Sunday, 22 March 2015

From head to heart

Megan Taylor preached at St Michaels (Southfields London SW18) this morning . She spoke about the story of Zacchaeus. She would not know that exactly 6 years ago I had actually been in Jericho by the 'very tree'. She was right . We know the story as a children's story , but it is for all . Going deeper , she spoke of how Jesus got right by the side of Zacchaeus, didn't criticise him, or threaten him , but loved and accepted him . The consequence was that Zacchaeus turned his whole life right around . Megan went on further to tell of the inspirational Salvation Army Officer, Danielle Strickland who gets alongside prostitutes and drug addicts. She told also of the #I'll ride with you Twitter Movement , which grew out of the Sydney Siege in December. Then we were all challenged to go further and deeper ourselves, by getting alonside people as Jesus did. There was prayer time and ministry, we all were able to allow and invite the Holy Spirit to help us to move on into this.

Forty years ago when John Davies was vicar of St Michaels Southfields he challenged my husband  .  
You are bringing your baby to be baptised, and you have not been baptised yourself ? 
Thus began the rest of our life. 
My husband  decided after being a churchgoer all his life , part of the congregation of one of the oldest Baptist Churches in London , Battersea Chapel , and by now worshipping near to our home in Wincanton Road that John Davies had a point. No , he had never been baptised . 
And so classes were held in our house. Invite all your friends said John Davies, so we did. We  all realised that our faith was real, but needed to 'come alive '. Our small group became a housegroup, and with the encouragement of more neighbours , Mary and Robert Fuchs of Hambledon Road we not only learned to read our bibles , but also heard about "Baptism in the Holy Spirit'. John Davies tried to deter me from reading Michael Harper and Reg East, but I wasnt having any of it , and sat in my bedroom on 25th March 1977 and prayed 
Lord if there is any more of you I have not got ,I want it now!
Thus began even more of the rest of our life.

So we have much to thank the fellowship of St Michaels Southfields. I was part of the Wives Fellowship, and hungry for all the Bible Studies. I read book after book, went to as many talks as Mary and Robert would take me. (Bishop Cuthbert Bardsley was the first clergyman I ever heard speaking who actually made sense, and I had been going to church all my 30 years).
My husband had known St Michaels all his life, had gone to St Michaels school ,where he had to learn the creed much to the consternation of his baptist parents. His mother had been a 'young wife' in the 40s and 50s, his uncle Arthur  Rowling and cousin Brian had sung in the choir in the David Bubbers days. 
Today we have been back for the first time since we moved away in 1980. I still thank God for Dorothy Thiajaraj and Iona Burchill who prayed  together for my faith to come alive and got alongside the Zacchaeus in me.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

#cafechurchfiley Characters of the Parish

Its not about individuals at Cafe Church . We work as one , so don't be fooled by the title! I just wanted to Praise God for the way God uses all of us to His Glory. Over the months we have served #cafechurchfiley to Filey we all have found a way to help that is our gift. 
Today we were completely out of our comfort zone. David was away skiing somewhere cold, Pam was fellowshipping in Scargill, I made the coffee too gritty, someone unplugged a microphone lead, the timing on the hymns was not the same on the video clip as in the room , and there were more toys than babies. Yet I came home thinking the atmosphere was all pure  Love and Joy. 

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Doom Merchants

Its very early , I've awoken realising that before I set off at 7am to collect the Sponge Bag and Nightware of Ancient Parent from Beverley and take to the Hull Royal , I need to cancel a taxi I had ordered to take me to a different hospital for my own impending surgery, now cancelled . IT has been a Doom Laden week. 

  • More glass has shattered in my greenhouse on the allotment
  • Local Christians will go on and on to me about the impending Apocalypse
  • Local Atheists will go on and on to me  about the impending Apocalypse
  • We have run out of Marmite (or is that a food sacrificed to idols)
  • I've had a massive Library book fine 
In the scheme of things , and here I am not talking about the Apocalypse , but just how my tiny tiny life fits into this tiny town and how that fits in to the rest of the world. The Global Atrocities are so really awful that it would be very easy to ignore them all together by Head Burying, to try and make sense of them by Head Worrying or to convince oneself that  all will be right and all will be right By Head Pleasing.

