Current Reading - The God You Already know
Something I read from “The God you Already Know” by Henry Morgan and Roy Gregory will be the prompt for our time together in the park this Sunday morning. Some food for thought before we get together:
The authors say
” I believe that in addition to ‘The Bible’ we each have access to our own ‘Personal Bible’ – the ways that God has ‘spoken’ to us through our lives. Note down the ways God has spoken to you at some point in your life. Only include what lies within your experience. When your list is finished (it will never be really complete, but you can always add to it), next to each category note down a specific example and next to that if you can recall it, write what it was you felt God was saying to you through it – find a word ,phrase or short sentence that catches the meaning. I would guess that if you put all these words, phrases andsentences on one sheet of paper, there will be a consistent message. They will give you a sense of who this God is who has been addressing you.”
So, on Sunday, we will think on the One who is behind the message….come along 9.30am at the Bandstand,
Inspirational stuff from Rob Bell’s Mars Hill (Michigan) Sunday morning services on the Sermon on the Mount. Lifechanging water for thirsty souls
We created this for our first Sunday morning worship in the bandstand in the park
We met for the first time in Matlock Park in the bandstand. We took the theme of new beginnings- see below for a taste of the things we did, said and prayed.
- we put together a celtic cross formed from twigs and sticks – Steve talked about the mark of the cross on our lives and on those we know, work with and live alongside.
- we read together a prayer (borrowed and adapted from jonny baker’s worship trick 2) on journeys and new starts
- Barbara demonstrated a breaking out of old into new through smashing a hazelnut -(resulting from more thoughts around the MayBe service at Greenbelt_)
- Wendy read from ‘Detox your Sprititual Life ‘ by Peter Graystone and asked us to list one or two of the most important lessons we ‘ve learnt in our lives. ” Were important lessons learnt over time rather than instantly? Was there an element of pain to important lessons learned? How did this relate to where has led us in Third Space?”
- Harry reminded us of the Easter story as the best example of new beginnings.
- conkers were passed round – beautiful, astounding examples of God the creator and we echoed the words ‘this is why I believe’
- we placed leaves (a symbol of something coming to an end,) beech nuts (a symbol of new life / purpose) and white stones ( a prompt to pray for others)
- we shared bread and wine – the reason for everything we share and do.
- we shared our community prayer then continued ‘church’ over breakfast at the Crown.
Telling our stories that have shaped us
On Wednesday evening, we met together to share a meal. Great to have our companion-on-the-journey Ian Adams visiting us. We talked about the stories that had shaped our lives.
Recently we met and shared a meal. One of us had written this prayer. It seemed to sum up beautifully everything we were thinking, hoping and praying for.
Blessings on you who sit at this table.
Let us be at peace
May we know the love of Christ that surrounds us.
Breathe it in and let it wash over you.
Let this be a new beginning, a new start.
Let hope be rekindled and dreams renewed.
May Jesus inspire and challenge us for the journey ahead
Take this time together, may it inspire us on our travels
Knowing that we are loved and blessed.
Theme: New beginnings
9/9 Pub Inspiration from Greenbelt
16/9 Home – Songhursts’ new house blessing
20/9 Sunday gathering
23/9 Pub Vision and values
30/9 Meal with Ian Adams leading
4/10 Sunday gathering
14/10 Home – Reflection / silence / Celtic liturgy
18/10 Sunday gathering