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Tidying as we Go

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We’ve found a new phrase for a value that we want to pursue as CLC.  We were on Crow Hill and while tidying up our own rubbish we decided to collect some other rubbish, thus leaving the area cleaner than when we first arrived.

God cares so much for His dearly beloved creation–people and world too.   Making our patch better for the next person who comes along symbolizes how we all share the hills, the parks, our world.  Cleaning someone else’s litter reminds us that we give freely and God commissioned us to be a blessing and not being distracted by things like who made the mess in the first place.  We love, like He loves us, generously and with no strings attached!

This is a good value to cultivate.  There are many ways we can do this in our lives.  Not just litter.  We can even contribute some encouraging words to a conversation, give someone a smile who comes to us frowning.

We are copying our loving Papa God when we bring His redemption into our wold.  Who knows the big impact we are having.

This is why, on Sunday at our BBQ on Jesus Green, we brought some litter pickers and all ages enjoyed leaving the area cleaner than it was when we first arrived!

Hilltop Praying

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I enjoy praying with friends in a very specific, visually engaging way. We go outside, find a hill and get to the top. Then we look to the four directions and speak out Bible verses as prayers, reminding ourselves of how big Father is, remembering how wide His influence reaches. We see a little glimpse of how much authority He has while seeing his amazingly beautiful creation.

Genesis 14: God said to Abram, “Open your eyes, look around. Look north, south, east, and west. Everything you see, the whole land spread out before you, I will give to you and your children forever. I’ll make your descendants like dust—counting your descendants will be as impossible as counting the dust of the Earth. So—on your feet, get moving! Walk through the country, its length and breadth; I’m giving it all to you.”

I’m struck by Papa-God’s generous heart and big-scoped promises.   We will have a home, a place to call our own.  And a family, children and grand-children are promised to us here.

Isaiah 43:6“So don’t be afraid: I’m with you.  I’ll round up all your scattered children, pull them in from east and west.  I’ll send orders north and south: ‘Send them back. Return my sons from distant lands, my daughters from faraway places.  I want them back, every last one who bears my name, every man, woman, and child Whom I created for my glory, yes, personally formed and made each one.’”

People and relationships are priority one to our God. See what he wrote about those who have scattered?  We are all His beautiful wonderful creation and He cares deeply about us all.

Keeping in mind God’s heart shown in these two passages, find a hilltop and pray something similar.  Pray for freedom and reconciliation with family for those supported by Mayak east of us.  Pray for the decision-makers in the USA west of us.  Ask for wisdom and generosity from our government south in London, in regard to immigrants and foreigners who need somewhere to live.  Make it more personal and thank Him for a family member or colleague or friend who needs some of these blessings.

Good News euangelion

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Once upon a time there was a family.  See them huddled together in the loft with the door locked and the curtains pulled closed tight?  They are scared as they wait to hear news of the nearby army invasion.  Will they loose their home?  They know they might loose their freedom, even their lives!  They are waiting expectantly because they know how these battles go.  One of their youngsters volunteered to go out to the edges of the town and find out what is happening with the battle.  He’s going to come back with the news.  Will it be bad, or will it be good?

If we have won the battle, if we will be safe, then he’ll shout, “euangelion!”  Everyone knows this means, “good news”.  It means we’ll be healthy instead of dead.  It means we’ll be free instead of slaves.  It means we’ll be happy instead of afraid and we can look forward to a good future!

Father God sent Jesus to die on the cross to win a worldwide battle for humanity.  He rose from that death to bring us life to replace our own spiritual death   euangelion!

Jesus defeated selfishness on the cross so we can live our lives for each other and find true contentment and real purpose  euangelion!

Jesus suffered everything as a human but overcame it all as God.  One of the great things about this awesome victory is that we can enjoy wholeness where we have been sick.  We can be healthy and leave behind our mental and physical illnesses.   euangelion!

Chesterton Festival 2017

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What a great time, what a great church.

What an amazingly creative and generous Father God we have.

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above: two of the hardest working ladies in the land
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Tom, showing how to worship Him while serving His beloved.
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CF Tom serving
CF Lyn KC chillin

KC Chesterton Festival 2017

CF balloons Jose Dan Bethia

Dan chasing a rogue balloon blown by the wind while His dad tied some other balloons.
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CF Lucy popcorn kids Liz
C F popcorn kidskeen for some of the freshly popped corn
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Chesterton Festival Lyn & Lucy

the sun was scorching, no worries of rain for us!
Chesteron Festival setup 2017
Our LT will look at what we can learn from the experience.

And we’re keen to hear your thoughts on how we can improve for next year, at the Chesterton Festival, unless there’s an even better chance to show His love with no strings attached, while giving away something to put a smile on folks’ faces, and be a blessing to the unchurched.

Chesterton Festival 2017 – why?

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Why come out to Pye Rec on Saturday?  Don’t you have something better to do than give away balloons and popcorn to strangers?

Maybe, but I’m going to be there to smile and give stuff to people–as a small little gesture that says, “God loves you, no strings attached”.

