Monday, May 24, 2010

Dirty Nuns

Nuns are something, all in white, they go down into the dirt of the world and pull out what is precious and shine it up again as best they can.


Not an exaxt quote but close. From the Book: Brother Odd by Dean Koontz 2006. p294. HarperCollinsPublishers

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Taking a Piss at Church

My friend posted this very funny "movie" on his blog where the church is taking the piss out of certain experiences you'll find in contemporary pente & mega churches (and wanta bee's)

Check out North Point Churches Growtivation very Chaser if you ask me and very much what I experienced 10 years ago when I was part of that style of Church and what I know to well I have at my finger tips when leading worship.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Beginning Prayer During Summer at the End of the Day

Peace to those absent,
Peace to those present,
Peace to those known and unknown.


God of the hopeless and hopeful.
We are here again, gathered in sacred circle,
The familiar afternoon street birds are chirping, the cars are going by and we feel the afternoon breeze as it brings refreshment from the heat of the day.
The sun sets, the day begins to end and the night descends.

Conscious of the now, we breathe in, and out, stilling ourselves, and being present in the now.

We are here for a range of reasons,
some because, life is hard and sad
For others life is good and happy.
Many reasons, many situations, but this time is for us.

Breathing in, and out, in, and out. We are here, present in this moment, the other can wait or take care of itself.

Come now Holy Spirit, comforter and guide, be present with us and bless this time making it a sacred place.

Amen.

I wrote this prayer to go at the beginning of a afternoon time of prayer & meditation, towards the beginning of the service. An alternative beginning call \ response is one I found in the daily office part of the Anglican book "A Prayer Book for Australian". +  Peace to those who are far off, Peace to those who are near.