Saturday 27 February
Our Wednesday Lenten speaker, The Rev’d Canon Robin Gamble made many links and associations as he looked at the theme, “Lazarus, is Bowie now with God?”
Robin wove a picture of David Bowie as a chameleon showman, who exercised his art with a sense of spirituality.
While looking at various lyrics throughout Bowie career the Freddie Mercery memorial event at Wembley enhanced this perspective. Before a crowded stadium Bowie knelt and recited the Lord’s Prayer as the audience were completely silent. In the middle of a concert for his lost friend, a prayer.
Robin talked of Bowie as having career that operated in the unstable boundary between the sacred and profane.
And I thought of the Jesus story and our Christian calling.
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8th March 2015
The Reverend Richard Coles is a priest in Northamptonshire and a regular host of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. He is also the only vicar in Britain to have had a number 1 hit single: the Communards’ ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’. Fathomless Riches is his memoir in which he divulges with searing honesty and intimacy his pilgrimage from a rock-and-roll life of sex and drugs to a life devoted to God & Christianity.
At times disturbing in its frankness and self-centred drawing in of faith. A challenging read that can place ourselves within the kingdom’s call.
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church
Morning prayer Friday seemed to round off conversations about hospitality and our call to ‘show’ mercy as seen in the ‘Good Samaritan’.
From Galatians 5 and in the ‘Message Version, Paul writes:
My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit.
What happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.
Again from the ‘Good Samaritan’ – “go do (or be) likewise….”