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Hear the words

One of the things that I find helpful in worship is to listen. Now some may say, yes but that is what we all do. But for me it is a case of listening to readings and other long sections of text, to listen and take in the words. And to not be reading them. Now I know different people engage with information and so forth differently, however I do like listening to readings in church. I find that I will often hear things that I may never of noticed when reading (this even happens during services, that in hearing the words something new to come to light).

However I do wonder if we lose something when everyone has their head in a book as the person up front reads out what they are also reading. I’d also say that I like worship that uses set texts – in fact I raised on it. A Greek Orthodox Priest on this topic spoke of the words being learnt from childhood, that they become part of us and we don’t need to follow them in a book. And to this I say Amen.

Christian say we follow the living Word, so let us have to words dwell in us.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2014 in Mystery, Spiritual Vocab

 

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Duality

Duality

The bodiless soul
is unrooted.
The soulless body
shall no soar.
The spiritual alone
is without reality.
The material alone
is without the other.
Justiceless mercy
does no satisfy.
Merciless justice
does no satisfy.
Duality can often
be divided to much.
Uniformity can often
not be broad enough.

 

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2014 in Mystery, Poetry

 

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A Living History: Recovering The Beauty Of Liturgy

A Living History: Recovering The Beauty Of Liturgy.

An interesting view of things, and one I tend to agree with

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2014 in Ministry, Mystery, Spiritual Vocab

 

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Some bits from a while ago on Becoming a Self

A while ago I had the pleasure of seeing the Becoming a Self exhibition by Deborah Ravetz.

 

And these where my responses:

Words
Words gathered
Words presented
Words printed
Words give
Words arranged
Words layered
Words noted
Words seen
Words unseen
Words recorded
Words inspired
Words dissuading
Words

And then:

The famous, the infamous
the unknown
All together, all valued,
all presented
Here inspiring, here suggesting,
here relating
Search complete, search opened,
search ongoing
Questions asked, questions found
questions challenged
Meeting past, meeting present,
meeting future
Stories read, stories known,
stories unfinished

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Ministry, Mystery, Poetry

 

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Shadow of the cross

The image of the shadow of the cross is often used, and on Palm Sunday I used it in my sermon, that the joy and celebration of that day is tinged with the shadow of the cross. And that this spreads across holy week. However also that all shadows need a light source, and that this source is Easter and the light of the world returning.

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2012 in Mystery, New ideas

 

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New Blog ideas

Right this is me setting up my blog, in this I have a few ideas, and am planing to use this blog to put some of my ideas together, and engage with others over what I am writing and thinking.

So here is a list of the ideas that I plan to develop:

  • Can different levels of participation in the Mystery be sustained along side each other?
  • Along side this are different levels of participation in the Mystery equally valid expression of faith?
  • Has the “Protestant” drive towards equality pushed more to the margins?
  • Do we need support from a self sustaining core, that then supports wider work? (cf “Celtic Monastic Missions”; “Minsters”; “Town Church & Village Chapel”; “Society & Class”)
  • Does a sense of awe need to be brought back, to develop the idea of Mystery as a metaphor for understanding faith, and recapturing the historical meaning of mystery.
  • Who’s hope, who gives it and who pronounces it? (cf committal prayer and how it works with those who are unchurched)
  • Granting a language to articulate the spiritual and supernatural, where the church lost it’s and “Oc-culture” stepped in

So I plan to develop my thinking around these questions and other. There is an underlying theme of these being theological and in part tied to the role of Christian Faith, as this is where I am coming from, and make a deliberate choice to discus from there. However ideas from others sources are more than welcome.

Also all the views here are mine, and many of the ideas are underdevelopment

 

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