Sunday 23rd May is a day the church remembers Pentecost. People of faith around the world will be talking about the Holy Spirit and what her power is and does.
Lots of us come from different understandings and experience of the Spirit. We’ve come to see the differences around this as an area we need to approach thoughtfully with hearts of inclusion (as the Spirit has been wrongly used as a source of exclusion). A group of folks within IGB have been doing some of this thinking together and will be sharing a bit about their journeys. And so …
This will be part of our series looking at the practice of inclusion and what it does/ can look like in a variety of areas of life and faith. The clue is in the name, but we see inclusion as a core part of our spirituality and our justice-seeking as a community.
We’ll reconvene on Zoom for further discussion at 5:15.
You will need to be logged into a Zoom account with a public account name in order to access this Zoom. (Meeting ID: 853 6699 5635, Passcode: 123674)
Song – In the River (IGB Band)
Question for Sharing – (Lizzie) What ways have you experienced God being close to you?
Spirit of Jesus— Come with fire that refines,
Water that refreshes,
Wind that topples,
Breath that fills.
Kindle a global revival of empathy, justice, and active peacemaking.
Birth a witness of Love that is bigger and better than we inherited.
Liberate us from privilege and oppression.
Unshackle the gospel from nationalism, colonialism, white supremacy, and every other lens that shrouds the Good News.
Give us an abundance of grace for others and ourselves. Grant us compassion for those who suffer.
Free us from the influence of money, power, and acclaim.
Allow us rest when we need rest. Enable us to see you in each person we encounter. Show us mercy, in our humanity. Let us love more fully than we thought possible. Let us trust and follow the wisdom of those who have been marginalized.
Let us persevere in creating safe places of worship to eat bread and drink wine together. Let us stand for Love and with Love, following the way of your Son as best we’re able.
Let us not fear an experiential spirituality. Let us listen to the wondrous bodies you gave us. Let us hear your voice and tangibly feel you with us. Let us discern your guidance. Let us abide in and with you.
Show us what you’re doing, so we can work together. Move where you will, when you will, in whatever way you will. Come, Holy Spirit, and restore your Church.
Amen. (By Rev Emily Swan)
Scripture Reading: Acts 2:1-4 (David )
On the day of Pentecost[a] all the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. 3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. 4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages,[b] as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.
Reflection – Faith, Fire & Spirit
Song – This is the Air I Breath (Ali & Danielle)
Love Feast (Joel)
Poem – Nettes
Song – Spirit Fall (Nichole Grace)
*Giving to IGB
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.”
At 5:15, we’ll reconvene on Zoom to chat more about the themes from the gathering. (Meeting ID: 853 6699 5635 Passcode: 123674)
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About Inclusive Gathering Birmingham …
Inclusive Gathering Birmingham is a diverse church gathered together by a common dream: to become a truly inclusive faith community, where doubt and difference are a welcome part of our journey together toward Jesus. We believe that the way of Jesus leads us to the wild, radical idea that true spiritual community can be formed based on who is INCLUDED, not by who is EXCLUDED. We are a learning community, constantly growing and changing to live out this vision in new and expanding ways.
When we say “inclusion”, we mean much more than mere tolerance or welcome. We believe God wants us all to know that we actually belong. That means people of every race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, age and background, HIV status, ability and disability, theological and political conviction are loved, invited, and fully included. Read more about what makes us tick at www.inclusivegathering.org.uk or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to ask questions or chat.