resource Group
Played by Kate Pearson
Sung by Stuart Mitchell

 

 

 

WE LISTEN FOR THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN SCRIPTURE

 

 

Reading Genesis 17:1 - 7, 15 - 16
NRSVA  
Wendy Mathison


 
 

Reflection    Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth

Don’t you sometimes wish you were born a thousand years ago? Just think of all the history you wouldn’t have had to learn at school. You’d have avoided having to learn that, contrary to what some have stated in school tests, King Arthur’s round table was not designed by Sir Cumference and Camelot was not a large gathering of hump backed desert animals. And that the answer to the question, ‘when Elizabeth I came to the throne, what was the first thing she did?’, is not ‘sat down’.

Henry Ford famously said in 1916 "History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history that we make today." In the lockdown over the past year, it seems as if history has almost stood still and that no history has been made today. That the history books for 2020 and 2021 will be blank except for the description ‘COVID-19’. Even challenging stories like the fate of the Dubai princesses or the commotion at Holyrood now seem, perversely, like a mild relief on the news.

But we can’t get away from the history of our faith, wipe it out as we slowly emerge from the pandemic, form a clean slate, and start a new church from year zero. It’s written in the pages of a book which we are called to interpret and apply anew through the lenses of every nation, culture and generation. It’s in the lives and witness of the countless billions over the past two thousand years. It’s all round the walls of where we worship. It’s in our own hearts and minds with memories of dear members of our families, and close friends, who have kept the faith alive, and inspired us to walk with them as they follow Christ.

Every time we worship the weight of history is upon us. The weight of the personal history of faith of each one of us. The still, small voice which called us first to worship. The stirrings in our hearts which bring a sense now of God’s presence in our lives. The challenges of faith, the doubts that human suffering and rational scientific knowledge bring.

And the re-assurances of God’s promises – fleeting passages perhaps from scripture, or a line in a hymn, a word in a prayer or a sermon, which make us grasp again onto that security that God exists, that Jesus Christ’s truth claims may indeed have been true, and that through him there may indeed be a real promise of renewal, forgiveness, reconciliation with a God from whom we might feel distant.

Each one of us brings the weight of our history of faith to your worship, with all its half-recalled words, incomplete understandings, doubts and fears, but also triumphs and joys. And our stage in the journey informs how we give ourselves to God in worship and how we take from Him. Whether our ears and our hearts are open, or whether they are inching towards closure by the burdens of the years, and the sceptical challenges that roll around in our heads.

We all gather to worship bearing the weight of our personal history of faith. But as we bring today our past on the journey, we might too offer praise to God in the present, as we look to do every Sunday. Praise that God has brought us here, at this time, to this place in our lives, worshipping together.

It is God that has brought us here through his grace, no matter how much we value our personal choice, no matter how much, as Bonhoeffer said in the quote in the Order of Service, we need to want to follow him before our crosses are carried. That much is clear from the timeless covenant that God makes with Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 17.

 

Bundesarchiv Bild 146 1987 074 16 Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer c.1906 - CC BY-SA 3.0 de

Covenant means blessing, promise, bond, commandment, both to them and the people of Israel; that they will be the ancestors of great nations and kings, all the way down to Christ himself, Abraham indeed the father of the world’s three great monotheistic religions. And this covenant is initiated by God – verses 2 and 7, God says ‘I will make my covenant between me and you’. And from that, then and now in our new covenant with Jesus Christ, we are called to respond in a life of faithfulness, the kind of unconditional trust that Abraham and Sarah showed before and afterwards, a discipleship where we are re-named like they were by God. The kind of trust, faithfulness and discipleship that Jesus calls us towards in our passage from Mark’s Gospel today, when he says set your own desires aside, take up your cross and follow me.

This is the weight of Christian history that is upon us every time we approach God, every time we worship as we are now.

This week my Facebook account through out a bit of personal history. A reminder of one year ago, when last February I was part of a group of staff in charge of a trip to Rome for ministry candidates from Edinburgh and Glasgow. I had the privilege one year ago, shortly before the pandemic arrived, of leading a communion service in the catacombs of Priscilla, the underground burial chamber for thousand of Christians. As I stood leading communion in a small chapel in the catacombs, the walls spoke of our fellow Christians of the second to fourth centuries, the often persecuted people of God, disciples of Jesus Christ, the deeply faithful, the strongly committed, by the light of their oil lamps singing praises to God as they buried their dead, reciting scripture, heads bowed in prayer, calling to God into the heart of suffering, giving thanks for life, the memory of Christ and the promise of resurrection, just as we do now so many centuries later. In that place, the weight of our shared Christian history across the centuries seem to seep into our very bones.