Join me praying that people ask, “why?” Why are we are giving away free food at our Sunday Lunches?  We do it because He loves us and we want to share a symbol of that love by serving an enjoyable meal, with some friendship thrown in as well.  He is interested in putting a smile on people’s faces.

You’re invited to come and enjoy the Festival, the bouncy castle, our free popcorn, a CLC Sunday Lunch balloon.

And you’re welcome to have a go with the popcorn popping cart, the balloon blower-upper hand-pump.

You can even join us giving away invites to our Sunday Lunches and free smiles.

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Why?  Because He loves us and we want to share that love with others who He loves too.

Why?  Because church comes alive in a dynamic fun way when we are together outdoors in the fresh air, in our communities, sharing our Life with new folks.

Why?  Because He loves and He said to ‘go and make disciples‘.

Worship & Serving in the Fresh Air

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I love worshiping Him by singing.  It’s my favourite way to express my love to Him with others.   But do you know what’s good about getting out of the four walls of our church meeting place?  Witness!

Yes, our lives speak of Him every day.  At the school gate in our relationships and at workplace–the respect and value we have for people is a witness to the God we serve and the Life of Him in us–as individuals.

But what about when we get out in the community to serve those He loves?  We are taking action to communicate the Gospel to people who won’t hear it in our church gatherings.  We are showing His love to those in a way that I think are answers to prayers for His beloved!  And we are doing together what we can’t do alone.  The Bible verse about a chord of three strings is not easily broken is used as an analogy for husband, wife and God.  It can be used for us as His people working together too.

The Chesterton Festival, on June 17th, is a community event where we have can work together to express His unconditional love for unchurched in our community.

Similarly, this Sunday, 30th April, we can meet together at Daily Bread to litter pick the area and pray as an act of worship, being church without walls!

for the little ones

Litter Pickers, fun for the little ones

Creative All-Ages Outdoor Praying

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Here’s some ideas to get us started:

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  • All together:  let’s dedicate this time to Him, thanking Him that we can be with Him anywhere,anytime–like now and here!

 

  • In a pair: look for an area, a location or a landmark and thank God as you make your way to it.  Thank Him specifically for who He is, what He’s done.

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  • on your own, or as a family: walk (or run!) to another location and when you get there ask Him for something for yourself, your family, neighbourhood and city.   This can be quick and fun–why not try just blurting out a phrase?  It doesn’t need to be formal.  i.e. “sleep!”, “grades!”, “healed depression!”.  He knows what we mean before we even ask.  For example, kids run to the slide and decide what you’ll pray.  Then pray it out on your way down the slide!

 

  • your own idea:  In the flow, try your own fun and informal way to pray on the move

 

  • Together again to finish:  Any prayers you overhead from others inspire you?  Want to repeat a prayer you heard from one of the kids to cultivate your child-likeness?  Go for it!

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Communion for all ages

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Is this just a time to be somber?  Is this a church activity for grownups only?

No!   Anyone who calls Jesus their Lord is invited to eat and drink in the way Jesus teaches us to remember His sacrifice for us on the Cross.
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It’s sometimes referred to as the Lords Supper, or Holy Communion.  People often get serious when then think of Jesus dying for our sins, which is understandable.  But on the other hand, we might communion can be a time for us to remember Jesus coming back to life and our freedom–with joy!

Sarah reminding us that we eat bread to remember how Jesus nourishes our soul and we drink wine to remind ourselves how Jesus is the vine and we are connected to Him to get our life.

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Luke 22:19,  John 6:35, John 15,

Sunday Lunch invite

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You are invited

to Sunday Lunch!

CLC Sunday Lunch

3rd Sunday of the month *

at St. Andrews Church Hall

come for food, friendship, family

* Note: April Sunday Lunch is on 2nd April

Welcome to you

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We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or questioning.  We especially welcome wailing babies and excited toddlers. We welcome you whether you like to sing with your hands in the air (like you just don’t care) or prefer to contemplate the concept of worship with God quietly.

You’re welcome here if you see God as a He, a She, or if you’re not sure if God is real, or if you and The Almighty talk to each other regularly.  We don’t care if you think you are a great Christian or, like most of us, struggle with self doubt and often forget He loves you.  We welcome those who are over 30 and are realising they know less than they thought, and we extend a special welcome to teenagers who might be realising they know almost everything.

We welcome mums playing catch-up, football-watching dads, starving artists, tree huggers, latte sippers, vegetarians, junk food eaters, if you just woke up or just got out of prison.  We especially welcome those who are in recovery or not ready to own their addiction, the high and mighty and the down-in-the-dumps. 

We welcome you if you’re having problems, you think you are a problem, can’t get organised, or don’t like organised religion—which we don’t like either.  We offer welcome to those who think the Earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here only because you are visiting friends in Cambridge. We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither.  We want to make time for those on linked-in, facebook, youtube, twitter, snapchat, instagram, who don’t like the internet or don’t own a computer.

We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids, are curious about spirituality, or found us by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters, people who don’t like being categorised, and you.

inspired by welcome from Coventry Cathedral.