So the busyness of Easter was replaced last week by the relative tranquillity of the first week of the school holidays. Some twenty people were away enjoying the delights of Skeggie the venue for Spring Harvest this year. Apparently they had a brilliant time, enjoying wonderful worship and teaching and even the weather was kind.
The weekend was marked by the latest in our Cafe Church programme. This month we were joined by a number of folk from Colin’s previous church ‘GraceSpace’. It was lovely to have them with us and they appeared to be having a great morning especially as they had chosen a soup Sunday to visit. Even though there were one or two regular people missing this Sunday the numbers at the service were still remarkably high. The theme of the morning was to explore the question ‘Where Do You Come From?’ It appears a simple question on the face of it but as we discovered where we come from and the things that have happened to us on our journey all effect the way we see the world and act within it.
In the evening we repaired to Costa Coffee in Shipley for some very melodic entertainment by ‘Chilling With The King’. Four members of the six strong jazz ensemble from York University provided us with some delightful tunes with which to pass the evening. Our thanks go to them for their willingness to join us.
Our prayer this week comes from John Cosin a 17th century Anglican Bishop of Durham. The prayer is divided into two halves. In the first author asks Jesus to be everything to him. In the second his response is to offer himself completely to God. It is an equation that we need to remember. If we want more of God then we must allow him to have more of us.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Lord Jesus, be a light to my eyes,
music to mine ears, sweetness to my taste,
and full contentment to my heart.
Be my sunshine in the day, my food at table,
my repose in the night, my clothing in nakedness,
and my succour in all necessities.
Lord Jesus, I give you my body,
my soul, my substance, my fame,
my friends, my liberty, and my life.
Dispose of me and all that is mine
as it may seem best to you
and to the glory of your blessed name. Amen.