Posted in Humour, Jesus

WWJT?

At the New Christian Media Conference ….we were shown this clip in the Twitter seminar which is worth watching….

We were also shown this picture:

After the seminar we were asked the question: What Would Jesus Tweet? WWJT?   I wonder….

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Posted in death, grief

The cost of pain

Nothing can make up for the absence
of someone whom we love,
and it would be wrong to try to find a substitute;
we must simply hold out and see it through.
That sounds very hard at first,
but at the same time it is a great consolation,
 for the gap, as long as it remains unfilled,
preserves the bonds between us.
It is nonsense to say that God fills the gap;
God doesn’t fill it, but on the contrary, he keeps it empty
and so helps us to keep alive our former communion
with each other,
even at the cost of pain.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Posted in Bishop of Grantham, Church of England, Poem

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

Posted in alternative worship, liturgy

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]

Posted in Bishop of Grantham, Church of England, Humour, Jesus, Life, Lincoln Diocese, TV

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

Posted in death, Disability, Funeral Poem, grief, Jesus, Life, Love, Poem

This Child of Mine

  by: Edgar A. Guest, Source Unknown

“I’ll lend you for a little while
A child of mine,” God said,
“For you to have the while he lives,
And mourn for when he’s dead.

It may be six or seven years
Or twenty-two or three;
But will you ’till I call him back
Take care of him for me?

He’ll bring his charms to gladden you
And, should his stay be brief,
You’ll have his lovely memories
As a solace for your grief.

I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return;
But there are lessons taught below
I want this child to learn.

I’ve looked the whole world over
In search for teachers true;
And from the throngs that crowd life’s land,
I have chosen you.

Now, will you give him all your love
Nor think the labour vain?
Nor hate me when I come to take
This lent child back again?”

I fancied that I heard them say:
“Dear Lord, Thy will be done.
For all the joys Thy child will bring
The risk of grief we’ll run.

We’ll shower him with tenderness,
We’ll love him while we may.
And for the happiness we’ve known
Forever grateful stay.

But should Thy angel call for him
Much sooner than we’ve planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes
And try to understand.”

Posted in Humour, Jesus, Poem

Did Jesus use a modem?

Authour Unknown

Did Jesus use a modem,
At the Sermon on The Mount?
Did He ever try to broadcast fax,
To send his message out?
Did the disciples carry beepers,
As they went about their route?
Did Jesus use a modem,
At the Sermon on the Mount?
 
Did Paul use a laptop,
With lots of RAM and ROM?
Were his letters posted on BBS,
At Paul@Rome.Com?
Did the man from Macedonia,
Send an E-mail saying “Come?”
Did Paul use a laptop,
With lots of RAM and ROM?
  
Did Moses use a joystick,
At the parting of the sea?
And a Satellite Guidance Tracking System,
To show him where to be?
Did he write the law on tablets,
Or are they really on CD?
Did Moses use a joystick,
At the parting of the Sea?
  
Did Jesus really die for us,
One day upon a tree?
Or was it a hologram,
Or Technical Wizardry?
Can you download the Live Action Video Clip,
To play on your PC?
Did Jesus really die for us,
One day upon a tree?
  
Have the wonders of this modern age,
Made you question what is true?
How a single man, in a simple time,
Could offer life anew?  How a sinless life,
a cruel death, Then glorious life again,
Could offer more to a desperate world,
Than all the inventions of man?
  
If in your life, the voice of God,
Is sometimes hard to hear.
With other voices calling,
He doesn’t touch your ear.
Then set aside your laptop and modem And all your fancy gear.
And open up your Bible,
open your heart,
And let your Father draw near.
“Be still and know that I am God.”

Posted in film, Humour, Jesus

The Trinity Explained

I remember watching Nun’s on the Run when I was growing up and laughing until I cried.  This is a clip from Nun’s on the Run (Robbie Coltrane and Eric Idle) where their character’s are in hiding in a convent  pretending to be  nun’s…one of them trying to explain the Trinity to their friend so that they can take a religious studies class on the Trinity…