Tuesday, May 21, 2013

ABC 1233 Local Radio Portrait Prize

   I had ideas around wearing my old jersey, sitting in the two tone blue grandstand seats where the 'Blue Room' grassed frontage used to be or .... but here's my portrait prize selfie entry and [100 words]. Sadly the camera adds 20kgs!!

   "This portrait is an old Wanderers 4th Grade rugby Captain/Coach revisiting the redeveloped No2 Sportsground almost ten years to the day since rupturing both kneecap tendons at a game in Muswellbrook.
I enjoyed 25 years of winter afternoons here across nearly 300 games but since giving it away and taking a break from coaching, I still miss it every weekend. My knees allow me to walk but I was devastated not to finish on my terms and there's a tinge of sadness standing here thinking back to the old 'Blue Room' and scoreboard hill at the opposite end."

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ideas BIG and Small

   I'm soon going to shift the focus of my blogging, when it comes to ministry and mission with young people, across to 'IDEAS BIG and Small' to allow punters to more closely follow those topics... I think... stay tuned!! You will find that here

"Lanterns" Retreat Weekend Camp

“Lanterns” Birds of Tokyo
Lately I've found when I start to think aloud
There's a longing in the sound there is more I could be
In darkness I leave for a place I've never seen
It's been calling out to me that is where I should be
We never carried days on our own but now it's up to us to know
The weight of being so much more we will find ourselves on the road
On we march with a midnight song we will light our way with our lanterns on
On we march till we meet the dawn we will light our way with our lanterns on
As we walk out without question without doubt
In the light that we have found it is finally clear
Our day has come and we'll stand for who we are
We are ready we are young we have nothing to fear
We never carried days on our own but now it's up to us to know
The weight of being so much more we will find ourselves on the road
On we march with a midnight song we will light our way with our lanterns on
On we march till we meet the dawn we will light our way with our lanterns on
We held the light To our faces And realized We were chasing Shadows behind
Not worth saving So burn it bright Forever illuminating
On we march with a midnight song we will light our way with our lanterns on
On we march till we meet the dawn we will light our way with our lanterns on
In darkness I leave for a place I've never seen
It's been calling out to me that is where I should be

Matthew 5:13-16
13“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. 14“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

From 8pm
Arrival Activities:
A4 Pages/Photos and/or Shooting a Video clip
Rooms etc [30min]

Indigenous Acknowledgment
Worimi people and Tahlee [tarlee]
sheltered from the wind  & above water
Healing Tree and Buladelah Bypass
“Didgeridoo 03” Steve Brereton
Prayer [Laura]

“I Will Wait” Mumford & Sons and
Take a paper cross and write your hopes for the weekend on it, refold, pin up [5min]
‘Words’ Liturgy
A Prayer of Confession/Lament:
“Shake It Out” Florence & Machine

Lectio Divina Matthew 5: 13-16
Intro to Weekend:
‘Where Have I Been?’
Rearview Mirror
“Rearview Mirror” Pearl Jam clip w/lyrics
Drawing on the road…
Things that make you who you are

Storybook “Extra Yarn”*
Closing Reflection/Prayer 

*Italics didn't happen


Video Loop ‘Fractal One Blue Loop’
Opening Words
‘Lanterns’ Liturgy 2 x voices [written by Renee McLean]
Song/s [sung or listened to]

“What Inspires You” [Clips Work]
Matthew 5: 13-16 Salt and Light

Reflections/Input [Steve Bevis] up to 30mins
“Don’t Carry It All” The Decemberists
[1/2 clip/lyrics on slide]

‘Dumt & Farligt’ clip
‘Discipleship ‘ Rob H
The story is now your story…
Sharing around the group*
ADD to Road
Intro to ‘Stations’

*didn't happen this way

1pm Lunch Celebration/Marking
“The Wood Song” Indigo Girls
Thankyou Cards

 *not required


4.30pm/5 Late afternoon Small Groups*

*These happened as an array of individual conversations over tactile activity and beyond
that included lunch conversation through until 3.45pm

GATHERING: #03 darkened room
 ‘Too Much to Dream’ TEDxSydney

Low Light Words … what words would you offer...
“Lanterns” Birds of Tokyo clip
Pocket Lamps:
flipped up naming [1] quality/strength you’d like to bring out of the dark
Isaiah 58:7-8, 9b-10 (Inclusive Text)
Progressive Prayer
DULUX Walls in HD [Movies Training]

What will you add to the road about where you’re heading into the future?

