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Body Meditation by Robyn Vesey

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In a recent Moot contemplative service this body meditation was offered by Robyn Vesey. We hope it brings you as much peace as it did us.

POSTED 25.08.16 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Body Meditation by Robyn Vesey

Virtual Prayer – New resource for Mooters to come together in prayer when we are dispersed

As promised, we are now building up a virtual prayer resource section to this website, to help our community grow in a rhythm of daily prayer.  As a community we discussed how important it is to use technology, so that our dispersed community can be involved in prayer no matter where we are, as we sustain prayer at our home at the Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary.  This means that you will be able to gain access to the readings, chants, prayer practices and liturgies through your computer or smart phone.

We have started by building up morning prayer in ordinary time, with links to all the resources you will need. Next we will get going with Evening Prayer and Prayer during the day that you can use when ever you want.

We will be adding two further resources, waking wellbeing prayer specifically aimed at supporting a healthy start to the day aimed at reducing stress or if you are feeling overwhelmed.  After that we will also do a version before going to bed – to again aim to promote spirituality and the reduction of stress. Then we will get going with all the seasonal variations.

These will be linked to sung chants so you can join in with these cyberly – and also we plan to record some of the prayer practices so you can participate in the same way if you were joining in with other daily prayer in St Mary Aldermarys.

Any questions, do come back to me.

POSTED 13.09.12 BY: ianmobsby | Comments Off on Virtual Prayer – New resource for Mooters to come together in prayer when we are dispersed

Great Resource for Daily Prayer

Thanks to Jennie Hogan for this heads up on this one, as many in Moot have asked where you find the texts for Daily Prayer in its Morning and Evening format. Well Jennie has let me know of an online resource. See here This gives you everything you need in trad or contemporary form saving you money so you don’t need to buy a lectionary. So please do use this if you are seeking something that immerses you in scriptural texts in the Hebrew Scriptures or Christian New Testament.

Remember that this practice in the Church of England is inherited as an adapted monastic approach to daily prayer. It is the practice to say the Benedictus in the morning, Magnificat in the evening and Nunc Dimittis in the night. Daily Prayer in the Church of England remains centred on these three core texts to the early church. Unsurprisingly these texts are full of hope and I increasingly find these inspirational. it is also much easier to do this form of prayer with others. It is aimed at small gatherings of people.

Hope that makes sense. So if you are experimenting with prayer with friends or your household or what ever, why not try this. The link above gives you everything you will need.

POSTED 04.07.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Great Resource for Daily Prayer

Need time to explore a deeper spirituality?

Often at this time of year our lives are full of rushing.  That we miss the rise of Spring, and new opportunities.  Well, here in the Moot Community we have another opportunity to develop a deeper form of prayer by a day experiencing and trying out different approaches to prayer and meditation in an attempt to find approaches that work for you.


So if you are interested or need more information, please click here.

POSTED 11.05.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Need time to explore a deeper spirituality?

Moot Prayer Development Day 23rd May 2009

Following on from our plans at Easter with the Moot Rhythm of Life Service and the Passover meal on Maundy Thursday, we invite Julie Dunstan to lead us again to experience different forms of prayer or techniques that can then be used in personal prayer, or resources to use within Moot Services.


For more info or to book places, please click here

POSTED 23.01.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Moot Prayer Development Day 23rd May 2009

Abba – the Lord's Prayer

At today’s Remembrance Sunday service I was struck once again by the centrality of the Lord’s Prayer to every form of service. Remembrance Sunday is a difficult service anywhere, with memories of so many dead in so many wars. It was doubly hard this year, the 90th anniversary of the end of the first Great War, among serving soldiers and others seeking to create the kind of development that may defuse the seeds of future war.

In the middle of the memories of past wars and the hopes of preventing coming wars, a service that has many elements contains the Lord’s Prayer. I’ve been greatly enjoying, and finding unexpectedly challenging, a book by Evelyn Underhill, “Abba” – a series of meditations on the Lord’s Prayer. Today I found particularly sharp a passage on “Thy Kingdom Come”:

“It is true that the most drastic social reform, the most complete dethronement of privilege, cannot of themselves bring the Kingdom in; for peace and joy in the Holy Spirit can only come to us by the free gift of the Transcendent. But at least these can clear the ground, prepare the highway of God; and here every act of love, each sacrifice, each conquest of prejudice, each generous impulse carried through into action counts.”
A challenge to me to ensure that my work – all there is time for at present, I fear, along with daily prayer and a bit of time in the gym – is indeed a generous impulse carried into action, and a conquest of prejudice. That way I can indeed feel that I am part of the action of God’s Will that makes such war less likely.
This may seem an unlikely reflection for today. But the unlikely is – happily – the way of God’s Will. Evelyn Underhill again: “It was by an unlikely route that Christ, the country carpenter, itinerant preacher, and victim of local politics, carried humanity up to God. It was in defiance alike of the probable and the suitable that St. Paul was chosen, seized, transmuted, and turned to the purposes of the Will.” So by God’s grace there’s always hope.

