US Travel Ban

Seriously?  Let’s look at some statistics…

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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God of all, we pray as one, that we may be one,
just as the Lord Jesus prayed we may be one in him.
Your Son, Jesus, compels us to be reconciled to one another.  
May our spirits be joined to your Holy Spirit,
that we may witness to the visible unity of your Church.
May we all recognise that we are truly one with you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit and grow together in peace.
We ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord.
Amen.


Peace Sunday

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The Bishops of England and Wales invite us to keep this Sunday, 15 January, as a day of prayer for world peace and to reflect on the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the annual World Peace Day: “Nonviolence – a style of politics for peace”.

Making peace starts with me

When I respect myself and other people and keep from saying or doing mean things to others.
When I listen carefully to others, especially when they disagree with me.
When I care about others’ feelings and don’t always try to get my own way.
When I say I’m sorry and mean it when I hurt another person.
When I forgive others when they hurt me, and don’t hold a grudge.
When I find safe words and ways to talk and act even when I’m angry, and try to solve problems peacefully.
When I treat the earth and all living things with care and respect.
When I find fun ways to play and TV programmes to watch that don’t make hurting others look exciting or fun.
When I can speak to others when they hurt or use harmful words, and stand up for those who are being treated unfairly.
When I follow Jesus and his way I am on a path to peace.

Adapted from Institute for Peace and Justice, USA


				

Solemnity of the Epiphany

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THE BLESSING OF HOMES

The Blessing of Homes is a time-honoured custom on the Feast of the Epiphany.  It reminds us that Christ is with us in the love and care we show one another in our ordinary, everyday lives together.  Why not have a little celebration at home today?

One custom is to trace the Cross, the initials “CMB”, and the numerals of the year on the doorway of your house (either using chalk, holy water or simply with your finger), and then share your usual Sunday meal together.  “CMB” stands for “Christus mansionem benedicat” – “May Christ bless this house!”

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