Most people opted for the quiet, contemplative serivce, but a few small people were grateful for the alternative with lego prayers. Whether they actually used any of the prayer ideas or whether they simply had fun, it doesn't matter. This was the prototype I made at home. It's an idea that can be revisited some other time - or not.
This morning we had a dip into contemplative spirituality, complete with a bit of Lectio Divina and an Examen prayer. We also listened to a couple of very short extracts from two different contemplatives, Brother Lawrence and Mother Julian. The examen prayer came from Pray As You Go, our Bible readings were Palm 8 and parts of John 14 in The Message paraphrase.
'The Practice of the Presence of God' Brother Lawrence:
I have found in many books many different ways of going to God and many different practices in living the spiritual life. I began to that this was only confusing me, as the only thing I was seeking was to become wholly God’s.
Thus, I resolved to give my all for God’s all. After having given myself wholly to God that he might take away my sin, I renounced, for the love of God, everything that was not God, and I began to live as if there was none but God and I in the world.
Sometimes I imagined myself standing before him as a poor criminal at the feet of a judge. At other times I beheld him in my heart as my Father and as my God. IO worshipped him as often as I could, keeping my mind in his holy presence and recalling it back to God as often as I found it had wandered from him.
'Revelations of Divine Love' Julian of Norwich
[The Lord] showed me something small, no bigger than a hazelnut, lying in the palm of his hand, as it seemed to me, and it was as round as a ball.
I looked at it with the eye of my understanding and thought: what can this be? I was amazed that it could last, for I thought that because of its littleness, it would suddenly have fallen into nothing.
And I was answered in my understanding: it lasts and always will because God loves it; and thus everything has being through the love of God.
In this little thing I saw three properties.
The first is that God made it, the second is that God loves it, the third is that God preserves it. But what did I see in it?
It is that God is the Creator and the protector and the lover.
For until I am substantially united to him, I can never have perfect rest or true happiness, until, that is, I am so attached to him that there can be no created thing between my God and me.
And these words of the goodness of God are very dear to the soul and very close to touching our Lord’s will, for his goodness fills all his creatures and his blessed works full and endlessly overflows them. For he is everlastingness, and he has made us only for himself and restored us by his precious passion and always preserves us in his blessed love; and all this is of his goodness.
Tomorrow's service will be the first of the summer to offer two 'parallel' paths.
The main service will be quiet and reflective, so the parallel is aimed at those who might perfer something active and tactile. Whatever people choose is totally fine.
Watch this space (so long as the platform stays up!!)
After that mishap I was fearful I'd lose (had lost) all my stuff. I found an 'export content' toll hidden in the depths of the blog and have now done so... a TXT file with lots of unicode (or some such) stuff, but at least I have all the words I've written and, I think, all the comments. This is good news!!
Apologies to anyone who was getting error messages when trying to see this site. I don't know what happened, except it told me I needed to pay more money to get more storage cos I'd used most of what I had. Anyway, I'm now good to go for the next six months or so and can review then.