Beholding God in Everything: The Soul and the World
Worship, Prayer and Christian Formation at Ely Cathedral: Autumn 2023View our Autumn programme booklet
Our autumn programme focusses on the reverence and wonder for creation which fuels our concern, as Christians, at its exploitation and thus the human-made damage to its delicate ecosystems. Of course it behoves us, as it does all of humanity, to work to mitigate the effects of our careless exploitation of our planet. We must slow the growth of climate change and to reduce our dependence upon the fossil fuels which feed global warming.
But this autumn we look at that responsibility through a different focus, taking the words of Julian of Norwich, for whom, as she prays, ‘all that is made’ appears to her as both fragile and eternal ‘because God loves it’.
We will be exploring the nature of our love for ‘all that is made’ through that lens of prayer, and coming to our own actions and responsibilities in our lives through love rather than solely through fear. Our sermon series and discussions will focus on the nature of that love and what it might be to live well on a fragile world.
Prayer for the Season
O Light Invisible, we praise thee!
Too bright for mortal vision.
O Greater Light, we praise thee for the less;
The eastern light our spires touch at morning,
The light that slants upon our western doors at evening,
The twilight over stagnant pools at batflight,
Moonlight and starlight, owl and moth light,
Glow-worm glowlight on a grassblade.
O Light Invisible, we worship thee!
Thou brightness of eternal glory,
thou comfort of the pilgrim soul,
with thee is my tongue without voice,
and my very silence speaketh unto thee.
Come, oh come, for without thee I shall have not joyful day nor hour;
for thou art my joy, and without thee my table is empty.
Praise and glory be unto thee.
Let my mouth, my soul, and all creatures together praise and bless thee.
Thomas a Kempis, c.1380-1471