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Online Inclusive Gathering featuring Alastair McIntosh

On Sunday, 15th November at 4pm (GMT) we will gather on Facebook Live (or on YouTube) and will be joined by our special guest climate activist, land reform pioneer and author Alastair McIntosh.  Alastair will also join us for an interactive Q&A discussions afterwards at 5:15. (Join via this Zoom link.**).  

Welcome (Danielle)

Song – Who You Say I Am (IGB Band)

Question for Sharing (David)

“Do you have a special place out in nature that speaks to you or feeds your soul?”

Introducing IGB Kids Club – Rosy

Prayer (Rachel)

Lord of heaven and earth, You started us in a garden, Formed us from that good dirt. Every day you breathe life into our dusty bones And pour living water on our clay hearts. Let us start here, let us begin together now with you, with this ground beneath our feet.

Though it may be heavy laden. With traces of lead paint and microplastics, Hardened with blood-red clay, Sparkling with broken glass, Tainted with arsenic from years of abuse, We trust that you have the power to redeem every inch of this earth.

We are starting here, with willing hands and hearts. Bring your healing to our soil. Let’s get our hands dirty with the work that you have given us.

We remember the tears of ancestors, sisters, and brothers pushed off of this land.

We honour the bones of ancestors, sisters, and brothers pushed to work this land.

We lament the tyranny of ancestors, sisters, and brothers pushed by greed to exploit this land.

Lord, bring your healing to our soil; get our hands dirty with the work that you have for us. Bless the sweat, bless the tears, bless the bones. May you bring life and redemption to the ground beneath our feet.

Lord of resurrection, in your mercy, Send earthworms and nematodes, Rhizomes and protozoa. Let them find a home in this soil. May it be crawling with life that our eyes may never see.

Lord, bring life to the ground beneath our feet. Let the dirt beneath our nails remind us of your resurrection power. Amen.

An excerpt from a prayer by Josina Guess from Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus & Justice.

Reading – An excerpt from Riders on the Storm: Climate Chaos & the Survival of Being

Interview – Joel speaks with Alastair McIntosh about his book

Song –Lead Us Heavenly Father (Roger & Pete)

Love Feast (Naomi & Lizzie)

Song –The Soil (David Benjamin Blower)

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 for a special Q&A with our speaker today, climate activist and author Alastair McIntosh. Join us via this link. (Meeting ID: 881 7742 4702 Passcode: 573171)

*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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