The evening prayers for the first day of Quest conference focused tightly on our conference theme, “Feathers on the Breath of God” (a quote from Hildegard von Bingen):
Listen: there was once a king sitting on this throne. Around him stood great and wonderfully beautiful columns ornamented with ivory, bearing the banners of the king with great honour.
Then it pleased the king to raise a small feather from the ground, and commanded it to fly.
The feather flew, not because of anything in itself but because the air bore it along. Thus am I, a feather on the breath of God.
and the wonderful gift we have in God’s creation.
Included in the liturgy was this reflection by Maya Angelou: