Rev. Dr. Scott Peddie

Conjectures of an Eclectic Christian

You are the peace of all things calm You are the place to hide from harm You are the light that shines in dark You are the heart’s eternal spark You are the door that’s open wide You are the guest who waits inside You are the stranger at the door You are the calling …

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O God, early in the morning I cry to you. Help me to pray And to concentrate my thoughts on you; I can’t do this alone. In me there’s darkness, But with you there’s light; I’m lonely, but you don’t leave me; I’m feeble in heart, but with you there’s help; I’m restless, but with …

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I came across an article recently that resonated with me. It was ‘Choosing to be free is to choose to believe in God’ by Canon Niall Ahern and published in ‘The Sligo Champion’ on 1st August 2012. The article is a wonderful reflection on the words of Kari Torjesen Malcolm a daughter of Missionary parents and …

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I recently came across a little prayer card that I collected from a visit to Launde Abbey, a conference and retreat centre located in the East Midlands. It reminded me of a place of calm beauty and welcome; it summarises a universal call for our Christian places of worship and sanctuary to be open to …

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An Evening Prayer

December 26, 2017

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PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Let us join together and give thanks this night for beauty:
the beauty of a candle flickering in the gloominess
the beauty of a charitable deed done selflessly
the beauty redolent in those who persevere amidst hardships
the beauty of those who transform their deeply felt pain into
love
the beauty of those who forgive that which appears
unforgivable

Let us join together give thanks this night for dignity:
the dignity inherent in a life lived well
the dignity inherent in those who suffer for others
the dignity inherent in those who embrace the marginalised
the dignity inherent in those who stand up for the poor and
oppressed
the dignity inherent in those who pray for those who despise
them

Heavenly Father, we open our hearts to each other and give thanks this night, collectively.
We remember the goodness that encircles us and guides us, even when we cannot see it.
We give thanks, despite the difficulties of life and the brokenness we all carry within us.
We give thanks in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who never leaves our side, tonight and always.

AMEN

Today, in my sermon at Cliftonville Moravian Church, ‘Embracing Vulnerability: Honesty in Prayer’, I explored the Prophet Jeremiah’s complex relationship with God. With Jeremiah one can feel his honesty, expressed vividly by the language used, as he vents his frustrations with God directly to God.  In suffering persecution, mockery and public shame on account of his …

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Mirabilis Health is pleased to announce an exciting new course for those involved in ministry and pastoral care: Self-Care for Pastoral Carers: A Specialist Workshop Trainers: Rev. Dr. Scott Peddie, Dr. Volodimir Bezulowsky (Psychiatrist) & Dr. Paul Miller (Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychogeriatrician) Date:  Thursday 26th February 2015 from 1-5pm (tea/coffee/biscuits available from 12.30pm) Venue: Mirabilis Health, Holywood House, Holywood, BT18 9HF Cost:   £45 per person (includes …

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At the end of the old year and the beginning of the new, I, like so many others, pray for peace.  In a world torn apart by conflict and war, peace is sorely needed.  And so I pray for peace in Syria, Iraq and South Sudan, as well as the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.  And then …

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To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Thomas Merton’s Birth, The Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland and Thomas Merton Fellowship Invite you to a One-Day Workshop: ‘EXPLORING MEANING WITH THOMAS MERTON AND VIKTOR FRANKL’ Facilitators: Dr Stephen J. Costello, Director, Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland Rev. Dr. Scott Peddie, Thomas Merton Fellowship Thomas Merton was much influenced …

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