pentecostThis Sunday being Pentecost it seemed appropriate to focus our prayer for the week on the person of the Holy Spirit. This ancient prayer was composed by St Augustine in the 4th Century and is yet still as pertinent today as when it was first written.

Breathe in me O Holy Spirit
that my thoughts may all be holy;
Act in me O Holy Spirit
that my works, too, may be holy;
Draw my heart O Holy Spirit
that I love but what is holy;
Strengthen me O Holy Spirit
to defend that is holy;
Guard me then O Holy Spirit
that I always may be holy.
St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-430)
 
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live at Costa June 2014For June we have something really special lined up. An evening with the legend that is John Froud. Most of you or your children will have come across John via his work in schools but he guarantees that he will be all grown up for his performance at Live @ Costa.

Sunday 1st June – 7.30pm @ Costa Coffee, Shipley

Everyone Welcome

Breakfast – Sunday 1st June 2014

o-SMILEY-BREAKFAST-facebookIt is hard to believe that the year is already half over and soon we will having the longest day. So to fortify us for the coming of summer welcome the return of our famous Breakfast gathering. As usual there will be a delightful mix of food, fun, faith and fellowship.

Sunday 1st June – 10.00am @ 6 Glenhurst Road

Why not come along and bring your friends. There is always plenty of everything to go around.

Everyone Welcome

No Explore This Week

relaxAs this is half term week – it was agreed that there would be no Explore meeting this Wednesday. We decided that actually it would be better for us all to have a week off from our labours.

So enjoy the freedom, spend some time relaxing with those that you love. The programme will pick up again next week.

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Our prayer this week comes from the Celtic tradition and has the familiar pattern of bring God into every aspect of life. This prayer can be used as a means of arming ourselves with God’s presence for each day.

WE DWELL IN HIM
In you I live and move
And have my well-being:
God in my thinking,
God in my working,
God in my sharing,
God in my caring,
God in my deepmost soul.
 
In you I live and move
And have my well-being:
God in each meeting,
God in each greeting,
God in each turning,
God in each learning,
God in my deepmost soul.
In you I live and move
And have my well-being. Amen.

 

P1100912Last night we enjoyed another excellent Ikon evening. Our theme was centred around the idea that to be alive is to move and to change. With music and readings and prayers we explored the theme. There was a reflection based on the reading from Proverbs. Particularly the concept of perichoresis – peri meaning around and choreio meaning to dance.

Here is the liturgy and the reflection that were used.

Delight Ikon

Delight Reflection

P1100913The Ikon was followed as usual by a simple meal that we all helped to prepare.

Alan-Watts-The-only-way-to-make-sense-out-of-change-is-to-plunge-into-it-move-with-it-and-join-the-danceThis month at Ikon our theme is ‘Delight: The Dance of Change’ which seemed appropriate in the light of recent events. Delight explores the playful dance of the Spirit in creation, the delight that God takes in us, in our freedom to become who we truly are.

Sunday 25th May – 6.00pm @ 6 Glenhurst Road

We start with a cup of tea/coffee and bit of a decompress, just to let go of the stresses and strains of the week. The Ikon proper starts at 6.30pm and it lasts about an hour and is followed by a light supper. You will be able to enjoy a time of quiet set amidst some delightful fellowship.

All Welcome

GraceSpace Report – May 2014

P1100884It was beautiful day at Harwes Farm for our GraceSpace gathering. Andy and Gill our genial hosts kindly welcomed us into their home with copious amounts of coffee and tea.

P1100890In our first session we began by sharing some stories of GraceSpace and what became obvious was that it was not the specific things that we had done together that people remember, but the welcome, acceptance and sense belonging to a family that mattered.

P1100875Colin then went through the possible future that exist for GraceSpace and suggested a traffic light exercise as a straw poll of opinion.

Gracespace Options

The Results were as follows: (updated after the email)

Option Red Amber Green
1 11 2  
2 6 3  
3 3 7  
4 1 6 4
5   2 11
6  1 1 2

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The second session allowed people to be quiet or talk in small groups about the future. During this time Julie helped everyone to make beautiful wrapped pebbles. This was followed by an excellent lunch prepared by Andy.

P1100889The afternoon began with session led by Andy and Gill which gave everyone the opportunity to discuss the future without Colin and Katy, who worked with the children. Colin and Katy then joined the session to listen to the feedback. The general feedback was the group wanted to continue to meet and eventually seek independence but were generally willing to investigate a possible link with Wrose under the leadership of Colin as a stage on that journey.

P1100909Finally we went down the Dissenters Well and broke bread together in a simple service.

Our thanks to Andy and Gill for their hospitality and to everyone for working so hard to come to these decisions.

 

23844-St-Benedict_WAfter our GraceSpace day this prayer came to mind. As we seek to know the mind of God for our future, it seems important that we ask the Lord to provide us with the wisdom and discernment to know his will.

Gracious and Holy Father,
Please give me:
intellect to understand you,
reason to discern you,
diligence to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
a spirit to know you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
ears to hear you,
eyes to see you,
a tongue to proclaim you,
a way of life pleasing to you,
patience to wait for you
and perseverance to look for you.
Amen.
(Benedict of Nursia c. 550)

St Benedict is famous for introducing his rule and founding the Benedictine Monastic Order. Interestingly he is patron saint of Europe and students – which is a strange combination.

The Return of the Swiss Pastors

P1100836I know that it sounds like the title of a ‘B’ Horror movie, but actually it was a delightful visit of another group of church leaders from Switzerland seeking to find out what makes GraceSpace tick.

We fed them on Parkin and home-made fat rascals (thanks Amie) with copious amounts of Yorkshire tea. Then we crammed into the living room for an hour of conversation and questions.

As before it was great time and hopefully the group went away encouraged by their experience. Colin is now the proud possessor of the largest Toblerone  known to humankind!