Part the curtains

I went with the Bishop fo Grantham to a Confirmation Service at St. George’s Church in Stamford.  It was a great service and there was a time of sharing of faith…why the candidates  had chosen to / been called to be confirmed within the service.  Katrina shared this poem she had written:

Part The Curtains

Does not beauty shine forth behind the clouds?
Does not light overrule the darkness?
 
God’s light is like the sun above the clouds,
Always present.
And when the clouds part, does not a banner of hope come forth?
 
A golden beacon,
A candle in the dark.
 
Does not a smile appear upon your face,
At the sight of such beauty and hope?
 
Don’t give up hoping,
Don’t live in despair.
 
Christ is watching from behind the clouds,
Waiting for you to part the curtains,
 And embrace the light.

By Katrina Sissins

I’ll sing a song for you (via Bishop Tim Ellis’s Weblog)

Advanced notice of an Evening with the Bishop of Grantham….it sounds like it’s going to be a great evening. I’d get your tickets quick as I’m sure they will soon sell out this unique event.

I'll sing a song for you I’d like to give you advance notice of an event I’m involved in on the evening of Saturday 20 November in St Mary le Wigford Church (right next to the station in downhill Lincoln) to raise money for the Be-Attitude project for the homeless. There will be three main acts on the bill, with Tim Williams, the fine pianist and organist from St Wulfram’s, Grantham treating us to some excellent contemporary music; the Diocesan Director Ordinands Dr Jef … Read More

via Bishop Tim Ellis’s Weblog

Burn baby burn! (via Bishop Tim Ellis’s Weblog)

Burn baby burn! Who would have thought that a tiny church of some fifty adherents, tucked away in the west of the United States could create such a storm? And yet the ironically named Terry Jones (who shares his name with the much more intelligent and astute former Monty Python member, who helped create a similar international incident with their supposedly irreverent ‘Life of Brian’) has done just that: make it widely known that you are going to burn the most h … Read More

via Bishop Tim Ellis’s Weblog

All Revved up! (via Bishop Tim Ellis’s Weblog)

A great review and I agree – ‘Rev’ was hilarious and realistic – not too sure about the archdeacon character at the moment though…

All Revved up! At last! At long last! A television rendition of a Church of England parson that actually bears some resemblance to real life. I was brought up on ‘All Gas and Gaiters’ and ‘Oh Brother!’ with Derek Nimmo starring and knew even as a small child that they didn’t really depict the reality. Along comes ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ which was amusing and at least a sympathetic attempt to portray a woman priest, but even this with the splendid Dawn French was … Read More

via Bishop Tim Ellis’s Weblog

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.