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Intercessions from High Leigh Conference

Intercessions: opening worship of the High Leigh Conference 2019

God of compassion, we remember today
Those for whom earthquakes, wind or fire
Has brought chaos and destruction.
For those who have lost everyone and everything they love.
We hold in our hearts and before you, those for whom the future is uncertain because of ill health, precarious relationships, or economic challenge; and those for whom the end of life in near.
And we share in in joy, with those experiencing new birth, new life and fresh starts – full of hope and expectation.
We bring before you our sacred and beautiful planet, teaming with life, renewal and healing forces.
May we do all we can to halt and mitigate the slow death of biodiversity
The continuous assault on what you have made.

God of mystery,
Where are you
When the world flings demands
Like a rain squall at the window,
When the pressure to perform steals us from ourselves,
When grasping for our future leaves us empty handed?
Where are you
When confusion is in heady ascendance,
When digging for surety lacerates and fragments?
Where are you in the fray,
In the tangled threads of feeling with no beginning or end?

God of our depths, be with us.
Do not rescue, but hold us;
Befriend, and reacquaint us
With our roots,
Our core,Our true desires.

Help us to know
How slowly moves the deep;
our connection to earth
and stars,
and the life that is you.

Help us to know
What we carry inside;
a space that does not always, or often,
know its shape
or size,
or what its purpose is.

Help us to know
That beyond our striving and our need
All you are is love,
And all we have is you.


 Alison Webster May 2019

Aston Tirrold

Centre for Reflection at
Aston Tirrold

The Centre for Reflection at Aston Tirrold offers a place for people of all ages and different social, religious and personal backgrounds to reflect on their spiritual journey through life.

The Centre runs a programme of workshops, quiet days and talks and is available for a group to make a booking for its own purpose. It is used for retreats, quiet days, talks, workshops, celebrations/parties, meditation, music making, training, away days and meetings.

It is here to be a place of hospitality, of caring and creativity, of non-judgemental acceptance, of exchange in learning and teaching, and of silent retreat and listening to God. Its rural location,  and nearby footpaths provide an opportunity to explore the connection between the outer landscape and our inner spiritual journey.

Saturday 6 June QUIET GARDEN TRUST day. Led Reflections and time to enjoy our quiet garden which will be in glorious summer bloom. £15 including light lunch. Please book through the Centre.

Wednesday 31 July 10 – 2.30pm DROP IN QUIET DAY – A DROPLET OF WATER THAT JOINED A STREAM, BECAME A RIVER AND ARRIVED AT A WATERFALL – EVER JOURNEYING, EVER TRANSFORMING. Please join me for a drop in quiet day and share books, poems or music or just come to be. Bring and share lunch. Cost: Donation.

Silence grows in the white light as
Angels delight in the quiet of a garden
planted with love.

The Centre for Reflection is associated with and located at Aston Tirrold United Reform Church.

The Centre is manned on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Telephone: 01235 850423   01235 850423

Centre for Reflection
at Aston Tirrold United Reformed Church
Spring Lane, Aston Tirrold, Didcot, Oxon OX11 9EJ
how to find us

Thinking of going on retreat?

There are a number of places, near and far, which offer time away for prayer and silence. Here are some which you may want to investigate!sheldon

The Society of Mary and Martha at Sheldon, Devon

Theological College Ripon College, Cuddesdon, just outside of Oxford, set in beautiful rural countryside 

St Columba’s House, Woking

For more information and ideas visit this Diocesan website article on retreats

or visit The Retreat Association website