Prayer for Liverpool
Liverpool Cathedral is a remarkable building and lit up, as it was on May 15th as part of Light Night, makes it look spectacular. Like so many, I admired the talented people who put that display on as we joined with other buildings in the city in being lit. Like so many I enjoyed the many, many photos shared right across social media. It made the building I live next to seem truly magnificent.
Part of me would love to do that more often. Light is so important in the Christian understanding of the world. In the creation story we see God spreading light across His world. Jesus is described as the light of the world. And in ordinary times in the cathedral, and in so many churches, we light candles as we are reminded and remind others that light equals hope. And we need hope at this and every time.
That part of me, on a Thursday in particular, would want to light up the cathedral for the city, for the care workers, the NHS staff and the key workers who are dedicating themselves to brightening all our lives.
However as Dean I also need to consider the financial aspect of what we do. Regularly lighting the outside of the cathedral costs. We have always had to consider where we spend our money and time. I would rather that goes to support the work of Micah Liverpool delivering 280 food parcels to needy folk in the city. I would rather it is saved to support the employment of many local people when we can reopen. I would rather it is spent helping our neighbours than lighting.
Light is hope, but our building is hope. We were built by the people, for the people to the Glory of God. Our building has stood proud for nearly a century. It has been the focus of much joy and sorrow. It has brought the city together and it remains an important icon for Liverpool. But it is not the most important thing. The spirit of the people who work, volunteer, worship and serve here is far greater. It matches the spirit of the city we are praying for and seeking to serve. The Micah team are the light of hope for the hundreds of families they feed. I am proud to serve and lead people that offer so much light.
Liverpool Cathedral is a remarkable building. Its’ presence gives hope and it will be present long after this crisis still giving hope as the people connected to it shine their lights into the communities and city we love and serve.
While you're here:
Why not prepare for next Sunday's worship? Our preparation sheet for adults and for children can be accessed by clicking on the Resources tab of this website: https://www.prayerforliverpool.org/prayer-resources.html.
Prayer for Liverpool
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St James Mount
Liverpool Cathedral is a place of encounter.
Built by the people, for the people, to the Glory of God