Publication of the banns of marriage between Nick & Meg – Part 3

Banns for Nick and Meg copySunday July 20th was the third and final reading of the banns for Nick and Meg. They are now “ready” to get married. Well, “ready” may be too strong a word, they now have their legal ducks in a row. How could anyone be “ready” to a life time of to sacrifice to one another? None of us are ready to be married on our wedding day but perhaps we can be ready to commit, ready to sacrifice, ready to make vows, ready to be held accountable to those vows.

As follower’s of Jesus we encourage Nick and Meg to follow Jesus’ example of friendship & love in their marriage as a continued way of making themselves ready to be married through their journey together..

John 15:11-15 The Message

11-15 “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.

We are more then the sum of our parts

FilmloomIt is always fun to discover new music. Today I found out about Filmloom through Noise Trade’s Free download of the band’s album
L i m i t..

When it comes to music I’m not really a “less is more” kind of guy, I’m more of a “more is more” kind of guy. This is why I really love being in The Common Collective at The Commons. When you can get 9 people making music together, each little sound and instrument adds up to more then just the sum of the parts. There is a beauty in simplicity adding up to complexity and contributing to something bigger then your part.

In the video above you see all the instruments Filmloom used to make their song. Now they just have 2 guys multi-tracking the parts in a studio but it illustrates how each simple part adds to the whole. If you watch the sleigh bells or the tom drum, anyone could play that part, it is as easy as clapping or tapping your foot, but in the mix, added to the whole it becomes more, it becomes part of the whole, it adds to the groove. If the the person playing the sleigh bells or the drum dropped out something would feel like it was missing.

Community is like this as well, whether it be a band, a neighbourhood, or a church. The parts we play might be small, or it may seem that all the instruments/people don’t fit together, but they are all needed. We might wonder:

  • Can glockenspiels & synths really be in the same song?
  • Is the band folk or electronic?
  • Is this a community for the poor or the rich?
  • Am I one of the rich or one of the poor?
  • Are we school educated or street savvy?
  • Are we helping or are we in desperate need of help?
  • Am I teaching or am I learning?

The answer is all of the above. Deep community is about being open to more, to adding each small part into the mix. It is really about so many little things being more then just the sum of our parts. We wouldn’t work if we are all the same.

You can easily enough see how this kind of thing works by looking no further than your own body. Your body has many parts—limbs, organs, cells—but no matter how many parts you can name, you’re still one body. It’s exactly the same with Christ. By means of his one Spirit, we all said good-bye to our partial and piecemeal lives. We each used to independently call our own shots, but then we entered into a large and integrated life in which he has the final say in everything. (This is what we proclaimed in word and action when we were baptized.) Each of us is now a part of his resurrection body, refreshed and sustained at one fountain—his Spirit—where we all come to drink. The old labels we once used to identify ourselves—labels like Jew or Greek, slave or free—are no longer useful. We need something larger, more comprehensive.

14-18 I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less. A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together. If Foot said, “I’m not elegant like Hand, embellished with rings; I guess I don’t belong to this body,” would that make it so? If Ear said, “I’m not beautiful like Eye, limpid and expressive; I don’t deserve a place on the head,” would you want to remove it from the body? If the body was all eye, how could it hear? If all ear, how could it smell? As it is, we see that God has carefully placed each part of the body right where he wanted it.

But I also want you to think about how this keeps your significance from getting blown up into self-importance. For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of. An enormous eye or a gigantic hand wouldn’t be a body, but a monster. What we have is one body with many parts, each its proper size and in its proper place. No part is important on its own. Can you imagine Eye telling Hand, “Get lost; I don’t need you”? Or, Head telling Foot, “You’re fired; your job has been phased out”? As a matter of fact, in practice it works the other way—the “lower” the part, the more basic, and therefore necessary. You can live without an eye, for instance, but not without a stomach. When it’s a part of your own body you are concerned with, it makes no difference whether the part is visible or clothed, higher or lower. You give it dignity and honor just as it is, without comparisons. If anything, you have more concern for the lower parts than the higher. If you had to choose, wouldn’t you prefer good digestion to full-bodied hair?

The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.”

1 Corinthians 12: 12-26 (The Message)

Summer BBQs – 2014

2014 BBQ slide copyHad our first 2014 BBQ last night, and it was quite a success. The rain stopped just in time and 21 people enjoyed roast beef sandwiches, watermelon, curried rice, salad, chocolate cake, and so many other tasty things. I always love the summer BBQs. No agenda beyond eating together, visiting, and enjoying being in each others homes.

If you missed this first one, don’t worry, there are still lots of BBQ dates left.