RESURFACING MY PATHWAY
Do we dare to take the risk involved in covering up the potholes
discarding ancient myth and legend, accepting new truths?
Dare we acknowledge that the New Testament is no longer new.
Its ancient world-view is something we no longer understand?
Can we open our eyes to reality and seek untrammelled truth
in terms that make sense today?
To break the bonds of orthodoxy brings condemnation and fear;
misunderstanding, avoidance and rejection.
Seeking divinity beyond the boundaries
Needs strength for a lonely journey
Needs courage, determination,
To challenge the wisdom of orthodox authority is dangerous;
risks aggressive counter-measures, exclusion, and rejection
from those committed to the present path,
by belief or for self-protection.
We are called to follow the way of Jesus
Yet over the years that way has become full of potholes
causing us to swerve into the ditch or bringing us to a sudden halt
trapped by the inventions of others.
Held in the mire of human need
for significance and worth.
Restating our Beliefs Restating our Beliefs(close)
I believe there is one God,
without external form, position, or material existence.
God is incomprehensible and unknowable by man,
yet a guide towards all that we could be.
I follow one Lord, Jesus Christ,
as my prime example and teacher,
through whom we can see God's purpose
His story is our example of commitment and of faith.
I meet God as Spirit,
of no material, discernible, form or feature
yet in the reality of Love..
I nurture and support the Church,
for its place in God's purposes.
I look for the growth of love amongst us
and the coming of God's kingdom. here.
Reimagining the Way of the Cross Reimagining the Way of the Cross
Jesus pointed out the Way,
but they pinned back his arms
and then he could point no more.
They concealed the Way, put boulders on the path,
camouflaged the entrance with a sacramental gloss.
The Way of Jesus was written down, or maybe out,
eradicated, by self-interest and pagan principles
unwillingness to take the radical route,
concern that Christ's glorification
should vanquish that of others.
The clash between radical self-sacrifice
and blatant individual self-interest
shines from the early writings.
Christ glorified to God's right hand
rather than exposed naked and defeated,
to show us the way that we should follow.
Rephrasing Eucharistic Liturgy Rephrasing Eucharistic Liturgy
On a night of both celebration and betrayal,
he took the bread, blessed and broke it.
In our breaking we become whole,
in losing our lives we find them,
in serving we are served.
As the scattered grain becomes one in the loaf,
so we become one as we eat this bread.
On that night, he took the wine and blessed it,
passed it to those seated at the table by him.
It is in the drinking that we become one,
unified with the source of life.
In the life-giving blood that we all share,
we all drink from this cup of wine.
And so we pray:
Bless this bread and bless this wine.
Bless all of us that, in our eating and drinking,
we may recognize the Christ in our midst..
We come together to this meal of remembrance
to share our love and our unity
with God and with each other.
Redefining Religious Truth Redefining Religious Truth
When religion works,
it reminds us that we are not alone in this life
It gathers us to pour out our brokenness
and pours healing balm on our wounds.
When religion works,
It challenges us to look beyond our own lives
to the brokenness of our neighbours,
of every colour, creed, or religion;
to make their problems our own.
When religion works,
It provides a pattern of focus and stillness in worship.
It helps us live in peace with ourselves and others.
It offers us hope in a world full of greed and despair.
Rethinking the Good News Rethinking the Good News
There is no veracity in sacrificial atonement
nor good news in proclaimed salvation
from a contested final judgement.
The Good News lies in the growth of God's Kingdom
around us and within us, despite our fears
and faults and schismatic nature
Our role is to promote that Kingdom,
to proclaim its reality, to be God's agents here,
to realise the Purposes of God.
We need the courage to think again,
and to broadcast the results;
to reflect them in our lives
and in our churches.
So finally we pray.