Saturday, 7 April 2012

Holy Week Musings - 5

Odder still to be so absent while the rest of the church community is getting on with marking Holy Week and Easter. Still, aren't human weakness, fickleness and vulnerability crucial to the story? Not of course forgetting divine faithfulness....

Friday, 6 April 2012

Holy Week Musings - 4

It is very odd having prepared a service and then not be able to be a part of it. Very good though to have the kind of friends and colleagues who can just pick up and run with it. 'Sorted', as a certain TV chef might have said. Or should that be, "Provided!'?

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Holy Week Musings - 3

Zut Alors. I seem to have a chest infection. So I missed last night's service and will miss tonight's. The spirit is willing, etc.... Good wishes to everyone else.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Holy Week Musings - 2

I left Kelvinside-Hillhead pondering the arrival of Greeks to 'see' Jesus and also the subsequent silence of Jesus before his interrogators and torturers. Who is wanting to 'see' him now and whom are they asking? Wondering too about the 'judgment' of this 'world' and the driving out of its 'Lord'.
How does one communicate the dense depths of John's Gospel in the short time we have to do it - especially as one is only paddling around in the shallows oneself? Hmm ....

It is back!

The wee edity-pencilly-icon-thingy is back. I can do this again.... Yay!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Holy Week Musings - 1

On Sunday evening the team who led the service at Hillhead Baptist Church led us into Holy Week with a service that set the scene and anticipated the story that is going to unfold. Ainger's 'Mary's Child' is one of those simple songs that gets me every time.
On Monday in Wellington Church our worship focussed on the story of Mary anointing Jesus in John 12.
We sang Sydney Carter's 'Judas and Mary'. David contributed a thought and prayer-provoking meditation on the washing motif as it reoccurs: Mary and Jesus, Jesus washing the disciples's feet, Pilate washing his hands, the women going to wash and anoint Jesus' corpse, John the Baptizer washing people in the Jordan. A G-d who washed clean a creation God loves, knows and transforms at an intimate level. Is this in contrast to the Genesis story of the flood? Or a transformation of it? Is there a 'through the waters' aspect - Exodus and all that? Hmmm.... these waters will run and run.