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February 2024: Ambient prayer 2

Grace February 2024 Ambient prayer 2 flyer

Set up:

For a general explanation and setup see Ambient prayer 1.

Slideshow here

Movie used for the 'settle' section here

Prayer card here

Music:

Playlists:

Spotify
Apple Music

Tracks are:

Cloister - Loscil
We are dust - Halftribe
Oto - Fennesz and Sakamoto
Azzolini and the branch brothers meet being - Two Lone Swordsmen
The Fourth State - Jon Hopkins
Singing Bowl - Jon Hopkins
Silence 6 minutes - Silent moments
Empathy - Watercolors
Enfold - Madeleine Cocolas
Subtle body - Fila Brazillia

Order of service:

Arrival - music playing
Cloister - Loscil
We are dust - Halftribe

Welcome - brief explanation of what will happen, give out prayer cards

settle

Oto - Fennesz and Sakamoto

lights change to darker, a candle is lit

opening prayer

turn towards god
with all of your being
throw your turbulent concerns, your anxieties and joys
into the calm and unfathomable sea of god
let them sink down until the ripples have ceased
do not look for them
or cast lines into the depths to fish for them
holy god, holy and eternal
maker and sustainer of all things
calm the storms of our hearts and minds
carry us in the ship of your love
across the reflecting sea of prayer
guided by your Son
amen

and then let track play

collect:

all say together

Lay your weary head on me
I’ll break you off a bit of peace
I’ll be air that you can breathe

(From Hymn by Daudi Matsiko)

descent

Azzolini and the branch brothers meet being - Two Lone Swordsmen

introduce centring prayer and leave people to it

Use breathing as means of prayer
Pray with your breaths in and out
Choose a word to come back to when you drift

collect

all say together

meditation

The Fourth State - Jon Hopkins

Lectio divina

This is a meditation on a passage of scripture that is in four stages as follows:

  • Read the passage slowly several times, letting your awareness rest on each word. Listen for the still small voice of God. Be aware of any word or phrase that catches your attention.
  • Meditate on the word or phrase that caught your attention. Notice any connections, emotions or memories the word may stir up.
  • Speak asking God why this word caught your attention. What is God trying to tell you? Dialogue with God about what you’re sensing.
  • Contemplate resting in God’s presence.

Matthew 5:3-10 (First Nations Version)

Creator’s blessing rests on the poor, the ones with broken spirits.
The good road from above is theirs to walk.

Creator’s blessing rests on the ones who walk a trail of tears,
for Creator will wipe the tears from their eyes and comfort them.

Creator’s blessing rests on the ones who walk softly and in a humble manner.
The earth, land, and sky will welcome them and always be their home.

Creator’s blessing rests on the ones who are merciful and kind to others.
Their kindness will find its way back to them — full circle.

Creator’s blessing rests on the pure of heart.
They are the ones who will see the Great Spirit.

Creator’s blessing rests on the ones who make peace.
It will be said of them, “They are children of the Great Spirit!”

Creator’s blessing rests on the ones who are hunted down and mistreated for doing what is right,
for they are walking the good road from above.

collect

all say together

silence

Singing Bowl - Jon Hopkins

ring a bell and then silence 6 minutes

collect

all say together

ascent

Empathy - Watercolors

play a couple of minutes

closing prayer

return clean from prayer to the world
and love it more
let calm trust in god be rooted in you
like a tree that stands secure
become shelter and healing to those around you
bear fruit
holy god, holy and eternal
maker and sustainer of all things
fill us with the strong hope of your spirit
help us plant the seeds of your love
into the broken ground of the world
watered by your Son
amen

and let tracks play

Enfold - Madeleine Cocolas
Subtle body - Fila Brazillia

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