My review of this mornings’ (30th October) service led by Mr Graham Smith. The hymns were “O for a thousand tongues to sing”, “The spirit lives to set us free”, “The Lords’ Prayer (Townend version)”, “May the mind of Christ my Saviour” and “There’s a light upon the mountains”.
The service began with “O for a thousand tongues to sing” followed by the opening prayers and the Lords’ Prayer. Graham Smith then talked to the children who sat on the floor around the lectern.
He used his hobby of space exploration as a way of asking the children if they knew how many astronauts walked on the moon and how many Apollo spacecraft they were leading him to ask “How do we know all this”? and answering that the knowledge is in books.
He then asked how many names the congregation know, we all gulped and hope we weren’t going to be asked! Then he asked the children who they knew from the bible and one answer made us all laugh, one of the children when asked if they knew any names from the bible said “Bad guy in the 12 disciples’”!
The readings were Luke 19:1-10 and Colossian’s 2:6-15, then the sermon by Graham.
The sermon began when Graham was a young man his Aunt’ gave him an old-fashioned record player and some records one of which was by Lonnie Donegan called “My old mans a dustman,” which led him to a Joke, “I say I say I say,” “and what do you say,” My dustbins full of toadstools” “How do you know”? ”my bin hasn’t much mushroom (much room) in it”. He said he was ‘semi-retired’ which was a no-man’s land, neither one or the other, half-done, on Great British Bake Off it’s a soggy bottom, under-baked, no conclusion to a story. He told us he had a water butt by his green house to keep his flowers and fruit watered and healthy.
We must have a balance, the water mustn’t over flow but it mustn’t be used up, if the water isn’t used at all it gets stagnant. We must use and replenish the water to provide the flowers and fruits to grow and flourish. We must refresh and replenish our spiritual lives. Let’s not keep it all within ourselves or it may become stagnant, let’s not use it all without replenishing it nor must we use an umbrella to stop it falling onto us. What is the use of studying Gods word if we keep it all, but, what use are we if we ‘use up’ our spiritual gifts without refreshing it?
We then stood to sing the hymn ‘May the mind of Christ my Saviour’ followed by our offering and prayers of intercession, followed by our closing hymn which was ‘There’s a light upon the mountain’. We shared the blessing between us before we enjoyed tea or coffee. A most enjoyable and thought provoking service, I have my scales out measuring my spirituality level!
Kindly written by Denis Kirkham