Well we knew the day would come… torrential rain in the park!
Nevertheless, with no-one to blame for the lack of church heating, we pressed on – and had a GOOD time. Steve began with words from Hebrews 12, reminding us of the great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, urging us on in our journey. He then spoke of the fallen leaves around us, which though fallen, remain part of the fabric of our world. They reminded us of the saints who have gone before us, and who remain part of our spiritual fabric inasmuch as we allow ourselves to be inspired and taught by them.
We went on to name and remember the contribution of a number of saints – those recognised by the church and those looked to as role-models and inspirational christians – both well-known and known personally to us. We picked up the leaves and let the wind take them as we named those to whom we were particularly grateful. It felt good to share that holy space with such wonderful people with whom we share the gospel commission.
We ended with the sharing of bread and wine – using Paul’s words from two weeks ago and especially thinking of the significance of the communion of saints.
From there to Costa coffee to dry out and warm up! We had a keen debate about the issue of our kids celebrating Halloween – or not – and whether there is any sense of the trivialisation of evil – or whether its all harmless fun these days. Let us know what you think!
And if you’re debating whether you’d like to join us one Sunday – the weather can’t be worse than today’s and it was OK!