Julian Group December 2021
Julian Group December 2021
Dear Julian Friends,
Welcome to our first meeting of our seventh year as the Burnham Area Julian Meeting.
We have just renewed our subscription to The Julian Meetings nationally and give thanks for the support and fellowship of this volunteer run organisation. We also give heartfelt thanks for your support and friendship. It has been wonderful that we have continued our fellowship throughout these strange and troubled times of Covid. We are sure that you too draw great strength and encouragement from these times of shared contemplative silence and stillness with God our Father.
In the Advent approach to Christmas perhaps no carol captures the essence of the amazing event than the old favourite ‘Silent Night’, so it might help to sing this to yourself in your heart, hum it, or just read the words again as we settle to our time of contemplation on Monday morning in St. Andrew’s , or wherever you are at 10 o’clock or your convenient time. Certainly, this time of stillness and silence is the perfect antidote to the frantic activity and concerns of Christmas preparations.
As always, we offer the following materials and prayers for us to share, but, as always remember that they are not intended to distract you from that intentional time with Father God beyond words. The only word(s) we need are those of our anchor prayer or mantra to keep us in that sacred space within and the noises of the world without.
May you be richly blessed in this mystical Season of Christmas with God’s love and peace, by the grace of the Christ-child who came to be our Saviour. Stay safe and well.
We look forward to sharing with you in our contemplative journey in 2022.
The next meeting will be on Monday, 17th January, 2022, at 10am.
Tony and Liz.
‘Be still and know that I am God
Be still and know that I am
Be still and know
‘If we are to witness to Christ in today’s marketplaces, we need silence. If we are always to be available, not only physically, but by empathy, sympathy, friendship, understanding and boundless ‘caritas’ , we need silence. To be able to give joyous, unflagging hospitality, not only of house and food , but of heart, mind, body and soul, we need silence. ‘
(courtesy of Celtic Daily Prayer book)
‘True silence is the search of any person for God.
True silence is a suspension bridge that a soul in love with God builds across the dark, frightening gullies of its own mind , the strange chasms of temptation, the depthless precipices of its own fears that impede its way to God.
True silence is the speech of lovers. For only love knows its beauty, completeness, and utter joy.
True silence is a garden enclosed, where alone the soul can meet its God. It is a sealed fountain that He alone can unseal to slake the soul’s infinite thirst for Him.’
GOING IN to that garden— approaching that fountain — crossing that suspension bridge— BREATHE DEEPLY — centre down— anchor oneself in the silent healing love of the Great Silence………….
After half an hour or so, begin slowly, very gently towards………
COMING OUT — with the following Prayer
‘Go as far as you dare,
For you cannot go beyond the reach of God.
Give as extravagantly as you like,
for you cannot spend all the riches of God.
Care as lavishly as you are able,
for you cannot exhaust the love of God.
Keep journeying as a servant
For God will always be with you.’
Peace be with you. Amen.