“All the Little Lights” Passenger
while invited to write ‘something’

Sharing around ‘following’ and 
a community of faith you could belong to…*

* this became a broader shared conversation around the cricle in response

Storybook "Stuck"
Sending Song “Light All My Lights” Seeker Lover Keeper clip

9am Gathering #04
Candle Loop/Call to Worship “Dumplings”
“Unexpected Visitor” clip
Cinedialogue Questions* scratched

Matthew 22: 34- 40 Love God/Neighbour
‘Crises and catastrophes’ Cheryl Lawrie
BLJ I Like Jesus [Stories]

Guided Drawing Ex 15mins [Laura B]

Shared Meal of Bread/Water reflecting on the Emmaus road trip....
Sending Out
“Below My Feet” Mumford & Sons*

"Below My Feet" Easter Walk Stations

 You can see I just needed time for one more walk through and I'd have bunched the props more closely but some turned up too close to time... there's a reason I was keen to have them 30mins early!!

Some of the images that appeared at Stations

We acknowledge the Wonnarua people & their connection to the land on which we gather:
TODAY this Walk is different and involves a journey through [6] STATIONS.
STATIONS are places where people wait while they are going from one place to another. People wait at bus stops, train stations and airports.
Think of some stations where you have been?
Stations are also places where people take time to think about Jesus and his journey to the cross. They remind us how much compassion and love Jesus has for all humanity
AND they invite us to place our story alongside the story…

39 Jesus went out to the Mount of Olives, as he often did, and his disciples went with him. 40 When they got there, he told them, “Pray that you won’t be tested.”
41 Jesus walked on a little way before he knelt down and prayed, [waiting]…
42 “Father, if you will, please don’t make me suffer by having me drink from this cup.
But do what you want, and not what I want.”
43 Then an angel from heaven came to help him. 44 Jesus was in great pain and prayed so sincerely that his sweat fell to the ground like drops of blood.
45 Jesus got up from praying and went over to his disciples. They were asleep and worn out from being so sad. 46 He said to them, “Why are you asleep? Wake up and pray that you won’t be tested.”
47 While Jesus was still speaking, a crowd came up.
It was led by Judas, one of the twelve apostles.
He went over to Jesus and greeted him with a kiss.
48 Jesus asked Judas, “Are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
After a scuffle and a disturbance…
52 Jesus spoke to the chief priests, the temple police, and the leaders who had come to arrest him. He said, “Why do you come out with swords and clubs and treat me like a criminal? 53 I was with you every day in the temple, and you didn’t arrest me. But this is your time, and darkness is in control.”

Waiting for rain, waiting for news, waiting for the worry or pain to end,
waiting to see what God is doing…
As we move from this station, reach in and take a strip of paper,
That you can take with you to be reminded about waiting…

STATION TWO: "TRUTH" "Below My Feet" Mumford & Sons playing on loop
Truth is hard work… honest answers to life’s questions,
Knowing that we have to live each day in relationships, community and the environment.
Farms, mines, transport, retail, education, community, faith…

We live in a varied and sometimes harsh country,
But that doesn’t mean we need to have hard attitudes.
Compassion rings true, grace rings true, humility rings true,
Trampling everyone else to get what we want is hollow,
Holding power over or bullying others is destructive and unfair…

READER TWO:      John 18
33 Pilate then went back inside. He called Jesus over and asked,
“Are you the king of the Jews?”
34 Jesus answered, “Are you asking this on your own or did someone tell you about me?”
35 “You know I’m not a Jew!” Pilate said.
“Your own people and the chief priests brought you to me. What have you done?”
36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom doesn’t belong to this world. If it did, my followers would have fought to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders.
No, my kingdom doesn’t belong to this world.”
37 “So you are a king,” Pilate replied.
“You are saying that I am a king,” Jesus told him.
“I was born into this world to tell about the truth.
And everyone who belongs to the truth knows my voice.”
38 Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?”
Later, in John 19,
“Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.
15 But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”
“Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked.
“We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered.
16 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

A crowd occupying Jerusalem a week earlier, turned.
Voices were raised in fear and self interest or even ignorance,
Hope only offers when justice is coming and this was a hopeless situation…

We spend a few moments here, thinking and praying silently,
For people we know, for our community, for truth tellers and companions on the road

STATION THREE: "ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE" Box of Photos to take/pray for

“Another world is possible,” was the catch cry of “Occupy Wall St” that went worldwide…
It’s not a slogan from the usual suspects,
It’s a hope for different values, for fairness and consideration...

