Sunday, 8 September 2013

Every day with Jesus - saying the Jesus Prayer 6

Up at 7.00 this morning with still some work to do in preparation for this morning services - a Holy Communion and an All Age service. Said the Jesus Prayer 100 times although this time followed the practice of Frederica Mathewes-Green which she records in her book on the Jesus Prayer. When she says the Prayer and gets distracted she retraces her steps and says the 'missed' prayers over again from roughly where she wandered from the path.

Started my time with a few of the prayers from Orthodox Morning prayer to "warm up your heart" and then slowly said the Prayer.

Nothing to report in respect of saying the prayer other than the usual, but it accomplished one thing. Having tuned my heart to God it seemed to create a stillness in me that enabled me to lead the services prayerfully - and, I hope, meaningfully. It also provided me with thoughts about the short talk I usually give at the 9.00 Holy Communion service which was based on the story of the ten lepers in Luke 17. Here we find an echo of the Jesus Prayer as the lepers cry out "Jesus, master, have mercy on us." Jesus answers their cry for help but only one receives the wholeness or salvation God offers. It is a wholeness that encompasses not just our bodies but our hearts, our minds and our souls also. This salvation therefore enables us to "love The Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and body."

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