Havens of Love - Palm Sunday at Freswick Castle 2020
Blessed be you O Springtime God,
re-awakening our senses to your freshness
between sunrise and sunset.
I go to sleep in your peace this night.
Praise to you who shines
in the corners we would rather hide,
and reveals the dusty webs
of moments and feelings we have spun together,
and tried to leave behind,
fragile and neglected.
Praise to you for knowing when we are ready to look.
Be still in the silence and aware of the Love with you and within you….
Lure of all our longing.
draw us on our inner pilgrimage.
As the soil on land is ploughed and sowed,
prepare the ground of my being to do the soul-work.
Prepare my feet to walk the untrodden paths.
Prepare my hands to receive the unexpected.
Prepare my face to withstand whatever the weather.
Prepare my shoulders to offer strength to fellow-traveller.
Prepare my desire to sift my dreams.
Prepare my resolve to shift the shapes that I put in the way.
Prepare my discernment to see what is no longer needed.
Prepare my back to relax as you carry my load.
Walk beside me and lure me deeper into you as I set out this night.
O Divine One, whose sole purpose is love,
tune my attention to a simple mindfulness
and let the distractions fall away,
that I might walk this day with thankfulness for every step.
Be with each of us when we become overwhelmed
by our own making or because of our situation
or we cannot tell the difference.
Give us faith that the unfolding of your love each day
is the goal of the journey.
Scripture Reading and Message
'Havens of Love’ - Murray
(This is where the video has cut out, the remainder is below. Perhaps you can read it for yourselves.)
Oh Lord, bless and preserve all those in the hospitality industry,
Shine the light of your love on every hotel, guest house and bed and breakfast business throughout the UK and the world,
Save all those now suffering at the present time.
Be present as a mysterious guest in empty rooms and deserted restaurants
Give grace to all who depend on this livelihood and strength to survive the financial shocks
In particular, we pray for the Norseman Hotel, Mackays Hotel and the Seaview Hotel in Caithness
who have all blessed and helped us at Freswick Castle over the years
We pray for great hotel chains and humble AirBnb businesses
We pray for these havens of love and hospitality which are so precious
We pray for retreat centres, like Lee Abbey in Devon, Ffald-y-Brenin in Wales and Scargill in Yorkshire
We pray for Laity Lodge in Texas, Hephzibah House and Leo House in New York
We pray for all places which normally offer inspiration and rest and are now silent, waiting on providence
waiting for God
We wait upon you, O Lord, and pray with hope for all havens of love around the world
Finally we pray for our leaders in the UK and throughout the world. We pray for discernment, strength, courage, and endurance.
We pray for her Majesty the Queen and the impact of her message to the nation at this time.
Spirit who cleans my heart,
Help me put my house in order this spring
as I rest from my outward journey tonight.
Though my homestead will always be in need of repair,
may it become simply furnished and loved
because it is your dwelling place.
Protect all whom I have met this day.
Give us your peace as we lie down this night.
Lure of all our longing,
as I travel another step closer,
make me ready for your homecoming embrace
when I enter your sanctuary
footsore and hungry for the supper you have already waiting.
Bless me on my way as I take my rest this night.