Give us pure hearts and steadfast wills to worship……

Almighty God,
whose only Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence:
give us pure hearts and steadfast wills
to worship you in spirit and in truth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
Amen

Common Worship 14th Sunday after Trinity

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John Donne – sonnet ….

I have been recently been inspired again by this passionate sonnet where the author prays for God to invade his heart as he sees it as the only way to know God experientially – ‘transformatively’ ……..

BATTER my heart, three person’d God; for, you
As yet but knocke, breathe, shine, and seeke to mend;
That I may rise, and stand, o’erthrow mee,’and bend
Your force, to breake, blowe, burn and make me new.
I, like an usurpt towne, to’another due,
Labour to’admit you, but Oh, to no end,
Reason your viceroy in mee, mee should defend,
But is captiv’d, and proves weake or untrue.
Yet dearely’I love you,’and would be loved faine,
But am betroth’d unto your enemie:
Divorce mee,’untie, or breake that knot againe;
Take mee to you, imprison mee, for I
Except you’enthrall mee, never shall be free,
Nor ever chast, except you ravish mee.
 
John Donne 1572-1631

Let the whole earth tremble before him …..


O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;
let the whole earth tremble before him.
 
Tell it out among the nations that the Lord is King.
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
 
Tell out his salvation from day to day.
Let the whole earth tremble before him.
 
Declare his glory among the nations
and his wonders among all peoples.
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;
let the whole earth tremble before him.
 
from Psalm 96
from Common Worship
beauty and awe……..  
purity and beauty…..