grace kicks off for 2014 this saturday with an exploration of ignation spirituality - at home in the world
in our twentieth year in grace we are revisiting some old themes in a new playful way. last night's grace was a rework of communion by numbers. in the original, a liturgy was followed through by opening a sequence of envelopes around tables in a cafe style and following through a service together. the twist this time round was that each table needed to follow the hashtag #XmasByNos on twitter and instructions arrived via phone or ipad. it worked wonderfully well. and it was particularly amazing to have a few people joining in at the same time from other parts of the world. if you follow the hashtag you can see the instructions, link to some photos, see the tunes played and rework the service yourself.
at the bottom of this post here there are links to the various prayers used including a eucharistic prayer for christmas. i wasn't involved in the planning - it's always fun to arrive at a grace not knowing what is going to happen...
i am making it worship trick 46 in series 4
so grace is going to be 20 years old in november - no doubt i'll blog more about that another time!!!! for this twentieth year of grace we have decided to revisit some themes from previous services and give them a remix/respin. the next one (october) is picking up on the theme of bread which we have touched on a few times over the years (goes nicely with wine of course!). anyway following an initial planning meeting it's going to be called 'enough'. i am putting together a flyer and here's a photo i've taken for it...
i have finally addded photos from the ADVENTures project into a set on flickr - love to know what you think, what ones you like. i really enjoyed the process of having to pay attention to something in this way every day. i have labelled them by day and added a description of each adventure to the first photo of that day. i'll pick a few to post to the blog no doubt...
i put together a photography book ADVENTures to go with the photos i exhibited as part of the small adventures exhibition. it's available as a print book or as a pdf here. if you click on preview i have set it up so you can see the whole book.
the idea with the theme was that a small adventure is an adventure in the every day, in the ordinary. this is in contrast to what might be thought of as the hunter’s quest for an exotic location, perfect conditions, or at least somewhere other and more exciting than where i am now. i have been so busy with work that i have taken less photos in the last couple of years. so i had to find a way to weave the project into that busy life. i decided to take a season of 24 days in which to pay attention to something ordinary and photograph it. it was a bit of a tenuous link but because the word adventure contains advent that was the season i elected. It is a season in the church calendar which runs from dec 1 to dec 24 focused on themes of waiting and preparation in the run up to christmas. whilst i wasn’t especially exploring those themes it felt a good season to be doing the project.
the word adventure is probably an overstatement but i found my photography re-invigorated, and noticed things that would normally have passed me by. whist i am pleased with some of the photos actually it is the whole that i like which is why i decided to put them in a book. for the exhibition i exhibited them in a long strip with one photo from each of the 24 days, and then had 3 photos from a journey via train to n wales. this layout here gives you the idea of how it looked.
i will be adding the photos to a set in flickr as well.
it's the last few days of the small adventures exhibition in ealing - here's one of mine on display - crewe station which looked magical in the cold and frosty air en route to colwyn bay last december...
just loving spring this year - the blossom is amazing, and yesterday i went for a walk and noticed some bluebells. i have made various attempts to photograph them - my best so far is probably here. my favourite attempts always seem to be to play with the colour and push into more abstract shots...
i am taking part in small adventures, a photography exhibition in ealing in may which i am excited about. thought i'd post it now so you can plan ahead. there is a private view which is invite only. let me know if you'd like an invite and i'll invite you!
i am part of the team that is curating the exhibition and helped put together the proposal and so on. i have a book of photos and 4 photos which will be on display along with around a dozen other photographers from the ealing LIP group
i am very excited! yes some people don't believe that my laid back self does excitement but i am honestly (at least inside)!
the first copy of making communion, a collection of communion liturgies from grace has landed on my doorstep hot of the press. this is the latest in proost's pocket liturgy series. it is the longest yet at around 150 pages. i feel very proud of it having helped put it together.
there's a couple of reasons i particularly like this book...
the first is that grace have spent a lot of time over the years trying to work out how to be creative with communion whilst also being respectful to the tradition we are located in (church of england). so this book gave us a chance to write a summary in a 20 page introduction of how we have thought that through and worked it out. i hope and suspect this may be of interest to lots of other communities who are trying to negotiate similar challenges. if you do read it we would love some feedback and further discussion around that.
the second is that there are 24 liturgies or ways that we have celebrated communion. most have been written by members of grace. a few are from other communities and used with permission. but there are some really lovely and inspiring prayers and approaches. many are on the grace web site in the archives but it's great to pull them together in one place.
you can order a physical book through lulu who we use to self publish.
if you are a proost subscriber, then you can access the book as part of your subscription. did you know that there are now around 25 books published on proost?! i have all the pocket liturgies on an ipad so can pull them up at any time. the books alone are worth more than the cost of a subscription before you add in the movies and albums and other stuff.
To reach satisfaction in all
desire satisfaction in nothing
To come to possess all
desire the possession of nothing
To arrive at being all
desire to be nothing
To come to the knowledge of all
desire the knowledge of nothing
these are words from john of the cross in a poem that we will be exploring at grace this saturday - see you there?!
it's the first grace of the year this coming sturday - why not join us? post christmas here's the blurb...
What did you want? What did you actually get?
What will you do with it now that you've got it?
How do we recognise the true worth of what we are given?
Join us on Saturday 12th January for the first Grace of 2013.
It would be great if you can bring, or be prepared to talk about:
- a valued gift
- an useless or unsuitable gift
- a gift whose true value only became apparent much laterHope to see you
this saturday 8pm grace will be walking a grass labyrinth mown in the grounds of st marys church ealing. if the weather today is putting you off the idea the forecast tomorrow looks good at the moment with a sunny day in store! we will gather outside by the labyrinth. there will be a café afterwards in st marys... hope to see you there.
if you've not heard of or walked a labyrinth before it's a space to be prayerful and reflect on your own journey of faith - it's a journey of three parts - a) towards the centre letting go, quitening down b) the centre - holy space to be still with god c) the journey back out - reflecting on life back in the everyday.
we have mowed a new design for the labyrinth inspired by a church in earlsfield. i passed by it last week when visiting a friend and took a photo of it and have copied their pattern (which is a bit more complex than the one on the photo above).
if you are interested in mowing your own it's easier than you might think - i have written up how to go about it here
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