14th February 2016

Rev Judith Satchell

Giving up Church for Lent

Part of our "non" service held on Valentine's Day

As we gave up the Church and were in the Hall there is no other audio. 

Letter from God

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Word

Psalm 139 Each table read part of it 

Reflection on the Psalm stay at the table and look at a few verses from Psalm 139 with the others around the table: “What does this psalm say to us about God’s love?”

Psalm 139

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,’
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand –
    when I awake, I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
    Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
    and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

 

 

 

 

 Well, that was different! 

On Sunday the 14th February (Valentine’s Day) Longcauseway Church gave up church for Lent for that day.  Instead of the normal service in the sanctuary with the usual order of service, we met around tables in the Hall. Drinks and biscuits were available all morning.  We had a central table with Bible, Cross and flowers to remind us that we were still in a place of worship.

The room was buzzing with conversation and excitement as people gathered, wondering what the morning would be like.  We had set up for 72 and needed to get more chairs and tables as folk continued to arrive.  There were around 90 people present.

Our minister, Judith Satchell introduced the service and maintained the momentum during the morning.  Each table read verses from Psalm 139.  The screen was used for Responsive Praise, a wonderful DVD entitled ‘A Love Letter from God’, images to help us pray for our concerns for ourselves and the world and the final scene from the film ‘Love Actually’ where everyone gathers at the airport.

There were appropriate craft activities focussing the love of God and the love we have for one another.  Conversation was animated.  The Pilots came and presented a drama about the Parable of the Prodigal Son.  It was lovely to see young and old interacting with blowing bubbles as we got rid of our wrong doings of the past week as the bubbles burst.

This was a service of worship - but not as we know it!

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