We have just spent a lovely afternoon at our annual Pentecost Bonfire out at Ardentinny beach.
Every year we gather to mark the birthday of church, sharing food then some worship. Today Michaela and Pauline had planned a series of activities around the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5.) The Spirit sent as our helper, our guide- a kind of warmth in the middle of us…
For Love, we used footprints, signifying a step towards the other
For Joy, we used a canvas splashed with exuberant colours
For Peace, we sat in silence listening to the gentle waves, then opened a jar to scoop it all in, and put the lid on
For Patience, we found ourselves a stick to signify sticking with someone or something
For Kindness, we took a smoothed pebble to signify being smoothed and shaped by one another
For Goodness, we passed round a bag of tasks- things that would help us see the good in others
For Faithfulness, we remembered that we had long term committments to one another, and so we wrote on our pebbles the words from Ruth- “Your God is my God”, and passed the pebbles to another
For Gentleness, we reminded ourselves that we did not need to force our way in life, and spent 5 mins walking alone
For Self control, we reminded ourselves that we needed to direct our energies wisely, and so we wrote on ribb0ns, which we intended to fly from the tail of a kite, but the wind was light so, we just decided to take them home.
It was lovely.
We do not usually use music outdoors – there is so much music in the waves after all – but this time Michaela used her little Mp3 dock to play songs- and the simplicity of music, companionship, the beach and an open fire (even with fickle eye stinging smoke) made for a time of deep peace.
All church services should be like this…