The service opens with an instrumental version of the Taize chant ‘Wait for the Lord’ by Annamaria Kertesz.
The focus for the service is ‘The Song of Mary’ or Magnificat from Luke 1. 46-55. Mary’s ‘YES’ to all that God was asking of her in bearing the Christ-child, is an archetypal model of how we are to be open to welcome all that life brings – the wanted and the unwanted. This is a deep – and difficult – spirituality captured in The Welcoming Prayer. This is a prayer of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. Jane reads it as an offering of prayer for this service:
Welcome, welcome, welcome.
I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment
because I know it is for my healing.
I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions,
persons, situations and conditions.
I let go of my desire for security.
I let go of my desire for approval.
I let go of my desire for control.
I let go of my desire to change any situation,
condition, person, or myself.
I open to the love and presence of God
and the healing action and grace within.
Mary Mrozowski 1925-1993
We continue to pray for Carrie Goddard, Charlie Gray, Derrick Pope, Angela Portlock, Stella Boyse, Anne-Marie, Eloise and baby Milo.
The service ends with a performance of Charles Villiers classic ‘Magnificat in C’.