There is a chasm between us and the early Christians in time, culture, scientific knowledge, life experience. So what is the common bond that unites us? It is the heritage of our faith. The enormity of belief. The wonder of God. The blessing of the incarnation. The scandal of the cross. The promise of renewal. The hope for all humanity. The continuation of the covenant that God established with the people of Israel through Abraham and Sarah, now broadcast to all the world in the new covenant through Christ. Countless generations setting themselves aside, carrying their cross and following Jesus. Can we not feel it resonating down the centuries, lapsed in time?

How then ought that weight of history inform our future?  Perhaps we might take principally from the past the inspiration of the discipleship of those who have gone before us, in their dedication and commitment to faith. The echoes are heard in living out the three huge challenges of being a follower of Jesus in verses 34 to 37 of Mark Ch 8.

Here’s the first, verse 34, Jesus said:

‘Anyone who wants to be a follower of mine must renounce self, he must take up his cross and follow me’.

What kind of offer is that? It’s not much of a bribe or an inducement. No Easter holiday special offer going on here. This is not the work of slick salesman or a conman. I don’t know if you’ve seen the film The Darkest Hour, with Gary Oldman’s brilliant portrayal of Winston Churchill as he took over the reins of power in WWII with Britain in crisis and the Nazis at the door. Jesus’ offer reminds me of Churchill’s words at that very point, when he said that he had nothing to offer the British people but ‘blood, sweat and tears’. Jesus did not promise an easy life, but he offered us also to take up our crosses, to engage in a devoted faith, to use our gifts for the good of others, perhaps even to walk as he did in suffering, and to release our desires as subordinate to those of God.


The second challenge is related from verse 35: ‘whoever wants to save their lives will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will save it’.

Now I don’t think Jesus was calling out literally for martyrdom. Instead, like the story of Jonah, he was saying if you walk the path that God forms for you in your life, that is the road towards salvation, but if you walk your own path completely oblivious to God, life in all its fulness in this world and the next will not be yours.

And the final challenge, verse 36 – what does anyone gain by winning the whole world at the cost of his life? Jesus is saying here, where do we put your values in our lives? How do we define success? Do we sacrifice honour for profit? Do we discard principles for popularity? Swap silence for speaking out? Seek a quick fix instead of a long-term commitment? Drop eternity for the moment? In other words, do we see things as we do, rather than as God does?

All very well, ‘easy for you to say’ you might be thinking, but this all seems rather daunting, impossible even. How can we ever achieve those kinds of perfection? Setting our own desires aside, give up ourselves for God. Of course none of us will perfectly fulfil any of these challenges.

On one level, we are doomed to failure, before we even get started. For we are not Christ, we are imperfect, we might try but find the depth of responsibility and the requirements of a fully faithful life are all too difficult. And that too is a legacy from our forebears. Very few were saints. All bore their imperfections, their temptations, their all too human brokenness. Our destiny, like theirs, is that we might only ever bear a tarnished fraction of Christ’s image. But that should be a re-assurance, not a stumbling block.

It is seeking to take on these challenges rather than their perfect achievement that is the weight and memory of Christian history, in the way in which Christ’s disciples since His times have tried to live them out – to be as Christlike as their humanity will allow. That is what spurs us on, the goal to which we too are called to aspire. Yes, looking back like this lets God in, if it inspires us, shapes us and guides us as best can be, and does not simply depress us, or cause us to run a mile. Living the Christian faith should not be centred on guilt or inadequacy, but on inspiration.

But it is not just looking back for the sake of it. Looking back forces God out if it prevents us thinking also of the present and looking to the future, if it blinds us to where God is leading us now, so that we no longer have a vision or path for what might be. The tied down, concrete, immovable past can shut out the open ended, liberated, future.

The key for ourselves as Christians and as a church as we emerge towards a post-COVID world is not despair at the depth of the challenge, or nostalgia for better days in the recent past. For as they say, ‘nostalgia ain’t what is used to be’. The key is still our memory of 2000 years of imperfect but focused faithfulness. Today, as in every worship service since the resurrection of Christ, we bring the weight of history, and in doing so as his disciples now we give thanks for the road that has brought us here; for our unity with Christ as a church in these moments together, as our forebears have experienced also over two millennia; and for God strongly forging our future in Christ in his covenant with us and in the joy of the Gospel; this is truly a place of living history. Amen.

