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On Sunday 28th February we’ll be gathering at 4pm on Facebook Live & YouTube for song, stories and spiritual reflections (with a bit of banter in the chat). We’ll also reconvene for a 5:15 meet-up on Zoom.
Welcome – Danielle
Song

Question for Sharing (Sarah) –Have you ever missed out, or been afraid to miss out on anything? (Probably very relevant for a pandemic year!)

Prayer (Rosy & Neil)

Keep watch, oh God, with those who work, or watch, or weep, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, sooth the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake.

For some, the coming night is not peaceful at all.

Some are tossing and turning in pain and in fear from injury or illness.

Others are nursing them or performing desperate heroic acts to save their lives.

As I pray this I think of the medical personnel in hospitals and nursing homes.

I think of those in spiritual distress or living out their last hours, and those who are at their side, ministering to them.

It is through them that Christ tends the sick. It is through them that Christ sooths the suffering. Amen.

Scripture Reading 

Mark 13:34-37

“The coming of the Son of Man can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. When he left home, he gave each of his slaves instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return.  You, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know when the master of the household will return—in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak.  Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for him!”

Reflection (10-15 minutes) – Keeping Watch (Faith)

Song

Queer Virtue – Risk

Love Feast (Ali & Ellie)

Song

What’s Coming up (Danielle) *

Blessing: “May we live fully, love wastefully and have the courage to be all that God has created us to be.”

After our Worship Gathering, you are invited to join us at 5:15 on Zoom to chat about today’s theme. Alternatively, there will be breakout rooms for those who just want a natter or would like to pray.

*If you are part of our community and would like to make a gift toward Inclusive Gathering Birmingham, you can do that here. Anything you give helps to support the costs of making church happen and allows us to be generous as a community. There’s no pressure to give!

If you’ve got any questions about Inclusive Gathering Birmingham or would like to have a chat with someone from our community, please email newchurchbirmingham@gmail.com and we’ll be in touch.

 

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