Friday, 30 January 2009
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Monday, 26 January 2009
Sunday, 25 January 2009
Saturday, 24 January 2009
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Just finished watching the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States, a ceremony in which I've never been especially interested. There's just such a sense of history being made and of the "audacity of hope". Barack Obama, as we've come to expect, made a stirring speech but even he was trumped today by the words of the benediction spoken by Rev Joseph Lowery. "Black will not be told: Get back, brown will get around, red will get ahead, yellow will be mellow and white will do what's right..." He caught the humour and justice of God and cast it freely around the world. Thanks be to God.
Monday, 12 January 2009
Sunday, 11 January 2009
Saturday, 10 January 2009
Thursday, 8 January 2009
Took some time out around lunch time today to take a walk down to the river. Health inducing physically, mentally and spiritually. Caring for myself is something I've been much better at in this charge than in my last. Because of, rather than in spite of, the fact that this charge is much bigger, I need to ensure that there's time to clear some space, time for reflection. And I try not to feel too guilty when I meet folk who ask me - are you having a day off? Its amazing what can be achieved and how much can be processed with an hour walking alongside water! Hopefully then I won't be too much like this swan, graceful above water, paddling like fury beneath the surface.
One of the Story People pictures that graces my study has these words of wisdom:
"There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling rain and remember it is enough to be taken care of by myself."
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
But now its back to the fray. I decided I'd better get on to the texts for Sunday and was delighted to find that we're looking at Jesus' baptism.
Looking forward to exploring new beginnings and responsibilities.
Would love to do something a wee bit creative though like get everyone to come to the font and be renewed for mission. No problem in smaller less formal settings but in formal Sunday worship? Time to push the boat out? You bet! Off to work through the logistics.
Monday, 5 January 2009
We finally got around to making our Christmas cookies today. Well, some folk have to work over the holidays! There was something special, though, about taking some time to do things that normal folk do in the lead up to Christmas. Things are already rushing on into a new activity filled year and its good, as that begins, to fill in some of the bits that were missed out in the busy-ness of church at Christmas. A reminder that God is for life - not just for Christmas or, as they say, God is dog spelt backwards.