Grace - fresh vital worship since 1993

August 1998: Greenbelt

Grace ran 2 events: life-bittersweet and the last supper

saturday 'life - bittersweet'

this combined elements of our february 98 lent service, about noise and journeying into the desert, with elements of our july 98 'life' service - postcards, the bittersweet ritual.

1. intro/welcome

2. song

3. track 'inner city life' by goldie + oscilloscope - noise internal and external meditation + traffic

here we are in the midst of greenbelt on a saturday night
and it's noisy
we thought we were coming to the countryside
but all around us is the noise of a city here for a weekend

noise is unwanted sound
what's music in the dance tent is noise over here
but noise isn't just about sound
it's about information
noise is whatever drowns out or conceals meaningful information

our lives are full of noise
too much information
too many messages that don't add up to any coherent whole
all competing for our attention

and the noise on the outside
makes its way inside us
seeping into our minds and hearts
until we don't know any more which voice inside us is our

society and the media have moved in
and each of us is lost in our own inner city.

god is pushing through the crowd
searching the amusement arcades
department stores and burger bars inside us
for a face that only he will recognise
the face of our true selves

he knows we need to get away
to leave the city and be alone with him
so that he can teach us how to recognise ourselves
next time we're lost in the crowds of unknowing

4. meditation - journey into the desert

5. song: 'calm me o lord' [from the grace CD]

6. introductory thoughts on life - when we get away, chance to step back and reflect on life

7. postcards - did jesus experience these? (anger/road rage/sexual desire etc etc)

8. story - pleasure and pain

9. bittersweet ritual - lemon and honey + tracks 'bittersweet symphony' by the verve + 'easter song' by a man called adam

10. song

11. blessing

monday - the last supper

so-called because it was the last communion service at greenbelt 98 and, if the festival had not continued, would have been the last greenbelt service ever!

photos here

1. intro/welcome

2. song

3. the table - thoughts on leonardo image of last supper and our contemporary interpretations (people at GB having meals/mcdonalds/etc)

4. invitation - all are welcome - isaiah 55.....

5. song

6. small groups

7. food - eat in groups and share memories - about christ (remember me) and greenbelt (it's the last one in its current format) - the storytelling could be facilitated by a couple of stories from the front

8. confession - handwashing after meal, confession and absolution + track forgiven

9. cup and bread (after supper he took the cup......) - words of institution and sharing bread and wine in groups

10. songs

11. prayer for future of gb and everyone going back to home situations

12. song

13. blessing and incense (burn some incense and give everyone a few grains to take away to offer up on fires around GB or at home as ongoing prayer)

john 21 meditation

later that night steve did a meditation 1am-2am tuesday in the arts cafe based on john 21 [2003 version here with slight changes].

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