Reflection One: The Cleansing of the Temple
Play some introductory music (About 2 mins worth. Ask God to help you settle, to put away the things of the day and to concentrate upon Him.)
Now watch Frances as she leads our reflections. If you have not been able to print the booklet you will find the prayers and readings below.
After the time of meditation, Frances continues to lead our prayers in a second video at Father Forgive below.
We keep silence
O God make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Let your ways be known on earth
your saving power among the nations.
That this evening may be holy, good & peaceful,
let us pray with one heart and mind.
We pray in silence for a moment.
As our evening prayer rises before you, O God,
so may your mercy come down upon us
to cleanse our hearts
and set us free to sing your praise
now and for ever. Amen
Reading Mark 11.15-19
Time to mediate and pray
(put on some music if you wish)
- What makes me angry?
- Am I right to be angry about such things?
- What should I be angry about? Show me, Lord.
- What do I do which makes it harder for others I know (such as my family or my close friends) to come to you, Father?
- What do we do as Your church in Oxshott, which makes it harder for others in our community to come to know you, Father?
- What do you want to say to me, Lord?
God shows his love for us
in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Let us then show our love for him
by confessing our sins in penitence and faith.
God of mercy,
we acknowledge that we are all sinners.
We turn from the wrong that we have thought, said and done,
and are mindful of all that we have failed to do.
For the sake of Jesus, who died for us,
forgive us for all that is past,
and help us to live each day
in the light of Christ our Lord.
The assurance of forgiveness
The evening collect
Lighten our darkness,
Lord we pray,
and in your great mercy
defend us from all perils
and dangers of this night,
for the love of your only son,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen
Music to finish