A few of us gathered together for the first time in months. We brought picnics and tuned into the Greenbelt Sunday Worship online.
This year's Greenbelt theme is Wild at Home. The reading was the parable of the great banquet from Luke 14. A place where the outsiders, the forgotten, the overlooked, the poor, the marginalised are welcome and where an unexpected banquet takes place. We were all encouraged to put our dreams on paper. To send them in to be made into one large creative piece bringing everyone's dreams together.
In attempt to re-establish a ryhthm, mayBe aim to meet up monthly at Florence Park (near band stand) 10.30am every 3rd Sunday of the month. You, yes you, inquisitive website stumbler, would be very welcome to come along to any of our inclusive gatherings - please get in touch just in case plans change at the last minute. The default plan will be to use a liturgy from the Iona community's Wee Worship books and then have a play/coffee in the park, but we hope to embellish this structure as anyone is able to offer something more; we encourage eachother to bring what they can.
We met on Good Friday at the Kidneys nature reserve in Oxford and as we walked we found spots to stop to read from the stations of the cross texts and do some singing. As an improvisation to engage with Jesus crucified we each took a flower to represent the beauty of Jesus the person and destroyed it. We dropped the petal remnants on the ground, and it fell in the dirt and some charcoal from a long-cold fire. Before we left we kneeled around it, like the women at the cross reaching up in sorrow.