This Sufficient Silence



THIS SUFFICIENT SILENCE   ”  

Why are you so far …

… from the voice of my complaint?

In these days of mourning, we can do no more than wait on the silence.

Endurance offers the merest window into that quiet space

the source of all being where God is said to dwell -

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Heartfelt Prayers for a Generous Land



Untitled Heartfelt Prayers for a Generous Land Prayer is the generation of the intent to engage with the world in a way that is beneficial and not harmful. Prayer ... is a dialogue that begins with an undefined subtle hope for things to be better in some way and progresses to a commitment and an action plan that can be executed to make those things better. - Extracted from Exploring Chan Heartfelt Prayers for a Generous Land .... paying attention to what

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SCEGGS Darlinghurst Prayers for Staff and Students



imgres-1 Daily Prayers Word and Wisdom you enlighten our minds and search our inmost being; you are the source of knowledge the hope and goal of all creation. We are thankful for each generation of this school community; for the gifts of friends and for the wisdom of leadership. We seek a generous spirit a sense of quiet achievement a will to persevere and a life open to new discovery. Word and Wisdom giver of joy, giver of hope, giver of light our inspiration. Luceat Lux Vestra © Bill Lawton – February 1995. Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” Be among us, Spirit

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Marriage Prayers



Civil-wedding-ceremony-on-a-beach MARRIAGE PRAYERS FOR THE COUPLE Life of the universe, touch ” with the wonder of each day’s creating: keep fresh in them the love and tolerance that shapes their words of greeting and graces the discords of their lives with harmony. Bless their home that in its welcome, their friends and family may be linked in to the same search for a loving not bound by fear or prejudice. May honesty and integrity, compassion and justice awaken them to the glory of creation and to you, the Life of the universe. Amen © Bill Lawton 2003 Peace-maker and Life-giver who gathers the broken fragments of our yearning and shapes

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Infant Baptism



tzoo.e.54807.118464.yacht_ In baptism, we claim Jesus’ gift of new birth for ”; we celebrate his/her belonging and participation in the Christian community; we give thanks for the gracious promise of regeneration that will lead ” inwardly to holiness and outwardly to justice. As a member of Christ’s universal body we ask that ” will find life fulfilled by facing her/his own failings and opening to fresh possibilities. © Bill Lawton 28 December 2009 based on the post-Baptismal prayers in The Book of Common Prayer. AN EXPERIMENTAL ORDER OF INFANT BAPTISM – COMPOSED AND ADAPTED ON AND OFF DURING 2010-2015 This

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Memorials and Funerals



PRAYERS AT THE SCATTERING OF LESLIE WILLIAM GRIFFITHS’ ASHES AT BOWRAL Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to ‘die before you die’ – and find that there is no death. Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now – A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. AFFIRMATION The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die. Their going looked like disaster, their leaving us like utter destruction: but they are in peace: for though they may seem to be

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Table Graces for Daily Food



Table Graces for Daily Food

Blessed are you, Author of life; you give us food from the earth.

Blessed are you, Author of life; you make us skilled artisans in your creation.

So, we thank you for the touch of your love in the work and life’s testimony of ”,

and we ask that our fellowship in this meal may be the revelation of your presence

and turn our daily bread into the bread of life.

© Bill Lawton – 5 August 2002

To the Maker of all our inventiveness, the Companion at every feast, the Giver of Joy behind all

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