It was lovely to welcome Ayla Parkinson, together with her family and friends last Sunday morning as we shared together in her thanksgiving and dedication. At a larger than usual gathering for our All Age celebration, it was a privilege to host both guests and regulars alike, both during the worship room and afterwards as we shared food together. In the service we retraced the latest episode of the Exodus story as found in the Old Testament, reflecting on God’s ample provision for the Israelites in the wilderness, where manna and water were made available when required.
Such thoughts were added to today for those of us who gathered for morning prayer as we heard the reassuring charge of Jesus not to worry as found in Luke 12.22-34. An appropriate reading to accompany the day that the church remembers the ministry of St Francis of Assisi who extolled the virtues of simple living, and trusting in God.
As we look ahead to the weekend, we look forward to meeting again on Sunday when we think once again of God’s provision, this time of a a way of being with one another and with God as expressed in the ten commandments. And before then, we have the opportunity to act as both host and guest at our 'Juggle and Jazz' evening at Church this coming Saturday between 5 - 8 pm. As a part of the 'We stand together’ initiative which looks to bring together diverse groups within a neighbourhood, we’ll be looking to share food with one another within our wider community, so please be encouraged to bring your favourite dish. Circus skills participation isn’t obligatory, but the opportunity is there! Whilst there’s no need to book, Mike would love to know if you plan to be there, particularly if you are able offer to help out at any stage during the evening (but please come even if not!!).