NIGHT PRAYER: Sunday 6/27

(On Sundays, Night Prayer takes its inspiration from
an element of the day's mass. Tonight we'll focus on
the healing touch of Jesus' power as revealed in the
scripture today from Mark's gospel and expressed in
John Bell's beautiful song, A Touching Place.)
Lord, we need always 
to find ourselves within touching distance of you
for you are always  
within touching distance of us...
Your Spirit is ever moving in us and around us,
guiding us, Lord, to the touching place you make
for all your friends...

And in the circle of your touching place,
teach us, Lord, to reach out in healing
to touch and lift up one another
to make of our lives, our prayer, our church
a touching place...
Let our touch be always gentle, Lord,
always soft upon another's hurt and pain
yet strong enough to mend, to heal,
to lift up those bowed down who, in turn,
bow down to raise up others
in the touching place your presence is...
Protect us while we lie awake
and watch over us we sleep, Lord,
that awake, we might keep watch with you
and asleep, rest in your peace...

 A Touching Place by John Bell 

Christ's is the world in which we move
Christ's are the folk we're summoned to love,
Christ's is the voice which calls us to care,
And Christ is the one who meets us here.
To the lost Christ shows his face,
To the unloved he gives his embrace,
To those who cry in pain or disgrace,
Christ makes, with his friends, a touching place. 
Feel for the people we most avoid,
Strange or bereaved or never employed,
Feel for the women, feel for the men
Who fear that their living is all in vain. 

Feel for the parents who've lost their child,
Feel for the women whom men have defiled,
Feel for the baby for whom there's no breast,
And feel for the weary who find no rest.
Feel for the lives by life confused,
Riddled with doubt, in loving abused,
Feel for the lonely heart, conscious of sin,
Which longs to be pure but fears to begin.


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