Malcolm leading the crowd
Malcs warming up!
It was great having Malcolm playing at our breakfast Gathering on Sunday morning. We had a full hall with many people joining alongside the usual group. Malcolm was witty, thoughtful, and moving and he played and sang well. Awesome!
Rainbow at St Stephen’s
There was even a rainbow to greet the concert-goers!
Escher’s ‘Print Gallery’
Out of yesterday’s Gathering conversation…
I have no idea about the artist M.C. Escher’s theological motivations, but I find the Print Gallery drawing a compelling revelation of the faith dimension of life. What is depicted is the experience of looking at art and the way the viewer is transported into a wider vista of reality through the viewing. It is as if another world has broken into this one, and the artist has found a way to lead people into it.
For me, the reign of God/kingdom of God, has been announced and lived out and revealed by the, among many other things, soul artist Jesus Christ – who is kind enough to make himself known to us – a window into the real world that is so often missed by the crowd and the culture.
M C Escher’s ‘Ascending and Descending’
I used this image as a theme at The Gathering this morning and commented on it in response to Jason Goroncy’s referencing of Archbishop Rowan Williams here: http://cruciality.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/an-authentic-church-is-a-church-which-sees-itself-as-the-bearer-of-a-question/
Thank you that you love us all – especially children!
Thank you for the wonderful gift that Chelsea is in our family circle.
As you look out for her, may you also look out for Mum and Dad and the rest of us,
and everyone else here as well. Amen.
Read by Lucy (aged 5)
On Sunday morning our breakfast church Gathering was especially good with the ‘naming ceremony’ for little Chelsea and the welcome addition of family & friends.
Thanks to the various people who put in a bit extra – food, hospitality, 27 children! (not counting two babies), and who contributed to some really interesting reflections on parenting and how we honour the young people among us.