October 2021: Embers
A reflective service inspired by Jon Hopkins' track 'Sit around the fire'.
It feels like the past two years have left many things burned out and reduced to ashes, but among the ashes may be embers that can be nursed into flame again.
What for you feels like it has turned to ashes? Is there an ember at the core of you that you would like to fan into flame? What are the embers of Grace that we would like to fan into flame? What would you like to leave as ashes?
The centre of the space had a table with candles, and incense charcoals.
The slideshow for the service (pdf version) is here.
Mark Waddington made some embers videos that we used in the service:
An explanation about the service and the track
we come to god as we are
damped down and depleted by the world
ashen and searching for fuel
blow on us tonight
with your holy spirit
not so hard that we flare up
only to die out quickly
but gently, so that we kindle
and warm one another
to build a hospitable fire
Sit around the fire
Play Hopkins track - just listen, no video
What is the ember for you?
Discussion with people adjacent
During the discussions, Richard lights incense charcoals in the centre.
Poem with altered lines
Do not try to save
the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
in the dense forest of your life
and wait there
until a breath on the dim embers of your life
bursts them into fragile flames
that you recognise and greet.
Only then will you know
How to give yourself
To this world
So worth of rescue
John 21 1-19
Reading and reflection
Did you participate in Grace activities during lockdown?
If so what did you find useful?
What did you miss?
What would you re-ignite and develop from pre-pandemic Grace?
Engagement with the wider world
Light a candle from the embers and pray in silence.
Play 'Sit around the fire' again
with Embers video this time
by Michael Leunig:
These circumstances will change.
This situation shall pass.
The cafe was self organising - people brought cakes and drinks.