In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Jesus is God. Mary is his Mother. Go to Mass.
Thank you and goodbye.
Traditional Evangelism strategies seem to focus solely on the intellectual arguments for God, for the need for Jesus and ignore the real reasons why people seek out the Paradise Promise: an emotional connection with the unseen, the sacred and meaning in their lives. There aren’t enough words to describe this movement of the heart and this is where the Sacrament life of the Church returns to fill the emotional void of mission. Based upon extensive work in alternative worship groups, youth work and real frontline evangelism with young people for whom a formal course would be meaningless, Fr. Simon Rundell, an Anglican Parish Priest in the Diocese of Exeter, seeks to raise our consciousness towards the mysterious, the sacramental and the numinous whilst connecting with those far outside the walls of the Church. The key question this year’s festival might want to ask is “what or whom are we saving paradise for?”, and how the traditions of the Church can shape the cutting edge of Gospel-shaped mission in the 21st Century.
Fr. Simon and the Blesséd Community are well known at Greenbelt for their wildly sacramental offerings in worship. He was written widely on Sacramental Alternative Worship and Sacramental Worship with Children and is currently developing materials for Frontline Evangelism with Young People.
The Parish Communion Movement arose from the work of the then ascendant Catholic wing of the Church of England; now with the ascendency of the evangelical wing in the Church, holy communion in church is (slowly) diminishing from use in the wider Church.
Look around you and you see this happening. If it succeeds then the Church will be on the whole diminished, as it retreats to the ritualists (like me).
(from today’s Fresh Expressions meeting)
One of the things that I find most distressing with working with teenagers, and especially teenage girls, and even having teenage daughters is the awareness of their submission to the whole body-image hegemony: that the unreality of magazines and tv body image just messes with their minds and their self-esteem. This spoof advert captures the ludicrous tone of beauty product ads (does anyone actually believe that stuff anyway?) and will be perfect to use an an icebreaker in a discussion about self image.
We all know where this leads… I make no apology for this next clip, which is disturbing and confronting and just what needs to be seen:
“Man looks on the outside but God looks within”
If there is only one message I seek to tell and tell and tell to young people (and in fact people of all ages) then it is that “God loves you. As you are. You are special.”
That is all.
Beautiful photography. Challenging soundtrack. Interesting questions.
Makes me want to use this in a discipleship icebreaker. Pity you can’t easily download it, but then again there’s always Save2PC
My clinical speciality was ITU and Coronary Care, but it was now so long ago that the daily-honed skills I had on someone’s chest are now as rusty as the next person’s, but I welcome this move to make CPR far more widely known. I am also pleased that they have insisted on the use of the phrase “cardiac arrest” rather than “heart attack” because a heart attack is a Myocardial Infarction: a reduction in blood supply to the heart causing pain and dysrhythmia which is not the same as the sudden cessation of heartbeat which kills. CPR is for use when someone’s heart stops.
You can make a difference with CPR. Hands-only CPR is an effective way of maintaining circulation and it might just save a life with minimal risk to yourself. The current thinking is that in an un-monitored (ie outside of an ITU/CCU) arrest, the action of compression does some air exchange, and the continued circulation even at lowered oxygen levels maintains the vital organs. If they do die (and survival rates are very very low), it was probably because they were going to anyway. If they survive, then you have made a real difference: DO THE CPR!
If more people were prepared to help, then rates would improve. It’s never going to always work but you should try.
He does this sometimes. It is galvanising and always challenging, but sometimes the appointed Scriptures of the Office or the Mass just leap out and cry to me “What are you doing?”. Today’s first reading at Mass speaks openly to my sin, to your sin and to our collective sin. Lord have mercy…
|1 John 3:7-10|
forced-through proposed Anglican Covenant should be based upon Scripture. No question about that. Maybe then it should be based upon these:
Matthew 7:1 suggests no-one can presume to sit in judgement on anyone else
Matthew 22:37-39 requires that compassion should be at its heart
…at which point the need for the Covenant becomes superfluous, and it should be withdrawn.
These three Scriptural Tests should be considered whenever one of our brothers or sisters seeks to condemn one part of the church by another: suddenly issues like women priests, bishops, sexuality and the rest pail into insignificance with the power and inclusiveness of the Gospel. It is, after all, all about the Gospel. Some might want to call me a liberal or a revisionist, but c’mon, read the Gospels!