Will you join us in fasting and prayer for 24 hours, beginning with a Zoom Compline prayer at 5pm on Saturday 2nd October and ending on Zoom at 5pm on Sunday 3rd October?
- As part of St James’s ‘Triumph of Delights’ Festival in preparation for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021.
- To pray for all in need at this time: the victims of climate change, the peoples of Afghanistan and the Middle East, refugees, asylum seekers, those living in fear, those suffering because of COVID 19.
- To pray for our political and spiritual leaders that they might work for the good of all and the good of our planet.
Fasting is a spiritual practice shared by many religions and central to Christian practice, especially in Lent, Advent and for specific intentions and prayers. Removing distractions and simplifying our lives for a period of time helps to focus our minds, spirits and bodies on God.
- You could fast from food and/or drink for 24 hours,
- Or fast from social media,
- Or fast from negative thoughts,
- Or fast from TV
- Or fast for just one meal, or two ….
Begin on Saturday 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi who tried to live simply so that others can simply live, with an open invitation to begin with Zoom Compline together at 5.00pm.
End on Sunday 3 October, the eve of the feast of St Francis of Assisi, with Zoom Compline at 5.00pm.
Fasting from food or drink is not for everyone. The invitation is to allow the Holy Spirit to guide you and for you to join the Spirit in being gentle with yourself. Please speak to any of the clergy or Debbie O'Brien or Hazel Bradley if you would like to talk this through.
A booklet of Resources for reflection and prayer is downloadable here.
Breaking the fast could be in small groups (of your choosing) eating together, with the opportunity to pray Compline together in person or online.
We are in partnership with an Anglican Church in Melbourne, Australia praying and fasting at the same time, organized through the Compline Group.
Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month or a year.
It is the struggle of a lifetime.
From Seeds of Hope; the Amos Trust