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.

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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.

Monday, 12 January 2015

A Very Happy Birthday BOB HALL

Today we all send our love and best wishes to BOB HALL on his 100th birthday. May he  feel Gods presence with him  TODAY and ALWAYS.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year.......

I said to the man
who stood at the gate of the year,
'Give me a light that I may tread safely
into the unknown.'
And he replied ,
'Go out into the darkness
and put your hand into the hand of God.
That shall be to you
better than light
and safer than a known way !'
So I went forth
and finding the Hand of God,
trod gladly into the night .
And he led me towards the hills
and the breaking of day in the lone East.

Minnie Louise Harkins 1875-1957

Monday, 29 December 2014

Don't blame the Led lights!

As with Mannekin Pis we adorn  our GGG uncle to fit the season or occasion. He has worn the same hat for the last 20 Christmases . This year we have given him a necklace of Led lights. Our little fisherman's cottage is so small we have no room for a tree, but manage to cram every nook and cranny with lights.
(I was going to say we, but realise I must say I here.) I love the cheap , cheerful, gawdy, tat, shiny, tinsel,  and the bling of the Festive Season. I don't even mind calling it the F.S. I like New Year, Hogmanay, and can make it last to Candlemas with ease. I'm with the Royle family who keep their tree up all year to enjoy it. 
So I was a little disappointed that the  new lights adorning GGGUncle looked different on Christmas Day . The blue lights had turned to plain glass coloured. By Boxing Day  the green and the yellow had faded to clear glass too. Last night only the Orange  lights still glowed with colour. I blamed myself, I bought them from Wilkos where all the lights were cheap or was it Boyes*. My mind moved on to blame the Electricity board . Perhaps the power was overloaded and thus reduced, like the gas on Christmas Day (yes really) .

Last night however my brain cells kicked in to full function , and I realised that the lights were battery powered. I congratulated spouse for keeping a good stock of AA and AAA batteries in hand . I changed the batteries and the lights glowed back to full brightness. 

Just like ones spiritual life then ,at busy times. Let the power run down and so will you. So on your new Christmas Gifts of ipads, Smartphones and Tablets get yourself a Bible App and have 5 minutes with that before going on to Facebook .

*If you are reading this in USA , or other foreign parts, Boyes is a worthy Northern Emporium where one can find many a bargain. I have read the Stats .  We have had this month  99 viewers in USA and 29 in the Ukraine,131 in Germany and 62 in China .


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