Waiting for the Homecoming of God (via Godspace)

Some beautiful advent liturgy…

Waiting for the Homecoming of God This evening Tom and I will hold hold our annual Advent party focused not on the birth of Christ two thousand years ago but on that wonderful future coming when Christ will return and we will all come home to the new world that God is creating. Tom has put together a short video with images of coming home from various films – the wonderful introductory soliloquy from Patch Adams – All the world’s people are coming home, followed by that poignant … Read More

via Godspace

A Great Way to Listen to Scripture (via The Vicar’s Wife)

This is worth a look at and I agree – a great way to Listen (& read) scritpure!

We had a helpful sermon series on Colossians earlier in the year, and I’m looking forward to hearing Lizzy Smallwood speak from the same book at the Northern Women’s Convention on 9th October. In the meantime, this is a brilliant reminder of the riches of Chapter 2. [HT Dan Green] … Read More

via The Vicar’s Wife

Purple

I saw this liturgy on Jonny Baker’s Blog – fantastic….

Christ’s piece is you,
Christ’s piece is me,
It is those that do,
And it is those that be,
Without one another we can’t cover 360 degrees,
Because we don’t need ‘I’s to see, we need We.

As every image that we see of ourselves is reflected,
Every image that we see of the world is subjective,
We need two points of view to gain some perspective,
And the ability and humility to accept this.

Because in our vision lies division,
A polarised view of action and pacifism,
But contradiction doesn’t mean fact and fiction,
more like discordant harmonies in the melody of wisdom.

I need you, like red needs blue,
You need me, like do needs be,
And life shouldn’t be binary,
Our eyes shouldn’t be primary,
We need to trade in reds and blues for indigos and violets see:
We need to try and be purple.

Not just protest march bruises as we go out and do,
Or blood filled cheeks as we hold our breath and be,
I mean purple.
Full circle.
The hares and the rabbits,
the tortoises and turtles,
Purple.

So let us be moved to be mauve,
Maroon and mulberry,
Lilac, plum and lavender,
May the red and blue poles of our souls and our minds combine to be magnets of magenta,
Purple.

May we take the opposites and make the composite,
As every image has its limits
And every picture could be richer,
If we have someone else to see that we are in it,
We need to be purple.

[by Harry Baker aka Dubb]

A Bloggers Lord’s Prayer

I was given this on my return from my holiday and thought people may also like to read it…I don’t know where they found it…but I believe Andrew Jones wrote it…

A BLOGGERS PRAYER

Our Father
who lives above and beyond the dimension of the internet
  
Give us this day a life worth blogging,
The access to words and images that express our journey with passion and integrity,
And a secure connection to publish your daily mercies.
Your Kingdom come into new spaces today,
As we make known your mysteries,
Posting by posting,
Blog by blog.
  
Give this day,
The same ability to those less privileged,
Whose lives speak louder than ours,
Whose sacrifice is greater,
Whose stories will last longer.
  
Forgive us our sins,
For blog-rolling strangers and pretending they are friends,
For counting unique visitors but not noticing unique people,
For delighting in the thousands of hits but ignoring the ONE who returns,
For luring viewers but sending them away empty handed,
For updating daily but repenting weekly.
  
As we forgive those who trespass on our sites to appropriate our thoughts without reference,
Our images without approval,
Our ideas without linking back to us.
   
Lead us not into the temptation to sell out our congregation,
To see people as links and not as lives,
To make our blogs look better than our actual story.
   
But deliver us from the evil of pimping ourselves instead of pointing to you,
From turning our guests into consumers of someone else’s products,
From infatuation over the toys of technology,
From idolatry over techology
From fame before our time has come.
   
For Yours is the power to guide the destinies behind the web logs,
To bring hurting people into the sanctuaries of our sites,
To give us the stickiness to follow you, no matter who is watching or reading.
Yours is the glory that makes people second look our sites and our lives,
Yours is the heavy ambience,
  
For ever and ever,
Amen
  
Written by Andrew Jones

 

U2charist Lincoln

The next event is 19th June at St. Mary Le Wigfords Church – Lincoln at 6.30pm.  Speaker Revd Ian Silk.

Check out their webpage: http://www.u2charistprojectlincoln.co.uk/default.html

It is a fantastic way to alternatively worship God – a one of a kind opportunity – the only service of this type in this country!

I will fill you in on some of the background – the concept came from America – started by the Revd Paige Blair.  Our Bishop of Grantham (+Tim) brought the concept over here – you can still listen to the first ever U2charist in this country on the BBC’s Lincoln website www.bbc.co.uk/lincolnshire/faith – it was fabulous!   

 The U2charist is a service but instead of singing hymns you sing U2’s music.  The talks are based on the Millennium Development  Goals – of which there are 8.  Bono (the lead singer of U2) has been involved in various campaigns trying to Make Poverty History ever since Live Aid happened in the 80’s – and these developed into the 8 goals.

The U2charist is what some people would call a fresh expression of faith – contemporary and definitely not stoggy worship.  It is worship that relates to the people and hopefully meets people where they are.  It’s a serving community – helping to reach those Jesus would have preached to, the homeless, the community – not inward looking but outward showing people the gospel message in love.  It is a project that also reaches wider – to those abroad – educating people that the Millennium Goals will not be met in 2015 if we carry on the way we are.  When the Campaign started people wore wristbands in support of making poverty history, in wanting people to be able to have food to eat and drinkable water – they still don’t have this today.  Well in our own way we are trying to help with this movement – Jesus is famously known as saying – love God and love your neighbour.  We still haven’t managed to get this right yet.

Our (the U2charist group) next big event will be on June 19th  – wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could show people that we won’t stand for the injustice in the world…it should be an amazing event….I hope to see you there.

If we stay silent

I was looking for a meditation for today and came across the Engage website for alternative worship.  I found this liturgy which I thought was beautiful and powerful…

If we remain silent,
who will rise up?

If we close our eyes
and turn our heads,
who will see the injustice?

If we wring our hands
and shuffle our feet,
who will act with mercy?

What if we were called
for such a time as this,
to see through different eyes
and move to a different drum.

Father, give us your strength,
at such a time as this,
to lead distinctive lives,
and see your Kingdom come.

(c) Sam Hargreaves/engageworship.org