Here is our prayer/dedication grapevine from yesterday's service. It was much admired by folk who came to our joint evening service.
I think it symbolises a lot more than 'just' our prayers.
It symbolises our sense of community, that in our diversity we hold together as a (broadly) reconciled unity.
It symbolises something of the story of our life together, as we have experimented with different approaches to 'all age worship' in order to find a model that works for us, for now.
It symbolises something of the temporality of all things - this poster-prayer will be on the wall for a few weeks, maybe a few months, and then will be discarded.
It acts, in some small measure, as a missional tool, as anyone entering our premises will see it, and have the opportunity to read the words, to see the squiggles and symbols, and discover something of how our faith and life intertwine
I think for me, as we near the seventh anniversary of my arrival in Glasgow, it symbolises much of what I want to celebrate about this church and my part within it.
Jesus said, "I AM the vine... abide in me... "
Make your home in me...
Rest in me...
Stick at it with me...
Jesus said, "you are the branches..."
When you are strong and when you are weak
When life is easy and when it is tough
When you rejoice and when you weep
When it is a season of fruit-bearing
And when it is time for the pain of pruning
Jesus, true and living vine
Source of vitality and energy
Refresh, renew and reinvigorate us all
That, in whatever season we find ourselves
We may bear fruit worthy of you
Photo (c) Brian Muir