On Sunday, 2 May our gathering will be LIVE from 3:45 for a 4pm start on FB Live ONLY (for technical reasons we can’t stream to YouTube, but will upload afterwards). We’ll be livestreaming from Zoom, so if you would like to be one of the folks on the Zoom with us live, join here from 3:45 (we’ll close access to the room at 4:05). Otherwise, you can watch on FB Live as usual.
At the end of the first part of the gathering, we’ll stop the livestream and invite everyone to join us on Zoom for our usual Zoom discussion and breakout groups. We’ll have casual chat until our ‘official’ start at 5:15 if you need a break in between.
Eunice will be speaking to us about trauma-informed inclusion and sharing some some thoughts about what that looks like at this particular time. How do we include and care for one another as we each transition into this new season of coming out of lockdown, at our different paces with our different stories?
This is part of our new 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.
Song – Come to the Table (Ali & Ellie)
Question for Sharing: Now that things are opening up and the weather is getting better, are there simple joys or comforts you’ve rediscovered in the last few weeks?
Prayer: This is an excerpt from ‘A Litany for Those not Ready for Healing’ by Dr Yolanda Pierce
Let us not rush to the language of healing, before understanding the fullness of the injury and the depth of the wound.
Let us not rush to offer a bandage when the gaping wound requires surgery and complete reconstruction.
Let us not diminish the particular pain being felt in a particular circumstance in a particular historical moment.
Let us not value a false peace over a righteous justice.
Let us not be afraid to sit with the ugliness, the messiness, and the pain that is life
in community together.
Let us not offer clichés to the grieving, those whose hearts are being torn asunder.
Let us be silent when we don’t know what to say.
Let us be humble and listen to the pain, rage, and grief pouring from the lips of our neighbours and friends.
Let us pray with our eyes open and our feet firmly planted on the ground
Scripture Reading: Genesis 32: 22-32
22 During the night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two servant wives, and his eleven sons and crossed the Jabbok River with them. 23 After taking them to the other side, he sent over all his possessions.
24 This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. 25 When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!”
But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
27 “What is your name?” the man asked.
He replied, “Jacob.”
28 “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel,[a] because you have fought with God and with men and have won.”
29 “Please tell me your name,” Jacob said.
“Why do you want to know my name?” the man replied. Then he blessed Jacob there.
30 Jacob named the place Peniel (which means “face of God”), for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared.” 31 The sun was rising as Jacob left Peniel,[b] and he was limping because of the injury to his hip. 32 (Even today the people of Israel don’t eat the tendon near the hip socket because of what happened that night when the man strained the tendon of Jacob’s hip.)
Reflection – Trauma-Informed Inclusion (Eunice)
Song – Simple Gospel (Ali & Ellie)
Love Feast (Danielle)
*Giving to IGB (Tom)
Song – Yesterday, Today & Forever (Ali & Ellie)
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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