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  • Laugh or Cry?

    Today I was visiting my mother and as we were catching up on news, I said, 'we had a Baptism at church last week.'

    Her reply?  'That's nice, what was the baby's name?'

    I despair!  Still, it made me laugh, which is no bad thing.

  • Remarkably Easy!

    Tonight we had the planning meeting for our Christmas carol outreach service - I know it is incredibly early, but anything organised by committee takes some doing.  We managed to get representatives from two out of three traditions - the usual culprits (M & B but no A) - and had some fun picking carols and thinking how to fill the slots between them (apart from lots of Bible readings which we use each year).  Our theme, stolen from Spurgeon's Childcare, is 'sing like an angel' and we are intending to give everyone an angel themed gift to take away with them as a reminder of the messengers and the message (clever, huh).  This may yet mean making 200 paper angels, but IKEA, Ebay, Poundland and the like will be scoured first.  In between carols and Bible readings will be two sketches, a reflection by Hilary Faith Jones and something from Gervaise Finn, as well as a '5 minute message' by the Methodist minister who is on a three line whip to stay on theme, on time, and in comprehensible English!

    So, what will we be singing like angels?

    Good Christians all, rejoice (as per BPW)

    Angels from the realms of glory

    Hark, the herald angels sing

    While shepherds watched their flocks

    See him lying in a bed of straw

    It came upon a midnight clear

    Christmas is a time to love (this one to be taught to us as part of the service)

    Joy to the world

     

    There are a couple I wouldn't have picked, and a couple I'm really glad we didn't pick, but it nakes for a good, rousing sing and lots of mentions of angels!

    All planning done and everyone gone in time for me to watch 'Silent Witness' - fantastic!

  • Pauline Humour

    handy with face.jpgOn Sunday one of the passages I'm using is 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 which is something of a favourite, guaranteed to ear cartoon.jpgcheer me up with its crazy images of talking hands, feet, ears and eyes.  It really lends itself to some wonderful cartoons, but try as I might there are few if any to be 'Googled' though two I found are on this post.  I love the anthropomorphism of body parts - a foot than can presumably see and understand that it is not a hand, can express this verbally and then hop off because it feels useless, an ear that can see the eye can do what it can't (superb irony) and then flap away.  Definitely some real humour here - but humour with a real point to make.  Talking ears, eyes, feet and hands are a ridiculous concept, and in order to imagine them they have to become bodies in their own right, complete with... eyes, mouths, ears and feet.  How ridiculous then that people feel valueless because of what they're not - but we all do.  How crazy that as individuals or as churches we think we can go it alone, don't need anyone else - but we do.

    Paul often has a reputation for being a misery guts, but the humour of this passage resonates with my own, and makes me think, which is, after all, what the best humour does.