By Neil Paynter
Fifty of the best-loved prayers of the Iona neighborhood in a transportable version.
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For gold jewellery against black skin the sound of reggae from the car repair shop the pungent, sour smell of indigo-dyed cloth the blast and blare of Notting Hill Carnival Neil Paynter and others LORD JESUS, IT’S GOOD TO KNOW Lord Jesus, it’s good to know that you lived in the flesh walked where we walk, felt what we feel, got tired, had sore and dirty feet, needed to eat, and think about where the next meal was coming from. But it’s even better to know that you enjoyed your food the feel of perfume on your skin the wind on your face, a child in your arms and the good wine at the wedding.
Neil Paynter has asserted his right in accordance with the Copyright,Designs and Patents Act, 1988, to be identified as the author of this compilation and the individual contributors have asserted their right to be identified as authors of their contributions. A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. CONTENTS INTRODUCTION Neil Paynter GATHER US IN Wild Goose Resource Group MORNING PSALM Neil Paynter TODAY Ruth Burgess CIRCUIT Kate Mcllhagga YOU TAKE ME SERIOUSLY Ruth Burgess PRAYER FOR THREE VOICES Yvonne Morland THE GLORY IN THE GREY George MacLeod I AM TIRED, GOD Ruth Burgess WEAVER Ruth Burgess BECKON US, GOD Ruth Burgess TOO MUCH LUGGAGE Kathy Galloway GRACE FROM IONA ABBEY Jan Sutch Pickard IMMERSION Pat Bennett GOD OF THE TIDES Jan Sutch Pickard THANKSGIVING PRAYER David Coleman CONFESSION Ali Newell LIKE A TREE Neil Paynter WAITING Kathy Galloway BIRTH BLESSING Kate Mcllhagga MOONTIME OF THE WINTER Kate Mcllhagga GOD OF THE DISPOSSESSED Peter Millar GOD BEYOND BORDERS Kathy Galloway PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING FOR DIFFERENT CULTURES Neil Paynter and others LORD JESUS, IT’S GOOD TO KNOW Kathy Galloway STORYTELLER Ruth Burgess CHRIST OF EVERY SUFFERING HEART Peter Millar GO GENTLY Kate Mcllhagga ALL HALLOWS Ruth Burgess LOOKING IN THE WRONG PLACES Kathy Galloway MAN IS MADE TO RISE George MacLeod BEYOND EASTER Ruth Burgess BRIGHT AND AMAZING GOD Helen Lambie PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH Ian M Fraser COME, HOLY SPIRIT Jan Sutch Pickard OUR FATHER Ruth Burgess GANNET PRAYER Jan Sutch Pickard SPIRIT OF LIGHTNESS AND LIFE Joy Mead YOU SPREAD A TABLE: PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING Jan Sutch Pickard THE WHOLE EARTH SHALL CRY GLORY George MacLeod YOUR KINGDOM COME,YOUR WILL BE DONE Wild Goose Resource Group AFTER PSALM 19 Kathy Galloway AFFIRMATION Jan Sutch Pickard and Brian Woodcock TAKE US OUTSIDE, O CHRIST George MacLeod NEW WAYS Kathy Galloway PRAYER FOR THE JOURNEY Chris Polhill LOOK AT YOUR HANDS Wild Goose Resource Group JOURNEY BLESSING Peter Millar THE PEOPLE GOD CALLS BLESSED Ruth Burgess BLESSING Jan Sutch Pickard LIVING LETTERS Neil Paynter SOURCES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS INTRODUCTION The first time I went to Iona Abbey I couldn’t get in!
God was judgemental, and so was his boring son, Jesus Christ; and when he wasn’t being judgemental and life-denying, he was sappy sweet. The language was archaic, and the rhythm, stiff and dreary. There was a dusty, fusty, sometimes sterile smell coming from something, a dead religion maybe, being covered up. What’s the point of going to church if you don’t find nourishment? Who would give a stone to a child who asks for bread? You might as well go find God, Christ and the Holy Spirit down on the North Beach.
50 Great Prayers from the Iona Community by Neil Paynter