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#642 Our evening worship centred around the theme of #MayDay, with #Maypole dancing, food, drink and celebration – a beautiful way of bringing a #community together. How often do we just get together to celebrate the passing of time, or a new phase? #relationships #buildcommunity

Christ in you and Christ in me

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Community
Community church
Community church in context
Community church in context with Christ at the centre
Christ in you and Christ in me
Christ crucified and died – why?
To collapse the corrupt, cold and contemptuous
To carry those who are cleaned out, companionless or crying out
To give courage to the collective
regardless of class, creed or citizenship
We needn’t have anything in common
except that all were created and configured with one image
That of Creator, redeemer and sustainer
Christ in you and Christ in me
Claire, Charlie, or Chris
Cruising in an old cortina or a classic convertible
In church, clinic, college, even the House of Commons
At Christmas, Candlemas or crucifixion
Chef, carpenter, civil engineer or cleric
Council house, cottage or country manor
in Chester, Cupar, Cardiff, Coventry, Chichester or Clitheroe
All form the collective, the church
Christ in you and Christ in me
So why do communities come a cropper
Contaminated by crime, cruelty and contumacy
Cascading, collapsing into churlishness, condescension and discontent
Charity is exchanged with cupidity
Collegiality converts to a disconnect
A chink in our cityscape
With conviction we clutch our comfort blankets, careful not to catch
sight of concepts or commoners who cast confusion
Christ in you and Christ in me?
Christ at the centre, context of church in the community
Church or community
Church?

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Rhythm of Life

#538 #backintherhythm of #communityliving #morningprayer #eveningprayer #lectures #communitymeals #privilege #cherisheachday 

Vulnerability 


#384 #day2 of #placement involved two #pastoralvisits and an #intermentofashes. Two things really struck me today: firstly the absolute privilege of walking with people at certain times in their lives, and secondly the #vulnerabilityofhumanity. Those who are housebound completely rely on the good will of those around them to visit or to run errands. They can become so cut off from their communities that something as simple as a church newsletter becomes one of very few links with the outside world! How has it happened that neighbours do not speak to one another, and that lives have become so busy, meaning that people who are #housebound lose touch with anyone who has been significant in their lives and simply fade away…?

God’s Angels


#336 Today I have been reminded again about the #loveofcommunity. As I was called back to Derby for a family emergency I had to leave my placement and go home quickly to pick up some clothes and inhalers and was greeted by two members of the #community wanting to know if I had eaten and what they could do to make my departure swifter. So today I offer a #prayerofthanks for two of #godsangels – you are such a blessing!

People are like petals

#305 #communities are like #flowers, with #peopleaspetals holding one another #safely within. At the beginning of the life of a flower, all of the petals #growtogether at a similar speed. In the same way a community grows together. When one petal wilts, the others join it, just like members of a community share in the trials of one.

Living in Community

#289 What I love about living in #community are the #relationships. It’s a little bit like a family, and when something goes wrong for any one of us, all are there, doing what they can to #love, #serve and #support either practically, spirituality or emotionally. Relationships are key to #beinghuman and the more we invest in them, the better we get along…how can we invest more in one another to make relationships in our communities better?

Speech!

#283 Preparations for my last guest night speech! This evening was our last guest night of the academic year, and my final guest night as President of the Common Room. As I wrote my speech, I began to think about the huge privilege to have served the college community in this role, and how much I have enjoyed it. How Dr Who’s Amy Pond, cat treats, a bottle of port and a bunch of flowers all link up is one of life’s little mysteries! Today I thank God for #community, #friendship and #service.

Food or Community

#273 What is more important? #food or #community (being with the other sheep)? Should food always be shared? If we shared more of what we have would we be happier? Does money always bring happiness? Does loneliness always lead to unhappiness?

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