Canterbury Diocese is the oldest diocese in England, stretching from Maidstone to Thanet, the Isle of Sheppey to the Romney Marsh. We have 350 miles of coastline with historic ports and seaside resorts, alongside rural communities, market towns and commuter-belt urban developments. Affluent areas often sit alongside pockets of major deprivation, offering an exciting and challenging mission context.
At the heart of all we do is a vision of transformation for ourselves and our communities: no one can encounter God and remain unchanged. In the Diocese of Canterbury, we want to increasingly become a Christian community transformed through encounter with Christ, growing and overflowing to transform and bless the families, homes and communities we serve: Changed Lives, Changing Lives.
The Most Revd & Rt Hon
Archbishop of Canterbury
As you pray, I wonder what your context is? Where are you praying: a church, a study, on the move, in a car, on train, or bus? You may be at home caring for a loved one, supervising children, or may be sitting in an armchair or lying in bed. My guess is that most of us will be indoors.
In this season of the church’s year, we are encouraged to focus our prayers on creation. “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” famously said Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
Today, may I invite you to do something different: to allow creation to guide your prayers. Let’s try to get close to nature, in whatever way is practical. Let’s deliberately take a small amount of time out of our routines, to be attentive to what is around us, and deliberately use one of our senses to pray, allowing Creation to shape our intercession before God.
Today let’s try to Touch.
Taking careful and deliberate notice of what we can touch around us.
Focusing on the textures of a fallen leaf, the grass beneath our feet, the bark of a tree and then giving voice to our prayer.
Lord of Creation,
Prayer exercise written by Revd Alex Bienfait - Co-ordinator of ‘Walk Church’
Season of Creation
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