how much more silent can you get?

More than 18,000 people confirmed dead after an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale hits parts of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. [Source: The Age]    "…and after the fire a terrorist attack But the Lord was not in the terrorist attack And after the terrorist attack a war on terror But the Lord was…

healesville’s moment of clarity… part 1

Mike and Claire host worship at their place in Healesville on a Saturday evening once a month. It’s an open house kind of affair, lots of food and wine around the table; different stations for interaction, conversation and reflection are set up around the rest of the house. We’re using a different meal story from…

but i’m not one of them…

Matthew 22:1-14 You see straight through me. Again. I start to read the story, and i know i’m in. I want everyone to come to the party. Everyone. I’ll be out there herding them in: “you should see the food, and there’s wine for all (and belgian beer). Of course you can bring a friend…”…

synod reflection… monday midday

  The bible reading was Luke 4:16-21… the morning bible study theme was "The gospel of social and political transformation"… and we took the catchphrase for worship "Come Spirit, anoint us to bring good news to the poor". The side screens had images from an oppressed world. The centre screen had the scene from Whalerider…

I Kings 19… a still silent voice

NYLTC Worship, station 6 I Kings 19:12 And after all this, a sound of sheer silence…   The conference room was darkened. There were two candles at its entrance, placed next to the Bible reading. There were cushions on the floor.  A looped clip from the Zen TV DVD was playing, of a dandelion blowing…

I Kings 19… wind, earthquake and fire

NYLTC Worship, station 5 I Kings 19: 11-12 Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but…

I Kings 19… the cave

NYLTC Worship, station 4 I Kings 19:8-10  Elijah went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God. At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there. Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying “What are  you doing here, Elijah?”…

I Kings 19… the angels

NYLTC worship, station 3 I Kings 19:4-8  He came to a lone broom bush and collapsed in its shade, wanting in the worst way to be done with it all–to just die: "Enough of this, GOD! Take my life–I’m ready to join my ancestors in the grave!" Exhausted, he fell asleep under the lone broom…

I Kings 19… the desert

NYLTC worship, station 2 I Kings 19:3 When Elijah saw how things were, he ran for dear life to Beersheba, far in the south of Judah. He left his young servant there and then went on into the desert another day’s journey.       This space was set up simply with a pile of…