It’s as ordinary as the hope that the sun will shine,
Or the bank will have money in your account when you go to get it out…
Sometimes we choose to serve others, sometimes we don’t get to choose…

READER THREE:     Luke 23: 26-27
26As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him.
[People deeply in shock and grieving the loss of hope and the violence]

Who was Simon?
What was he going through?
Too scared to say no, too moved to step away…

What are your hopes for the world?
What are your hopes for you?

Come forward and take a photo, any photo, From the box.
These photos are from different stories and different parts of the world.
What’s your prayer for the world… take the photo with you to look at and remember…

As you come you will notice these sandals.
These sandals have their own story,
They belong to Queenslander Dave Andrews,
A community organiser and founder of ‘The Waiters Union’ share house community
These sandals carried Dave through places like India and Asia, meeting the poor,
These sandals were there when he learnt the value of serving others,
And there when he committed himself that ‘another world is possible’…
‘Waiters Union’ run a community garden, helping programs, accommodation & care,

They are the shoes of someone who believes another world is possible…
we take our walk further on this journey

STATION FOUR: "STORIES" "Give in to My Love" Paul Kelly playing on loop

Stories are powerful, they cross boundaries like culture, language and time.
We are wired for stories and their impact can change people and events.
The stories we accept and the stories we hear and reject, shape who we are…

This is the story of an innocent man, suffering the death of a criminal,
This is the story of Jesus who disturbed the balance of power,
Who sided with those on the edges, the poor, the disregarded,
And who didn’t stop speaking the truth, despite danger to himself.

This is a story of Jesus who stands alongside you and I in our lives and struggles…

READER FOUR:     Luke 23: 32-43
32Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him.
33When they came to the place that is called The Skull,
they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.
34Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
And they cast lots to divide his clothing. 35And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying,
“He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!”
36The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, 37and saying,
“If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” 39One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.”
42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

This is a story of the cruelest of punishments, carried out to discourage others.
This man shows compassion and concern in the face of great pain…

What story is holding you back? What story causes you grief?
What story are you telling with your life?

We wait here, wondering what unfolds in this story… Things get worse…


“Desperation… dislocation… separation… condemnation… revelation…
In temptation… isolation… desolation”
These are the lyrics of the refrain from the U2 song “Bad”

READER SIX:     Luke 23: 44-49
44It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land
until three in the afternoon, 45while the sun’s light failed;
and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
46Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”
Having said this, he breathed his last.
47When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said,
“Certainly this man was innocent.”
48And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle
saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts.
49But all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee,
stood at a distance, watching these things.

READER SEVEN:     [“Funeral Blues” WH Auden, but just start reading…]
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,

Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone.
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum,
bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead,
Scribbling on the sky the message ‘He is Dead’.

Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,

My working week and my Sunday rest,

My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;

I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.
The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,

Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

We stand in silence as we remember the story, how bad that must have been…
But we cannot stay here…

STATION SIX: “SILENCE” "I Grieve" Peter Gabriel playing on loop
We stand, we wait, we listen… a little off the edge of the story, but puzzled…

READER EIGHT:     Luke 23: 50-56
50Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph,
who, though a member of the council, 51had not agreed to their plan and action.
He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea,
and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God.
52This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
53Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth,
and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid.
54It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning.
55The women who had come with him from Galilee followed,
and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid.
56Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments.
On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

This is a story of shock, of nurture and care,
A recognition of hopes dashed, of a flame extinguished…

What had happened, what went wrong?

Who do you know, that things seem to go wrong for?
How have things gone wrong for you?

How will hope be rediscovered?
We grieve… we stand together…

But as we leave this space we are invited to each take a folded paper cross,
A symbol of hope and a reminder of one who stood by us,
Who died speaking and living the truth, even at a cost to himself…

These stations will be here for 30mins more
If you want to revisit or simply spend time…