Commemoration for King Oswald

Today is the commemoration for King Oswald, the namesake of St Oswald Church in Grasmere. 
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Lift High the Cross,
is the hymn for the day which you will find at

Readings include 1 Peter 4:12 to the end and John 16:29 to the end.

For Meditation consider this:

Oswald, had a vision of Columba the night before the battle, in which he was told

Be strong and act manfully. Behold, I will be with thee.[13] This coming night go out from your camp into battle, for the Lord has granted me that at this time your foes shall be put to flight and Cadwallon your enemy shall be delivered into your hands and you shall return victorious after battle and reign happily.

Oswald described his vision to his council and all agreed that they would be baptised and accept Christianity after the battle.[14] In the battle that followed, the British were routed despite their superior numbers; Cadwallon himself was killed.[8]

What words is Christ saying to you right now?  What is keeping you from listening and putting them into practice?

Today’s prayer

Lord God almighty,
who so kindled the faith of King Oswald with your Spirit
that he set up the sign of the cross in his kingdom
and turned his people to the light of Christ:
grant that we, being fired by the same Spirit,
may always bear our cross before the world
and be found faithful servants of the gospel;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Lunchtime Examen of 1 July 2020


1 July 2020, Prayers Sheet, St Andrew’s Church  Hear my prayer, O Lord by Henry Purcell

  • In the quiet space, ask God to take away the load that you are carrying right now. That’s right, just give it to him.  Just for a little while.  Remember, His yoke is easy, his burden is light.

Feeling uneasy?  Feeling free yet?  Keep going, it gets better from here.    The Lord is my Light

  • Ask God for light.

You want to hear what he has to say to you.  This isn’t about a list you have for God.  This is about relationship.  Are you feeling the love yet?  It’s just you and Jesus.  He’s sitting right next to you.  You are not alone.  All Things Bright and Beautiful

  • Give thanks.

Just look around and start to give thanks.  The day you are living is a gift from God.  Gratitude.  Feel the light pouring into a parched soul.  Pure joy!

  • Review the morning, yesterday or the last week.

What does the Holy Spirit have to say to you here?  Can you say that it was good?  Can you say that you learned something?  Where is God in this picture?

2 Chronicles 7:14 New International Version (NIV)

14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

  • Face your shortcomings.

Face up to what is wrong in your life and in you.  Humble yourself before God.  Nail your pain to the cross.  Ask for forgiveness.  You might say the Jesus prayer here, ‘Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner.’  Repeat it again a couple of times.  Feel the love of Christ.  Forgive others.  Forgive yourself.  Thank you for saving me

  • Look toward the day to come.

Ask God to be with you in all your comings and goings.  What has he called you to be?  With Jesus by your side, all things are possible.

Now that you have spent time alone with Jesus, who do you want to talk to him about?  What cares and concerns are on your mind?  Open your heart and talk to God.  Here in Coniston, we are praying for the village, that together we will live in the light and vision of Christ.

You might need some time for silent meditation here.

Finally, Gathering all your prayers and praises together, say the prayer that Jesus taught us:

Finally, Gathering all your prayers and praises together, say the prayer that Jesus taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven. Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.  Your will be done.  On earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And lead us not into temptation But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory Forever.  Amen.  The Lord Bless you and keep you