By Neil Paynter
Fifty of the best-loved prayers of the Iona group in a conveyable version.
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But creation is not enough. Always in the beauty, the foreshadowing of decay. The lambs frolicking careless: so soon to be led off to slaughter. Nature red and scarred as well as lush and green. In the garden also: always the thorn. Creation is not enough. Almighty God, Redeemer: the sap of life in our bones and being is Yours, lifting us to ecstasy. But always in the beauty: the tang of sin, in our consciences. The dry lichen of sins long dead, but seared upon our minds. In the garden that is each of us, always the thorn.
You might as well go find God, Christ and the Holy Spirit down on the North Beach. I was so hungry for mystery, wonder, community, challenge – Life – when I came to Iona. I was so hungry for food that would strengthen and inspire me to reach out and love. And that’s what I found in the community and worship there: Bread for body, mind and soul. Life in all its fullness. (John 10:10) Not that there wasn’t space for confession in the liturgy; that’s essential. But you felt that sin wasn’t something lodged inside you, like a bad seed; like something you were born with.
God of the tides’ – © Jan Sutch Pickard. ‘Thanksgiving prayer’ – by David Coleman, from The Pattern of Our Days: liturgies and resources for worship from the Iona Community, Kathy Galloway, Wild Goose Publications, 1996. ‘Confession’ – by Ali Newell, from Iona Abbey Worship Book, Wild Goose Publications, 2001 © Iona Community. ‘Like a tree’ – by Neil Paynter, from Gathered and Scattered: readings and prayers from the Iona Community, Neil Paynter (ed), Wild Goose Publications, 2007. ‘Waiting’ – by Kathy Galloway, from The Pattern of Our Days: liturgies and resources for worship from the Iona Community, Kathy Galloway, Wild Goose Publications, 1996.
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