This is an opportunity to pause in the middle of our day and we're particularly asked to do this in the nine days between the feast of Jesus' Ascension into Heaven, and in preparation for the festival of Pentecost. And we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit to the first disciples in Jerusalem, and we ask for a fresh sense of God's power and love for us in this time and place.
Today's prayers are led by Revd Canon Rachel Wood.
1 God is our refuge and strength, ♦
a very present help in trouble;
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, ♦
and though the mountains tremble in the heart of the sea;
3 Though the waters rage and swell, ♦
and though the mountains quake at the towering seas.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, ♦
the holy place of the dwelling of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her;
therefore shall she not be removed; ♦
God shall help her at the break of day.
6 The nations are in uproar and the kingdoms are shaken, ♦
but God utters his voice and the earth shall melt away.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us; ♦
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
8 Come and behold the works of the Lord, ♦
what destruction he has wrought upon the earth.
9 He makes wars to cease in all the world; ♦
he shatters the bow and snaps the spear
and burns the chariots in the fire.
10 ‘Be still, and know