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Listing May - 2021
 
  Monday
May-10
Thought For The Week

'A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.' ~Chinese Proverb

Listening to the birds sing early in the morning is always such a special moment. The dawn chorus is one of the most magical experiences in nature, a multitude of birds of many different species all singing together in harmony as morning breaks and light begins to fill the skies. It is nature's most impressive and special concert available.

While it may sound like beautiful music to our ears, to the birds it is something quite different. It is a way for rival males to establish its territory and attract a mate. So the louder your song and the more time you spend singing it, gives you a much better chance of claiming the best territory.

When I hear the birds sing so beautifully these mornings, I call it 'Morning Prayer'. I usually open the window and let the beautiful sounds drift in. It becomes a prayer moment for me. Just as they are welcoming in the day in great song, I welcome in the day too in my own simple way. Every day is God's precious gift to us. It is a new beginning, a fresh start with lots of opportunities awaiting us. My prayer is one of thanks for this new day and one of blessing, asking God to bless me through this day, whatever comes my way.

So I invite you to tune into the dawn chorus too. Instead of having the radio on loudly, why not turn it off one morning when you wake and just listen, even for a minute. You will be amazed at the sounds you will hear.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-09
Thought For The Week

We need to be aware that drifting off course is almost a certainty. As in sailing, the wind - its direction, force and velocity can easily knock us off course. Our job as followers of Christ is to fight to stay on course' ~Martin Tierney

The phrase 'drift away' is a nautical one and describes how a boat or ship can drift off course. Even the most experienced sailor is constantly working to counter drifting away. The same is also true of our own lives. There are many things that happen each day that can throw us off course and allow us to drift.

Sometimes we might not even be aware we are drifting. It is good to check in with ourselves once in a while. The lockdowns have impacted on all of us. As we slowly emerge from the latest lockdown, we look forward to returning to more normal routines. Things we completely took for granted before will be appreciated even more now.

But this is also an ideal time to make some changes. Why should we return to stuff that we know is no longer live giving for us. Only we ourselves know what this might be. This means we are no longer drifting. We are now doing things that are good and life giving for us.

This has spiritual implications too. Any time set aside for quiet time, reflection or prayer is one way of stopping the drift. It is a good place to be. A simple prayer could be: "Lord, I feel I am drifting in life. Please help me back on track again".
 
 
 
  Saturday
May-08
Thought For The Week

We need to be aware that drifting off course is almost a certainty. As in sailing, the wind - its direction, force and velocity can easily knock us off course. Our job as followers of Christ is to fight to stay on course' ~Martin Tierney

The phrase 'drift away' is a nautical one and describes how a boat or ship can drift off course. Even the most experienced sailor is constantly working to counter drifting away. The same is also true of our own lives. There are many things that happen each day that can throw us off course and allow us to drift.

Sometimes we might not even be aware we are drifting. It is good to check in with ourselves once in a while. The lockdowns have impacted on all of us. As we slowly emerge from the latest lockdown, we look forward to returning to more normal routines. Things we completely took for granted before will be appreciated even more now.

But this is also an ideal time to make some changes. Why should we return to stuff that we know is no longer live giving for us. Only we ourselves know what this might be. This means we are no longer drifting. We are now doing things that are good and life giving for us.

This has spiritual implications too. Any time set aside for quiet time, reflection or prayer is one way of stopping the drift. It is a good place to be. A simple prayer could be: "Lord, I feel I am drifting in life. Please help me back on track again".
 
 
 
  Friday
May-07
Thought For The Week

We need to be aware that drifting off course is almost a certainty. As in sailing, the wind - its direction, force and velocity can easily knock us off course. Our job as followers of Christ is to fight to stay on course' ~Martin Tierney

The phrase 'drift away' is a nautical one and describes how a boat or ship can drift off course. Even the most experienced sailor is constantly working to counter drifting away. The same is also true of our own lives. There are many things that happen each day that can throw us off course and allow us to drift.

Sometimes we might not even be aware we are drifting. It is good to check in with ourselves once in a while. The lockdowns have impacted on all of us. As we slowly emerge from the latest lockdown, we look forward to returning to more normal routines. Things we completely took for granted before will be appreciated even more now.

But this is also an ideal time to make some changes. Why should we return to stuff that we know is no longer live giving for us. Only we ourselves know what this might be. This means we are no longer drifting. We are now doing things that are good and life giving for us.

This has spiritual implications too. Any time set aside for quiet time, reflection or prayer is one way of stopping the drift. It is a good place to be. A simple prayer could be: "Lord, I feel I am drifting in life. Please help me back on track again".
 
 
 
  Thursday
May-06
Thought For The Week

We need to be aware that drifting off course is almost a certainty. As in sailing, the wind - its direction, force and velocity can easily knock us off course. Our job as followers of Christ is to fight to stay on course' ~Martin Tierney

The phrase 'drift away' is a nautical one and describes how a boat or ship can drift off course. Even the most experienced sailor is constantly working to counter drifting away. The same is also true of our own lives. There are many things that happen each day that can throw us off course and allow us to drift.

Sometimes we might not even be aware we are drifting. It is good to check in with ourselves once in a while. The lockdowns have impacted on all of us. As we slowly emerge from the latest lockdown, we look forward to returning to more normal routines. Things we completely took for granted before will be appreciated even more now.

But this is also an ideal time to make some changes. Why should we return to stuff that we know is no longer live giving for us. Only we ourselves know what this might be. This means we are no longer drifting. We are now doing things that are good and life giving for us.

