Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Dedication to Prayer

 I've been reading about the Aberdeen minister who has offered the local Muslims prayer space in his church.

 Earlier this evening, Mr M and I were watching the episode of the comedy series Rev where Adam rouses the ire of his congregation by letting a Muslim childrens' prayer group use the church and is inspired by their dedication to take a moral stance against a proposal to open a lap dancing club  near the  church school.

Some of us enjoyed an interfaith discussion on the topic of Forgiveness last Sunday, held at our local secondary school. Much food for thought. Especially at the start of the evening when the call to prayer came (through  the facilitator's mobile phone). He simply handed over to his (Quaker) co -host and the entire Muslim contingent got up and disappeared into another room for their prayer time.  There's dedication for you!

Now I'm not saying, nor  would it be practical, for  all our congregation  - wherever they happened to be - to down tools and head off to the church for Morning Prayer at a text from the vicar, but it does make you think, doesn't it? Why, when prayer should be such a natural part of our lives, do we find it so difficult to set aside time for it, given that we do have 24 hours a day at our disposal? Answers on a postcard please.

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