On Sunday, 6th June we are hosting our first (simultaneous) in-person AND livestreamed gathering. We’ll meet this way on the FIRST Sunday of each month (with other Sundays meeting online only).
We want to stress that there is no pressure on anyone to attend in person unless they feel safe and comfortable to do so. We’re going to do our best to have continuity and interaction between those meeting at the Church at Carrs Lane in Birmingham City Centre and those meeting online.
The theme of this gathering is ‘Welcome’ – what does it look to welcome and make space for one another NOW?
This is a video tour of what to expect when you arrive at the Church at Carrs Lane at 3:45 on Sunday 6th June.
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Folks meeting at the Church at Carrs Lane will have some activity sheets on their seats for guilt-free scribbling at church. If you’d like to print one to doodle on at home, you can download it here.
Welcome (Pete & Ali)
Songs (Ali, Dave & Pete)
Awesome God (Your Voice)
Come Now Is the Time to Worship
Question for Sharing(Dave): Can you remember the best party you’ve ever been to? What made it great?
Prayer of Welcome
God of being
Be present in our gathering
God of becoming
Help us to become more fully ourselves
God of learning
Light our passion to know more
God of seeking
Be in our own search for understanding
God of teaching
Show us how to teach one another
God of story
Weave together our own stories with yours
Story of Welcome (Sarah M)
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 10:23-25
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for God who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Reflection: Welcome, Community & Belonging (Danielle)
Song: The Welcome (Ali)
(For those present at the Church at Carrs Lane, there will be pre-packaged kits with non-alcoholic wine and a gluten free wafer on a plate under your seat.)
Here at Inclusive Gathering Birmingham we have an ‘Open Table’, which means that we are all welcome to receive the bread and wine. Whatever your story, whatever your tradition, you are welcome fully and completely as you are right now:
Jesus said: I am the bread of life. All who come to me shall not hunger, and all who believe in me shall not thirst.
With Christians around the world and throughout the centuries,
we gather around these symbols of bread and wine—simple elements
that speak of nourishment and transformation.
Let us pray.
Loving God, we thank you that you are as close to us as breath, that your love is constant and unfailing.
We thank you for all that sustains life, and especially for Jesus Christ,
who teaches us how to live out an ethic of justice and peace,
and for the promise of transformation made manifest in his life, death and resurrection.
We ask you to bless this bread and this cup.
Through this meal, make us the body of Christ,
that we may join with you in promoting the well-being of all creation. Amen.
We remember on the night when Jesus and the disciples had their last meal together,
Jesus took the bread, gave thanks, and gave it to the disciples,
saying “This is my body, which is given for you.
Take and eat it, and as often as you do, remember me.”
[Breaking of the bread/ Take the Gluten Free wafer from packet.]
In the symbol of the broken bread, we participate in the life of Christ
and dedicate ourselves to being his disciples.
In the same way he took the cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to the disciples, saying:
“Drink this, all of you.
This cup is the new covenant, poured out for you and for many
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.
[Pouring of the wine/ Opening of the individual cup.]
In the symbol of the cup, we participate in the new life Christ brings.
Let us pray. We give thanks, loving God, that you have refreshed us at your table.
Strengthen our faith; increase our love for one another.
As we have been fed by the seed that became grain, and then became bread, may we go out into the world to plant seeds of justice, transformation, and hope. Amen.
Songs (Ali, Pete, Dave)
Come to the Table
This is Me
What’s Coming Up (Pete & Danielle)
Blessing: “May we live fully, love wastefully and have the courage to be all that God has created us to be.”
If you are joining us at the Church at Carrs Lane, you can take a few moments to chat in your seats and then the stewards will lead you out. If you want to chat outside, you’ll need to move away from the church property. Some folks will be heading to the pub.
If you are joining us online, you are invited to join the Zoom Discussion as usual at 5:15.