POSTED 09.11.08 BY: paulabbott | Comments (4)

Abba – the Lord’s Prayer

At today’s Remembrance Sunday service I was struck once again by the centrality of the Lord’s Prayer to every form of service. Remembrance Sunday is a difficult service anywhere, with memories of so many dead in so many wars. It was doubly hard this year, the 90th anniversary of the end of the first Great War, among serving soldiers and others seeking to create the kind of development that may defuse the seeds of future war.

In the middle of the memories of past wars and the hopes of preventing coming wars, a service that has many elements contains the Lord’s Prayer. I’ve been greatly enjoying, and finding unexpectedly challenging, a book by Evelyn Underhill, “Abba” – a series of meditations on the Lord’s Prayer. Today I found particularly sharp a passage on “Thy Kingdom Come”:

“It is true that the most drastic social reform, the most complete dethronement of privilege, cannot of themselves bring the Kingdom in; for peace and joy in the Holy Spirit can only come to us by the free gift of the Transcendent. But at least these can clear the ground, prepare the highway of God; and here every act of love, each sacrifice, each conquest of prejudice, each generous impulse carried through into action counts.”
A challenge to me to ensure that my work – all there is time for at present, I fear, along with daily prayer and a bit of time in the gym – is indeed a generous impulse carried into action, and a conquest of prejudice. That way I can indeed feel that I am part of the action of God’s Will that makes such war less likely.
This may seem an unlikely reflection for today. But the unlikely is – happily – the way of God’s Will. Evelyn Underhill again: “It was by an unlikely route that Christ, the country carpenter, itinerant preacher, and victim of local politics, carried humanity up to God. It was in defiance alike of the probable and the suitable that St. Paul was chosen, seized, transmuted, and turned to the purposes of the Will.” So by God’s grace there’s always hope.

POSTED 09.11.08 BY: paulabbott | Comments (4)

Prayer Development Day | 25th October | St Saviours Priory

Pleased to say we have finally got our act together regarding a prayer development day. So on Sat 25th October Ian Adams will lead an experiential prayer development day at the beautiful surroundings of St Saviour’s Priory to explore contemplative approaches to prayer to enrich our own spiritual life. For more information or to book places, click here.

It is a common problem for us all to struggle with a personal spiritual life. Many of us struggle to find approaches to personal prayer that feel authentic and resourcing. The resulting danger is then created, where we carry a faith in our head with an inner desert in our heart. In our Rhythm of Life, we acknowledge the need for a sustaining spiritual rhythm that seeks God to resource us, over and above an approach to faith which is dependent on theories, theology and the stuff in our head. This is the great impoverishment of a an overly rational or postmodern approach to spirituality.

It is a great pleasure to have Ian Adams facilitate this day, who is an incredible resource in this who area. See event pages for more information.

POSTED 13.05.08 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Prayer Development Day | 25th October | St Saviours Priory

Prayer Development Day | 25th October | St Saviours Priory

Pleased to say we have finally got our act together regarding a prayer development day. So on Sat 25th October Ian Adams will lead an experiential prayer development day at the beautiful surroundings of St Saviour’s Priory to explore contemplative approaches to prayer to enrich our own spiritual life. For more information or to book places, click here.

It is a common problem for us all to struggle with a personal spiritual life. Many of us struggle to find approaches to personal prayer that feel authentic and resourcing. The resulting danger is then created, where we carry a faith in our head with an inner desert in our heart. In our Rhythm of Life, we acknowledge the need for a sustaining spiritual rhythm that seeks God to resource us, over and above an approach to faith which is dependent on theories, theology and the stuff in our head. This is the great impoverishment of a an overly rational or postmodern approach to spirituality.

It is a great pleasure to have Ian Adams facilitate this day, who is an incredible resource in this who area. See event pages for more information.

POSTED 13.05.08 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Prayer Development Day | 25th October | St Saviours Priory

Advent Week 1 – Video Reflection

Got the heads up from Emergent Kiwi about this great reflective video – for 5 mins reflection . So if your life is as busy as mine and you want a reflection – click here

POSTED 04.12.07 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Advent Week 1 – Video Reflection