Sunday, 30 March 2014
Wednesday, 26 March 2014
I have however still read through the lectionary readings and worked out what I might do, if I were in charge...
The readings are familiar - 23rd Psalm and John 9 - the healing of a blind man.
It is also Mothering Sunday here in Scotland (the UK) so there is that to consider too...
The history of Mothering Sunday is itself interesting, for it arises not from celebrating the woman who gave you birth, but from the church that baptised you.
In the Victorian period, many young girls and boys were in service and expected to attend the church attached to the house they served; on the 4th Sunday of Lent they were given leave to go home to worship in their Mother Church; traditionally as they went, they gathered wild flowers to present to their own mothers when they arrived.
This is of course folklore, and I do not know the full accuracy of the sources, but it is what I have always understood. As time went by greetings cards became more widely available and latched onto the idea, creating Mothers Day cards, and thus a multi-million pound industry was born!
We will be presenting a small gift to every woman in church, whether she is a mother, or she "mothers" - bearing a child is not the only indicator of motherhood.
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Sunday, 23 March 2014
|Desert Wilderness (photo from Holy Land 2008 JMW)|
Did you have to call it that?Moses: What?
Voice A: “Argue and Test.” It’s not a very nice name.
Moses: It wasn’t very nice behaviour.
Voice B: But we don’t need reminded of that every time we go back there.
Voice A: You’ve got us all squirming. It’s… uncomfortable… embarrassing!
Moses: Maybe you do need reminded. Maybe I should have made you squirm a long time ago. Maybe that’s what I did wrong.
Voice A: What?
Moses: Yep, I wonder why it took me so long to name what you’ve been doing. You’re suddenly having a proper look at yourselves.
Voice B: Well OK, we kind of complained a bit, and weren’t very trusting, but you didn’t have to paint it up in bold letters!
Moses: Can I show you something?
A & B: What?
Moses: (pulling out a chart) Here is the map I’ve been keeping of our journey. I made some notes of other names along the way, not that I painted them up in bold anywhere. Let’s go right back to day one. Here - just past the Red Sea…
Voice B: (Looking at chart) “Bickering”.
Voice A: Let me see! (Looking at chart) Oh no, a bit further along the road you’ve got “Fracas”…
Voice B: …and not long after that comes “Petty Pouting”.
Voice A: What’s this in the foothills?
Voice B: “Headache.”
Voice A: And halfway along to the next wadi…
Voice B: Looks like “Discord.”
Voice A: Aw Moses! (pointing at chart) What have you got here?
Voice B: (Looking) But he’s right! I remember that campsite on the plain – “Tantrums Common” – we deserve it!
Voice A: What’s this bit you’ve scored out?
Moses: Couldn’t decide between “Little Grumbles” or “Lesser Whinings.”
Voice A: Have we been that bad?
Voice B: We’ve probably been worse!
What’s this other list in the corner here?Moses: Oh, those are the names I’m still looking forward to using.
Voice A: Let me guess… “Greater Gripes”? …or “Fullscale Fallout”?
Voice B: No… look! There’s “Harmony Junction”.
Voice A: Ah… well, we’ve not earned that one yet.
Voice B: “Reconciled.”
Voice A: Hmm. Sometimes we get about halfway there.
Voice B: “Trusting.”
Voice A: Long way to go!
Moses: But we’ll get there. We’ll get there.
Voice B: You really think so? Then maybe we should name this place…
Friday, 21 March 2014
|Driftwood on Lossie Beach March 2014|
Thursday, 20 March 2014
Monday, 17 March 2014
Sunday, 16 March 2014
|Primulas in my garden: born again after a long grey winter|
Thursday, 13 March 2014
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Monday, 10 March 2014
Sunday, 9 March 2014
|Oasis in the Judean Wilderness (JMW 2008)|
Friday, 7 March 2014
2) What religious/spiritual film has touched you? This could be something overtly thematic, like The Last Temptation of Christ, or something more subtle, like Enchanted April.
I can still remember watching "A Beautiful Mind" at the cinema; I had not fully understood what it was about; and the realisation in the middle of the film, that these friends were in his mind just rocked me to the core. I have always been mindful of mental health issues, it has been a constant part of our family life to one extent or another for many years. But watching this, and the stark reality of what treatments were available, and the stigma carried was so beautifully portrayed. And the moment, at the end of the film when John Nash is sitting in the campus canteen, and everyone gives him their pen (a sign of great respect) moves me to tears still, just thinking about it.
3) When the going gets tough, is there a film you turn to for distraction and/or to help shift your mood?
Hmm... if you do not know Enchanted April - watch it!! Stunningly beautiful film. However, for me a recent film about spiritual discovery that I liked (not sure I loved it) was Eat, Pray, Love. Another, older one would be Babette's Feast - so lovely, that was a story of deep, spiritual love at its most essential. And another... (heck, these all include food!) is Chocolat! Loved that... though I think I loved the book more.
Ahh... see this is my guilty secret! I love a chick flick! And I have loads of them, do I want to laugh, or do I need to cry? Am I mad? Or am I frustrated? Clueless; Wimbledon; 27 Dresses; 2 Weeks Notice; Truly Madly Deeply; the list goes on here is a photo of my shelf in the DVD cupboard!
4) What is your all-time favorite movie?
5) If you were to choose a film for viewing and discussion with your congregation, what would you choose?
This is a hard one. The film I watch over and over is St Elmo's Fire - a real rite of passage film from the 80s; another one I have watched a lot is "Truly Madly Deeply" all about grief and recovery. They are not classic favourites I suppose, but they each have a particular pull for me.
Depending what we were exploring; Shadowlands is great for all sorts of aspects of faith, and love and loss. Meet Joe Black is really interesting if you were thinking about how evil permeates life. I cannot actually imagine doing this - so choosing a film for discussion is really testing me!
Well, this was fun!
Maybe I know more films than I thought! Although, most of those are not recent... so maybe I don't!
Thursday, 6 March 2014
|Looking across the wilderness to the Dead Sea. photo taken by Julie Woods|