So let the Doom Merchants keep on considering the Illuminati , Zionism and the New World Order and let us FIX OUR EYES in another direction.

Hebrews 12

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Ecumenical Lent Groups will be starting soon in Filey, so if you live here , consider joining one . I know of 2 so far being planned, at St Marys RC on Tuesday Morning , and Salvation Army on Wednesday Evening .

As a PS Ive just read my wonderful cyberfriend Archdruid Eileen's post on Children In Church .That will lift the DOOM.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Cafe Church Christingle

Sketches within a sketch today , as Malc and Rev Wilma  had no trouble doing a series of dialogues between pairs , lovey, bickering, jealous , inconsiderate (toilet seat!!) , unforgiving , and downright quarrelsome. Nothing new there then , although we were all laughing our heads off at the quick changes of hat, and loss of dignity , It was near the bone sometimes as I realised how much grace we are all given . Paul played a loving God , coming in between in each interaction, the voice of reason, reconciliation and restoration. 

I Corinthians 13_here from THE MESSAGE 

Love never gives up
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

Look on our Fileyparish facebook page for all the photos, and please click the LIKE HAND.

Rev Liz Kitching lead the worship and Christingle making and times for thought ,which threaded their way through the cafe culture as the children played happily and the coffee cups were refilled. 
I loved seeing all the Christingle Making  and as the lights were dimmed at the end of the morning all the lit christingles shone out . 

I'm not forgetting here that Colin and I were at Spring Harvest when "Lord the Light of your love is shining" was sung in public for the very first time as Graham Kendrick taught it to us all in the BIG TOP at Minehead Butlins, now 25 years ago ! So it is always a joy to sing Shine Jesus Shine as its  known worldwide.

Lesley's Cake soon all disappeared!

Little Oscar slept through the excitement !

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Second Sunday of Epiphany

An uplifting and special Service today at St Oswalds . 
I nearly didn't come as I have missed the Archers Omnibus 's 3 times, and thought I could listen this morning . I planned to listen to last Sunday's  in the waiting room of Scarborough Hospital on Monday but peeved to discover  it just wasn't loud enough on iplayer as I had left both my Hearing Aids at Home and the earphones for my Smartphone just didnt keep out the sound of the other people waiting for a bed. I joined in the chat and tried to convince myself and the others that our 3 cancellations were small hiccups compared with the sufferings of those in Iraq, Syria , Pakistan and Nigeria. *
I had a really special day yesterday at the the Quiet Day in Hunmanby led by Rev Liz Kitching . The Revelation 2 v17 part just gave me so much joy , and in  my handbag I have yet to retrieve and keep ,for a treasure, the White Stone that bears a NEW NAME I have been given by God.

Revelation 2:17King James Version (KJV)

17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

 That aside, I thought I could manage without the C of E in excelsis this morning. But listening I was in that time alone at 7am with a cup of tea and all my Blood Pressure Pills to take, and so I got myself up and ready. Spouse hates it when I don't come to St O's with him. 
The readings , 1 Samuel 3 , 1to 10 , and John 1, v43 to end were thoughtfully brought together by Rev Wilma in her talk . We had almost written Eli off as a fat old man who was a bad father in our Homegroup last year, but we now realise that he was the one who got Samuel to listen to God. Thanks Wilma! Wilma and Rev Andrew did an hilarious antiphonal sketch of a telephone saleswomen trying  to cold call a man to invite him to  try Christianity. It needs to be repeated at Cafe Church in the Summer!!
We had my  favourite hymn Here is love wide as the ocean and the impromptu Trees of the field clapping their hands at the end of the service. Bryce on the organ was not to know that that chorus had special meaning for all of us at Hunmanby yesterday.
Now Pauline has been Admitted as Deputy Churchwarden of the Parish for St Johns . How timely too, as her personal Journey of faith easily paralleled the Gospel reading of today, and Rev Mary and Gillian Wilson were certainly in the story  too. 
The picture is of Bob reading the lesson as he has done for many years. I have a cassette from1991 of him reading the lesson for BBC4 Sunday Service when it came from St Oswalds. We all hope he has enjoyed the week that included his 100th birthday .
Bob and his son .
* Warm (clean )clothes and sleeping bags may left in Vicarage porch for transport to Iraq, which Hazel has liased. See the Facebook pages for further details.


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