Spirit of God
You are the breath of creation
The wind of change
Speak through our thoughts and dreams tonight
Song “Im leaning on you”
Forgive me my closed mind
And break down the barricades of my heart
So I can embrace new ways of being
We say the Lord’s Prayer in our own language
Reading Acts 28
Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. 2 The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. 3 Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. 4 When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.” 5 But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. 6 The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.
We pray tonight for those in lockdown, for those who work in schools, for the people of Belarus and all those we know who need our help and prayers who we carry in our hearts tonight.
Spirit of the Living God present with us now enter their bodies, minds and spirits and heal them of all that harms them. Let your angels be beside them at this time and protect them. In Jesus Name we pray.
In the depth of silence
No words are needed
We are just called to listen
To the movement of the Spirit
And in the midst of confusion
To hear your voice.
©Iona Community and Janet Morley adapted
一旦安全上岸，我們發現該島被稱為馬耳他。 2島民向我們展示了不同尋常的友善。他們著火了，因為天下著大雨和寒冷，所以歡迎我們所有人。 3保羅收拾了一堆草叢，放到火上，被高溫驅趕的毒蛇緊緊地握在手上。 4當島民看見蛇從他的手上垂下來時，他們互相說：“這個人一定是殺人犯。因為儘管他從海裡逃脫了，但女神正義並沒有允許他生活。 5保羅卻將蛇甩入火中，沒有受到任何傷害。 6人們期望他腫脹或突然死亡。但是等了很久，發現他沒有任何異常之後，他們改變了主意，說他是神。
©Iona Community和Janet Morley改編