(An old photo of one of our gatherings.)
We are just back from our monthly worship gathering with Aoradh. We had planned to use a larger space this week, as people had expressed a desire to sing. That old fashioned, uncool kind of worship from the 80’s and 90’s- you may remember… (More on this later.)
In the end we used Andy and Angela’s big lounge, and we had power points reflections, music, communion, sharing and lots of other simple but lovely things- oh and we sang too. All the elements of our worship were collected in the moment- prepared by different people, but it all fitted together remarkably well.
Then, as is our way, we ate. Lots.
To meet with such lovely people and worship is such a blessing. There are times to look up, to look in and to look out. Today we mostly looked up, but because we did this together it was all the more special.
To finish, we pinched a blessing that Jonny mentioned that Grace had used recently- a lovely one by John O’Donahue. We cut it up, and circulated it, asking people to read the one they had chosen, and to take it away as their own words. I ended up picking up two- the ones highlighted below.
May the blessings released through your hands
cause windows to open in darkened minds
May the suffering your calling brings
be but winter before the spring
May the companionship of your doubt
Restore what your beliefs leave out
May the secret hungers of your heart
harvest from emptiness its secret fruit
May your solitude be a voyage
into the wilderness and wonder of God
May your words have the prophetic edge
to enable the heart to hear itself
May the silence where your calling dwells
foster your freedom in all you do and feel
May you find words full of divine warmth
to clothe others in the language of dawn
May your potentiality be released
to explore new horizons of what’s possible
May your becoming bring gentle surprises
as you remember you’ve not arrived