LITTLE CHALFONT METHODIST CHURCH
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Bidding may take place until Sunday, 22nd May at 8 pm.
Please let Gill McAllister or Rohan Navaratnam have your bids as soon as possible.
Bids may also be handed in or sent to our Church Office or Church email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t delay …
please get your bids in today
so that you won’t be disappointed!
Auction results will be announced on Saturday, 28th May, with Afternoon Tea at 5 pm in the Newstead Hall
All Proceeds to Church Funds
The Coffee Morning, cakes, other sales, car wash and lunches on
Saturday 14th May
raised over £600 for Christian Aid.
Thank you to everyone who baked, grew plants, ran stalls, made lunch, washed cars, put up and took down tables, swept the floors, organised and advertised or otherwise attended and supported this event.
What caught your eye today? by Rev Ann Ellis
This was the title given to a series of photographs posted on a social media site by a friend of mine. It started as ten photos, one each day, that morphed into a year long project. Lorna set herself the task of being deliberately observant of the situations and people she found herself dealing with on a daily basis, in the hope that by sharing those things that caught her eye it would encourage her to look up from her screen to the world beyond. The result was an eclectic mix of places and people, starry skies, sunsets, and also of the small things that surround us, unremarkable for their very familiarity. Those small everyday things that could, so easily, have gone by unnoted: the leaf design swirled on top of a cappuccino by a skilled barista; a coil of rope laid neatly beside a mooring, a bowl of podded peas ready for shelling; a jug full of spring daffodils; the jazz singer’s glitzy shoes. Each photograph underscoring the rewards of looking in anticipation, expecting to be surprised.
Our lives are full of the familiar; people, places, routines, the things we know about and understand. It is our experience of the familiar that provides the interpretive framework we use to make sense of the world in which we live and function. The tendency is, however, to see what we expect to see, and to look no further.
The lectionary cycles of the Christian year lead us over familiar ground. The Christmas narrative with angels, shepherds and an unmarried couple has become embedded in popular culture. The season of Lent brings us once more to the Wilderness and temptation resisted, and of signs, miracles, mercy and judgment we know well. What thrill can remain, say. in the telling of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, with all it’s hopes of a new Davidic dynasty, when Good Friday is already anticipated? Have we decided already what the Scriptures are all about? What Jesus is all about?
May be, like Lorna, we need to raise our eyes and choose to become deliberately observant of what the gospel writers are saying and come intentionally to each anecdote and passage afresh. It is then the well-worn phrases, words and situations, and even the smallest of details, may catch the eye of our imagination and surprise us with insights anew.
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