September 2021 Newsletter

Anglican Diocese
of Cyprus
and the Gulf

www.cypgulf.org/
retreats

Maggie Le-Roy
Retreats Facilitator

An occasional letter 41: 6 September 2021

Opportunites

Retreat at Katafiyio Season of Creation
3
0 September 2021

This is your opportunity to visit Katafiyio and enjoy God’s creation at Angel’s Hills. 

Let All Creation Sing
27 September 2021

Join this webinar on worship, prayer and the environment led by Rev Canon Vicky Johnson from York Minster, UK. 

Earth Examen

Use this by yourself or with a group to contemplate a part of your local ecology.

Canticle of Creation

Watch this video of the prayer of St Francis.

Dawn to Darkness Journeying through the day with the Psalmist
30 October 2021

Connecting with our Creator

I wonder what it is that helps you connect with our Creator God? May be a wave rolling up on the beach? May be awe that some flowers can survive our burning summers? May be a close look at a cicada on the bark of a tree crying out for attention?  May be the changing cycle of the moon or the presence of a new born baby?

In the church calendar from 1 September to 4 October this year, the Season of Creation is celebrated. A time to remember God as the Creator and Sustainer of all life.

Jesus was always pointing to creation in the gospels. I wonder what else was going through his mind when he taught about the birds of the air, the fig tree, the lilies in the field… And I wonder what he was feeling when he walked on the water, climbed a hill, called a child to him… And where did he go in his memory when he plucked corn, talked about sheep, held fish in his hands… ?

Did he get in touch with those creation moments and sense again the wonder of it all despite the chaos now filling the world? And if he did, I wonder if that memory helped give him more joy in life on earth?

And I wonder what difference it would make to me if I did a more close up look at the created world?

Considering a small part of creation, how could this connect me with the Creator and Sustainer of the world?

John O’Donohue said:

“I feel that landscape is always at prayer, and its prayer is seamless. It is always enfolded in the presence.

It is a high work of imagination, because there is no repetition in a landscape. Every stone, every tree, every field is a different place.

When your eye begins to become attentive to this panorama of differentiation, then you realise what a privilege it is to actually be here.”

This Season of Creation, in a world of sadness, may we be attentive to the panorama of God’s greatness all around, recognise the privilege of being here, and be thankful.

An Exercise

Walk, Collect, and Create

  • Go for a walk.

    As you move, praise your Creator for what you see, hear, smell and touch of creation.

  • Take a bag with you.

    Collect a variety of items of God’s creation that your attention is drawn to.

  • Return home and find a clear table or floor area.

    Empty your bag and arrange the items in the clear space. Move the pieces around until you have formed a picture that you think is finished.

  • What does your creation look like or remind you of?

    Give your creation a title. Listen to hear what the Creator and Sustainer might want to show you through your picture, and then respond to this.

Join with the A Rocha conservation team around the world, in praising your Creator using Psalm 65.

Connecting with our Creator

I wonder what it is that helps you connect with our Creator God? May be a wave rolling up on the beach? May be awe that some flowers can survive our burning summers? May be a close look at a cicada on the bark of a tree crying out for attention?  May be the changing cycle of the moon or the presence of a new born baby?

In the church calendar from 1 September to 4 October this year, the Season of Creation is celebrated. A time to remember God as the Creator and Sustainer of all life.

Jesus was always pointing to creation in the gospels. I wonder what else was going through his mind when he taught about the birds of the air, the fig tree, the lilies in the field… And I wonder what he was feeling when he walked on the water, climbed a hill, called a child to him… And where did he go in his memory when he plucked corn, talked about sheep, held fish in his hands… ?

Did he get in touch with those creation moments and sense again the wonder of it all despite the chaos now filling the world? And if he did, I wonder if that memory helped give him more joy in life on earth?

And I wonder what difference it would make to me if I did a more close up look at the created world?

Considering a small part of creation, how could this connect me with the Creator and Sustainer of the world?

John O’Donohue said:

“I feel that landscape is always at prayer, and its prayer is seamless. It is always enfolded in the presence.

It is a high work of imagination, because there is no repetition in a landscape. Every stone, every tree, every field is a different place.

When your eye begins to become attentive to this panorama of differentiation, then you realise what a privilege it is to actually be here.”

 This Season of Creation, in a world of sadness, may we be attentive to the panorama of God’s greatness all around, recognise the privilege of being here, and be thankful.

Opportunites

Retreat at Katafiyio Season of Creation
30 September 2021

This is your opportunity to visit Katafiyio and enjoy God’s creation at Angel’s Hills. 

Let All Creation Sing
27 September 2021

Join this webinar on worship, prayer and the environment led by Rev Canon Vicky Johnson from York Minster, UK. 

Earth Examen

Use this by yourself or with a group to contemplate a part of your local ecology.

Canticle of Creation

Watch this video of the prayer of St Francis.

Dawn to Darkness Journeying through the day with the Psalmist
30 October 2021

An Exercise

Walk, Collect, and Create

  • Go for a walk.

    As you move, praise your Creator for what you see, hear, smell and touch of creation.

  • Take a bag with you.

    Collect a variety of items of God’s creation that your attention is drawn to.

  • Return home and find a clear table or floor area.

    Empty your bag and arrange the items in the clear space. Move the pieces around until you have formed a picture that you think is finished.

  • What does your creation look like or remind you of?

    Give your creation a title. Listen to hear what the Creator and Sustainer might want to show you through your picture, and then respond to this.

Join with the A Rocha conservation team around the world, in praising your Creator using Psalm 65.

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