Wednesday Reflections

Reflection Three: Jesus anointed at Bethany

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.

Practical point: if you have some perfume please have it ready to spray or put a little on your hands as you begin to meditate and pray about the reading.

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 14.1-11

 

Reflection

 

Time to enter the scene (use perfume and/or music if you wish). 

  1. Have I ever experienced a time when my worship of you, Lord, has more important to me than anything else?
    1. If I haven’t, help me to worship you now in freedom, Lord.
      (Try out different physical positions for prayer.  Perhaps repeat the words of the Sanctus until you find yourself really praising God: ‘Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory: Hosanna in the highest!’)
    2. If I have, when was the last time I experienced this freedom and what stops me from feeling this liberty more often?  Spend some time with God as he shows you the answer and the way forward.
  2. When have I been critical of the way in which others worship you, Lord (you might like to look up King David’s dancing before the Lord in 2 Sam 6.14-16 as another example)? Show me so that I can seek forgiveness & find your strength to be less judgemental.
  3. What do I value more than you, Lord?  Show me and help me let go of it…

 

The Anointing at Bethany

Come close with Mary, Martha, Lazarus,
So close the candles flare with their soft breath,
And kindle heart and soul to flame within us,
Lit by these mysteries of life and death.
For beauty now begins the final movement,
In quietness and intimate encounter,
The alabaster jar of precious ointment
Is broken open for the world’s true lover.
The whole room richly fills to feast the senses
With all the yearning such a fragrance brings,
The heart is mourning but the spirit dances,
Here at the very centre of all things,
Here at the meeting place of love and loss
We all foresee and see beyond the cross.

By Malcolm Guite,
in Sounding the Seasons, 2012 Canterbury Press

Father, forgive

 

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.

 

Almighty God,
long-suffering and of great goodness:
I confess to you,
I confess with my whole heart
my neglect and forgetfulness of your commandments,
my wrong doing, thinking, and speaking;
the hurts I have done to others,
and the good I have left undone.
O God, forgive me, for I have sinned against you;
and raise me to newness of life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

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 close.