This has spiritual implications too. Any time set aside for quiet time, reflection or prayer is one way of stopping the drift. It is a good place to be. A simple prayer could be: "Lord, I feel I am drifting in life. Please help me back on track again".
 
 
 
  Wednesday
May-05
Thought For The Week

We need to be aware that drifting off course is almost a certainty. As in sailing, the wind - its direction, force and velocity can easily knock us off course. Our job as followers of Christ is to fight to stay on course' ~Martin Tierney

The phrase 'drift away' is a nautical one and describes how a boat or ship can drift off course. Even the most experienced sailor is constantly working to counter drifting away. The same is also true of our own lives. There are many things that happen each day that can throw us off course and allow us to drift.

Sometimes we might not even be aware we are drifting. It is good to check in with ourselves once in a while. The lockdowns have impacted on all of us. As we slowly emerge from the latest lockdown, we look forward to returning to more normal routines. Things we completely took for granted before will be appreciated even more now.

But this is also an ideal time to make some changes. Why should we return to stuff that we know is no longer live giving for us. Only we ourselves know what this might be. This means we are no longer drifting. We are now doing things that are good and life giving for us.

This has spiritual implications too. Any time set aside for quiet time, reflection or prayer is one way of stopping the drift. It is a good place to be. A simple prayer could be: "Lord, I feel I am drifting in life. Please help me back on track again".
 
 
 
  Tuesday
May-04
Thought For The Week

We need to be aware that drifting off course is almost a certainty. As in sailing, the wind - its direction, force and velocity can easily knock us off course. Our job as followers of Christ is to fight to stay on course' ~Martin Tierney

The phrase 'drift away' is a nautical one and describes how a boat or ship can drift off course. Even the most experienced sailor is constantly working to counter drifting away. The same is also true of our own lives. There are many things that happen each day that can throw us off course and allow us to drift.

Sometimes we might not even be aware we are drifting. It is good to check in with ourselves once in a while. The lockdowns have impacted on all of us. As we slowly emerge from the latest lockdown, we look forward to returning to more normal routines. Things we completely took for granted before will be appreciated even more now.

But this is also an ideal time to make some changes. Why should we return to stuff that we know is no longer live giving for us. Only we ourselves know what this might be. This means we are no longer drifting. We are now doing things that are good and life giving for us.

This has spiritual implications too. Any time set aside for quiet time, reflection or prayer is one way of stopping the drift. It is a good place to be. A simple prayer could be: "Lord, I feel I am drifting in life. Please help me back on track again".
 
 
 
  Monday
May-03
'I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep.The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and the sheep do not belong to him, abandons the sheep and runs away as soon as he sees a wolf coming. I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me.' ~John 10:11-14

The following reflection has been written by Fr.Tom Clancy

To watch a young child take its first faltering steps across a room towards a mother's outstretched arms is a moment of intense joy and hope. The joy springs from the child's willingness to risk exploring a new way of living. The hope is that the child's potential will develop to the full, making its unique contribution to the world of the future.

Risk taking is essential for life. As the child must risk falling, one must risk sacrifice and pain if one is to experience the joy of love and service. In life one cannot have security and growth.

Our gospel today of the good shepherd laying down his life for his flock is an opportunity to reflect on how urgently the world needs Spirit filled volunteers to make God's presence tangible in every sphere of living. The hope is that this generation will realise its potential to build God's kingdom on earth in its own unique way.
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-02
We all need our friends and particularly during these difficult times. We can't meet up with our friends in the way we used to before. This has been difficult for so many. But we do hope that contact with our friends will return to more normal as we head into the summer months. If we took our friends for granted before the Covid pandemic, then we will forever treasure our close friends from here on. We thank our friends for everything they do for us. If what you do as a friend seems small to you, it means the world to us.

The A-Z alphabet of friendship

A friend Accepts you as you are
Believes in you
Calls you just to say hello
Doesn't give up on you
Envisions the whole of you (even the unfinished parts)
Forgives your mistakes
Gives unconditionally
Helps you
Invites you over
Jokes with you and has a sense of humour
Keeps you close at heart
Loves you for who you are
Makes a difference in your life
Never judges
Offers support
Prays for you
Quietens your fears
Raises your spirits
Says nice things about you
Tells you the truth when you need to hear it
Understands you
Values you
Walks beside you
Xplains things you don't understand
Yells (gently!) when you won't listen
Zaps you back to reality.
 
 
 
  Saturday
May-01
We all need our friends and particularly during these difficult times. We can't meet up with our friends in the way we used to before. This has been difficult for so many. But we do hope that contact with our friends will return to more normal as we head into the summer months. If we took our friends for granted before the Covid pandemic, then we will forever treasure our close friends from here on. We thank our friends for everything they do for us. If what you do as a friend seems small to you, it means the world to us.

The A-Z alphabet of friendship

A friend Accepts you as you are
Believes in you
Calls you just to say hello
Doesn't give up on you
Envisions the whole of you (even the unfinished parts)
Forgives your mistakes
Gives unconditionally
Helps you
Invites you over
Jokes with you and has a sense of humour
Keeps you close at heart
Loves you for who you are
Makes a difference in your life
Never judges
Offers support
Prays for you
Quietens your fears
Raises your spirits
Says nice things about you
Tells you the truth when you need to hear it
Understands you
Values you
Walks beside you
Xplains things you don't understand
Yells (gently!) when you won't listen
Zaps you back to reality.
 
 

 

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