 

 

RESPONSE TO THE SPIRIT OF GOD WITHIN

 

 

Anthem    O Saviour of the World

O Saviour of the World,
who by thy cross and precious blood hast redeemed us.
Save us and help us, we humbly beseech Thee, O Lord.
Amen

Words: Collect for visitation of the sick
Music: John Goss (1800 to 1880)
Sung by the Chamber Group

Notes: John Goss (composer of Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven) was organist at St Paul’s Cathedral. The anthem is a fine example of Victorian sacred choral music with an elegant melodic line and much repeated text. It twice reaches climaxes to emphasise the words 'who by thy Cross and precious Blood'.

  

Prayer    Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth
and for Others

Gracious God,
God of Sarah and Abraham,
long ago you embraced your people in covenant
and promised them your blessing,
strengthen us in faith.

God of the covenant,
For all you have given us in our great heritage of faith,
All you will give us,
And all you give us here and now,
We offer you our thanks and our praise in the name of Christ, and we dedicate ourselves to you. Inspired by our past, lead us forward into the future in your Name.
Lord God, this morning, in the weight of history and from this sacred place, where your faithful followers have gathered in three centuries, in the company of your church here on earth and in heaven,
We celebrate your creation, your life, your death and resurrection
And so we pray, bring new creation and resurrection from the desructions that the pandemic has inflicted across your world, and out of the mess that humanity has created, bring peace, justice, harmony and reconciliation, and care for our planet’s dwindling resources

Bring resurrection to those who are prisoners of themselves, who yearn for joy and freedom
Bring new life where those we love are worn or tired, are hurt or wounded, are struggling with physical or mental illness; we name them now in a moment of silence

Bring your presence, to guide, to release, to comfort, to hold fast those we have named

Loving God, may the prayers we offer
be your channel for new and abundant life in all its fullness,
not only hoped for,
but worked for,
through faithful word and deed. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

 

HYMN 159    Lord, for the years

Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided,
urged and inspired us, cheered us on our way,
sought us and saved us, pardoned and provided,
Lord of the years, we bring our thanks today.

Lord, for that word, the Word of life which fires us,
speaks to our hearts and sets our souls ablaze,
teaches and trains, rebukes us and inspires us,
Lord of the word, receive your people's praise.

Lord, for our land, in this our generation,
spirits oppressed by pleasure, wealth and care;
for young and old, for commonwealth and nation,
Lord of our land, be pleased to hear our prayer.

Lord, for our world; when we disown and doubt him,
loveless in strength, and comfortless in pain;
hungry and helpless, lost indeed without him,
Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign.

Lord, for ourselves; in living power remake us,
self on the cross and Christ upon the throne;
past put behind us, for the future take us,
Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone.

Timothy Dudley-Smith (b.1926)
Sung by the Mayfield Salisbury Chamber Group


 

 

Closing Responses    Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth
and Benediction 
(by Kathy Galloway)


Blessing and laughter and loving be yours
The love of a great God
Who names you
And holds you
While the earth turns and the flowers grow
This moment
This day
And forever
Amen.


 

 

HYMN 825   Amen

Amen! Amen! Amen! Amen! Amen.


 

INTIMATIONS

 

 

CORNERSTONE BOOKSHOP    If you are looking for a book to help you on your inward journey, expand your knowledge of Christian history, doctrine or the Bible, then please support our local bookshop Cornerstone Books.

The physical store is closed during Level 4 restrictions, but purchases can be made at  www.bookshop.org - nominating Cornerstone for all your book buying needs.  More information at: www.cornerstonebooks.org.uk  

 

OFFERING The Church is very grateful to all those who continue to support it through their regular and one-off donations, now possible through standing order or the ‘give.net’ facility on the website www.give.net/20311853 So many members have kindly changed from Freewill Offering Envelopes to standing order that envelopes will not be distributed in future. Because of ongoing concerns regarding Covid19 it is not known when open plate offerings will recommence. If you wish to discuss the manner of your future offerings please feel free to contact me using the details shown on the last page of the Grapevine parish magazine.  Hugh Somerville

 

YOUTH WORSHIP  Tonight, 28 February, we will meet on Zoom for a Youth Worship service at 7pm. Please bring some colouring and writing supplies as we gather together with music, prayer and time for reflection! For the Zoom log-in information, please contact Hillary. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


PASTORAL CARE   Remember we need you to inform us if someone is ill or due to go into hospital. Perhaps you would now like to have a pastoral visitor or receive a regular phone call?We would be delighted to hear from you and will respond to your request. Contact Kay on 07903 266 307.

ECO UPDATES  Please read our Eco Group page on the church website here: www.mayfieldsalisbury.org/eco

FORTHCOMING SERVICES AT MAYFIELD SALISBURY PARISH CHURCH 

Sunday 7 March Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth
8.00am onwards Online Worship: Website
8.00am onwards Phone Worship: Dial-a-Sermon
Note: No Services in the Sanctuary

MIDWEEK PEACE AND PRAYERS  Midweek peace and prayers will not take place until further notice.

