Tuesday, March 18, 2014

st patricks day pioneer worship

Yesterday was both St Patricks Day and the start of our week of pioneer evenings with Dave Male. So it seemed appropriate to bring them both together.

I began with a contemporary icon of St Patrick, painted by Scott Erickson at Ecclesia community.


What strikes us? What links do we make with our theme – pioneering? What image speaks to us?

I then introduced Breastplate, from the Eucharist CD. I noted the refrain – I bind unto myself today – and invited us, while the song played, to biro tattoo the image that speaks to us onto our arms.

By way of conclusion, as a communal act, we said the Breastplate together.

ALL: I bind unto myself today
Left: The strong name of the trinity
Right: By invocation of the same
Leader: The three in one and one in three

ALL: I bind unto myself today
Left: The great love of the living word
Right: The wisdom of my God to teach
Leader: His hand to guide his shield to ward

ALL: I bind unto myself today
Left: The virtues of the starlit heaven
Right: The glorious sun’s life giving ray
Leader: The fruits of earth so freely given

ALL: I bind unto myself today
Left: The power of God to hold and lead
Right: His eye to watch his might to stay
Leader: His ear to hearken to my need

ALL: I bind unto myself today
Left: The way of Christ in life and death
Right: The call of God to jubilee
Leader: In broken chains and cancelled debt

ALL: I bind unto myself today
Left: The strong name of the trinity
Right: By invocation of the same
Leader: The three in one and one in three

(Words attributed to St Patrick, translation Mrs C F Alexander, 1889, except v.5)

Posted by steve at 01:11 PM

3 Comments

  1. St Patricks day reminds me that he and the saints like Columba stepped into local to communities engage and integrate faith
    into the questions of the local citizens.
    It would be good to explore Celtic Christianity models as I believe that there is a relevance to today.

    Comment by Ken Burt — March 18, 2014 @ 2:20 pm

  2. Thanks Ken.

    You will be pleased to know we’ve drawn on Celtic Christian models heavily in our last 2 leadership formation days actually, with candidates – using their liturgy as a source for theology – their stories as case studies in mission practice,

    steve

    Comment by steve — March 18, 2014 @ 4:04 pm

  3. Steve

    Malcolm Guite is a poet who has written sonnets on the church year and much more

    His current project is a collection of sonnets about the saints

    His poem for St Patrick is here

    http://malcolmguite.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/st-patrick-a-sonnet-and-a-snippet/

    Comment by Bob Sneddon — March 20, 2014 @ 8:02 am

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