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.
Every Wednesday Morning at 10.30
Come for nattering and chattering,
friends old and new.
Rev Vincent Jambawo is also available at this time
Stationing (New Minister appointment)
Please pray for all those involved in the stationing process as we ask God to provide us with our next Minister.
Also for Vincent as he undergoes this process himself, that his next post will be welcoming, needful of his skills and nurturing of his family.
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LENT TALKS ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS
AT BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
This Lent, open meetings are to be held on Wednesdays at 8pm at Broadway Baptist Church in Chesham, on the theme of
17th February: Dr Krish Kandiah, London School of Theology
24th February: Sir Peter Fahy, former Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police:
“Reconciling Christian faith with working in the Criminal Justice system."
2nd March: Dr Sharon Dirck, Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics
9th March: Lord Leslie Griffiths,
“Making sense of life – one person’s experience”
16th March: Anne Atkins, author and broadcaster,
“An evening with Anne Atkins."
Methodist Church of Kperedi
Video report fom Guy
Thanks to Little Chalfont Methodist Church, the Methodist Church of Kperedi, is being built. After more than 20 years of trying in vain, this is reality today. May God bless our brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ from LCMC, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND.
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