Wednesday 4th February
Worship this morning was led by Tenth Avenue North. I’d recently purchased their cd, so it was great to hear them play and worship with them in a live setting. The guys have a real heart for God and I could see this in not only what they sang, but in what they said between songs.
This year Randy led his first session at recreate since it began nine years ago. It was great to hear a bit more about him and his journey. He was very open and at times it was visibly difficult for him. The title of Randy’s talk was ‘The Curse of the Blessings of God’.
He covered so much but the general theme was understanding different ways God can bless us – and just because we’re blessed does not mean we are expected to have it all together. The church does not make a habit of hiring people with backgrounds similar to those mentioned in Hebrews 11 as founders of our faith. Why?
I’m tired of people getting fired by people who haven’t been caught.
– Randy Elrod.
After lunch Ken Davis had us all in stitches laughing. The trouble this man gets himself into is ridiculous.
After Ken had finished we had a short break and then gathered for a communion service – or Holy Eucharist with Ian Morgan Cron. I was a bit anxious about this as I had never taken communion in this manner before. I’m still not even sure of the terminology as I write this, so I can only describe what happened.
I’d already checked with Ian on Monday that the bread and wine was not going to turn into Jesus’ actual flesh and blood i.e. transubstantiation. He assured me it would not! Still, (to be honest) as I sang the words I was inspecting them for any theology that I might have issues with.
(Photo stole from Jan – thanks!)
After we had finished singing we started to move towards the table to receive the bread and the wine. I do not know what came over me but I started to sob uncontrollably. I could not stop. I could barely see with the tears. I knelt to receive the bread and dipped it in the cup of wine. Then shuffled off to the side, still sobbing, while I ate the wine-soaked bread and tried to work out what just happened.
I know a lot of the other attendees were touched by this experience. We will all remember it for a while.