  


 

Recommended Daily MeditationsFr Richard Rohr at www.cac.org      Also, see www.pray-as-you-go.org

Books for the Journey

A Literary Christmas  British Library Publishing 2018 and 
The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark’s Gospel by Helen K Bond  WB Eerdmans Publishing 2020

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Quotations

  • Because God is both knowable and unknowable the tension of the symbol, the multilayers of the myth and the openness of the poetic are all vital to our desire to celebrate the Mystery to whom we relate and in whom we have our being.
    Mark Oakley

  • You must love him as he is: neither God, nor spirit, nor image; even more, the One without commingling, pure, luminous ...

    Meister Eckhart

  • The purpose of our life is God's glory. However lowly a life is, that is what makes it great.
    Oscar Romero

  • Faith may justify bigotry or fanaticism, as Church history tragically witnesses. It needs a safeguard. If it is not animated as it were by the greatest of the theological virtues (love), faith can become defective.
    Thomas Norris

  • Dry not, dry not, your tears of love eternal! Only to eyes that fail to weep does this world seem so dull and dead. Dry not, dry not, those long, sad tears of love.
    Johann von Goette

  • The post modern paradigm manifests itself as a unity which preserves diversity and diversity which strives after unity.
    David Bosch

  • There is only one assertion that requires no evidence. Children are a sacred trust...Unless we care properly for our children, we shall never build a better world.
    'A Good Childhood’ The Children’s Society

  • These are only hints and guesses, hints followed by guesses; and the rest is prayer.
    'The Dry Salvages' T.S.Eliot

  • According to strict truth, God is incomprehensible, and incapable of being measured.
    Origen

  • Myth is a story about the way things never were, but always are.
    Thomas Mann

  • In the darkness ...The child of your love - and now become as the most hated one - the one You have thrown away as unwanted - unloved ..... The darkness is so dark .... I have no faith.
    Mother Teresa

  • I love the Bible. I owe my faith and my life to the Bible and its liberating message. It is in the Bible that I first met Jesus ... I too am included in God's embrace.
    Gene Robinson

  • It is this great absence that is like a presence, that compels me to address it without hope of a reply ....
    R.S. Thomas

  • Faith is not a proud self-consistent philosophy. It involves maintaining oneself between contradictions that can't be solved by analysis. It is therefore a living response to the grace of God as revealed in fragile lives.
    Mark Oakley

  • Any religion which does not say that God is hidden is not true.
    Blaise Pascal

  • The contemporary Church is losing aspects of its wide and generous memory and therefore condemning itself to become a 'swimming pool Church' - one that has all the noise coming from the shallow end.
    Mark Oakley

  • For all your doctrinal headaches take Paradox.
    Mark Oakley

  • The true vision and the true knowledge of what we seek consists precisely in not seeing, in an awareness that our goal transcends all knowledge and is everywhere cut off from us by the darkness of incomprehensibility.
    St Gregory of Nyssa

  • Death, death be hanged, the Lord has promised me that I shall live. This I believe!
    Martin Luther

  • We feel that even when all possible scientific questions have been answered, the problems of life have not been put to rest.
    Wittgenstein

  • Religion is the flight of the alone to the Alone.
    Plotinus

  • Stupid clergymen appeal quite directly to a Bible passage directly understood ....
    Soren Kirkegaard

  • What is the point of the arts of reading and criticism as long as the ecclesiastical interpretation of the Bible, Protestant as well as Catholic, is cultivated as ever?
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • A figure like Ecclesiast, rugged and luminous, chants in the dark a text that is the answer, although obscure.
    Wallace Stevens

  • Myth is the poetry of the soul.
    Sara Maitland

  • Our loss of the ability to think mythically, poetically, allegorically, creatively, theologically, and artfully is a greater threat to our religious experience than anything good scientists have to report ...
    Sara Maitland

  • In general, Zen attitude is that words and truth are incompatible, or at least that no words can capture truth.
    Douglas Hofstadter

  • 'God' is a one word poem
    Rowan Williams

  • What is today? Today is eternity.
    Meister Eckhart

  • Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things.
    Meister Eckhart

  • The most powerful hunger we have, mostly suppressed and misdirected, is the hunger for God.
    Miroslav Volf

  • We frequently judge that things are as we wish them to be, for through personal feeling true perspective is easily lost.
    Thomas a Kempis

  • Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
    Rabindranath Tagore

  • God is the beyond in our midst.
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • 'God is not the answer, God is the question.'
    Herbert McCabe