Thursday, November 27, 2008

try this improvisation [12]: yes we can!

Last week at mayBe's eucharist on South Park we took the 'audience response' from President-elect Obama's acceptance speech and used it as a prayer-cry-statement for how we would like to see God's better world coming now, both local and global. We heard the passage from St Luke's gospel where Jesus reads from the scroll in the synagogue:
‘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.’

Then we brought this into a conversation with a segment of Obama's speech:
There's new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair.The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.
I promise you, we as a people will get there.

AUDIENCE: Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can!

Finally we spoke out the changes we each are hoping for, and used this response:
in God's good care ALL: Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can!

Monday, November 17, 2008

morning bell week 31: body prayer


My own early education in prayer was almost exclusively in the context of words. My work with people around prayer has shown me that I am far from alone in that experience. Words, of course are important, and they are a gift to us in prayer. But we are not just connected with God through words. We are physical creatures on a God-blessed earth. And right at the centre of the great story of God told in the Christian faith is the astonishing idea that God came to us in earthy-body form, Jesus of Nazareth.

So this week’s morning bell is taking as its starting point the possibility that our prayer can be a physical thing. I am going to be offering some of the simple body prayer practices that I use and find helpful. My prayer is that as morning bell-ers and I do this together we may discover that the ever-creative God is closer than we can imagine.

morning bell for day one this week explores how to allow our walking or running to become a prayer. You can get morning bell here.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

small missional communities with CMS


I've just started a 3 month part-time project with CMS. A key part of the project is helping to encourage and resource new small missional communities. I think that one of the great things that CMS can offer in this context is a global perspective, both in terms of their experience of how the Church is engaging in mission in the emerging context world-wide, and in sharing a Jesus who is for all cultures, all peoples, all times. We are organising a 24 hour conversation at High Leigh in January for people interested in forming small missional communities. Please get in touch with me if you think you might like to come.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

full-on Sigur Ros


On Friday night Gail and I went to see Sigur Ros at the Colston Hall Bristol. You know that feeling of anticipation you get about seeing a band that you really like for the first time? They were very very good. I hadn't expected them to be so visceral and strong. There's a fragility to some of their recorded stuff, but this was full-on. Buddies Matt and Jim from hOME were there too.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

hope-filled day


What a hope-filled day! Barack Obama is elected US president. The first African-American president. A tangible sense of change for good. Everything becomes possible. This is the kingdom season in the Church year - reminding us that God's better world of love, peace and justice is breaking in and breaking out all around us, here and now. Obama's election is surely a sign of that hope-filled happening.