Sunday, November 19, 2006
Gail and I have probably been playing one CD the last 6 months more than any other: 'Scribbled in Chalk' by Karine Polwart. Seemingly simple [actually not sure if they are that simple to play] songs of hope in the midst of the tough stuff. Apparently some primary school in the Borders has adopted the song' I'm gonna do it all' as their anthem for the year. I've got a feeling that they are not alone. Last night as part of the week-long celebrations of my birthday [the older we get the more time we give to birthdays in this house] we went to see Karine and her band play in Wycombe - and very good they were too. Anyway, right now I’m gonna sail right out on the Atlantic / I’m gonna catch me a fish that’s bigger than gigantic / I’m gonna cook up a fine fish tea / It will be like some kind of Galilee /I’m gonna do it all some day
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
On Saturday I went back to Hillsborough- a long planned venture with Si Smith - to see the famous but fallen-on-hard-times Sheffiield Wednesday play Leicester. It was great: noisy passionate support, a bag of chips for £1, and the Owls playing in the way they should - passing the ball to feet and attacking. About 2 weeks ago I was on the point of saying to Si to forget it, after the unworthy sacking of Paul Sturrock, but I decided in the end to go. And I'm glad I did. The woman next to me said at the end "great, but why didn't they play like this for Mr Sturrock?" Question: the great south stand (the one with the clock) is now the Windsor Food Service South Stand, the Kop is now named after a local radio station, and - I can't quite believe this - but I'm sure I heard the announcer saying that 4 minutes extra time was sponsored by some company....what else is there left to sell? Wednesday won 2-1.
Friday, November 03, 2006
Well it seems to have gone well last night! Txts/email from both the other meal hosts last night said so, and it was good with us too. We had a really provocative conversation coming out of the passage in St Luke's Gospel where Jesus stands up in the synagogue and reads from the prophet Isaiah 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me / because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor / He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind / to let the oppressed go free / to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’ We were asking ourselves if we were given the opportunity to stand up and read out something that gives an idea of we are and who we think we are called to be, what might we consider saying. I liked Sam's idea of being called to recognise the sacred-ness of other people. [Here's a pic of us last night: Sam had left at this point l-r: Gail Michael Kate Ian Kim Andrea Jackie Katelyn]
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Today is a small step but a big day for us in mayBe. For our next cycle leading up to Christmas our community meal is becoming 3 meals in different locations, all at the same time on Thursday evenings. Each meal will follow the usual simple pattern of shared food, conversation and blessing. But we imagine that in time each one will evolve something of its own character too. It has been great to see the community meal grow, but we have reached the point where mass catering becomes something of a challenge, and where it becomes more difficult to care for each other, hence this step. We also imagine that through doing this more friends of mayBe people might join us on the journey in the company of Jesus Christ. Hosts are: Em and John, John and Tops and Gail and Ian.