Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;”Christina Rossetti
Interspersed in the words below I read extracts from the St. Georges Crypt Appeal leaflet – words of challenge and hope, words showing the the Kingdom of God in action.
God of generosity and justice come into our midst this morning.
Breath your breath, your Holy Spirit,
your enlivening, your imagination upon us.
Wake us up, open our eyes, unplug our ears;
that we might hear, that we might see, that we might grieve, that we might dream.
That we might truly follow the ways of your extraordinary kingdom. Amen.
The People Who Worship
Our gathering emphasises community
Our gathering is an experience of radical equality
Our gathering is characterised by joy and hope and laughter.
The God We Worship
Our gathering names God as the true and only God
Our gathering proclaims the sovereignty and presence of the risen Jesus
Our gathering affirms the values of the Kingdom of God.
Our Mission and Ministry
In our gathering our many different gifts are brought together into unity
In our gathering we acknowledge that we are sinners
In our gathering we show care and encouragement to one another.
Wandering slowly around the park we meditated on:
The Empty Place
People who do not hold tightly to things are happy, because all of God’s kingdom is theirs.
People who are gentle with the earth will see it blossom forever.
People who hunger and thirst for justice will finally have their fill.
People who really care will find love wherever they go.
People who don’t let the world get them down will see God.
People who give up their won comfort so that others can be helped know what heaven is all about.
Lord, let us be like these!
Jesus calls us above all else to seek the Kingdom of God, putting our trust in God who creates, provides and redeems, and whose love is never ending.
Jesus taught us that we should uphold justice and generosity, strive to safeguard the integrity of all living things and always to be mindful of how other people are treated.
What can I do to make this a reality in my life?
Sharing of bread and wine
We share bread and wine, Lord Jesus, as a memorial of your life given for us,
Your body broken and your blood poured out.
But we cannot share bread and wine with our eyes closed to the needs of others.
May our thanksgiving for your unbelievable gift be so real that we too,
may become bread broken and wine poured out for others.
Empower us by your Spirit to be peacemakers, hurt healers, justice doers, life enhancers.
May the love and encouragement we find in this community
Make us peacemakers and justice-doers:
and may the Spirit who fills us again
lead us to be those who proclaim God’s Kingdom
in everything we do.
Words used this morning with thanks to J. Frank Henderson, John van de Laar and Jonny Baker