There is always room for one more

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I have just returned from the United Reformed Church General Assembly in Southport.We heard lots of Speakers and reflected on many issues. I engaged in a lively discussion on welcome within our churches, and many churches would readily see themselves as ‘welcoming’, however when push comes to shove, how welcoming would they really be?

We discussed Jesus model of welcome in relation to LGBTQ and people who live with learning disabilities, difficulties and mental health issues.

God’s Kingdom is not a monochrome colour, it is vibrant, colourful and passionate.There is always room for one more, to bring another hue to the rainbow coloured Kingdom of God.

There is always room for one more, to show us how wide and deep God’s love is for the world we live in.

There is always room for one more, to find another disciple to walk with.

There is always room for one more, to broaden our understanding of God.

There is always room for one more, to pray with.

There is always room for one more, to welcome on the path of friendship.

There is always room for one more, to show us the creativity of the Holy Spirit.

There is always room for one more, to share a smile with.

There is always room for one more, to bless and for them to bless us.

There is always room for one more …..

There is always room for one more……..

We are the poorer……  if we say no room…...

©Ruth Dillon

 

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Lent 2015 .. Day 26… Children and Communion

communion_cup_549697309I have had the pleasure again of conducting Communion at one of my churches. I find communion such a source of peace and welcome. It pains me to reflect on Churches who say they are a welcoming church when restrictions are put on people before they even enter the church door.

This week, I decided to move away from the more traditional liturgy of communion and invite children round the table, so they could see, close hand what was happening. As they gathered, and I talked to them, I sensed a silence occurring, not within the children but also within the congregation;it was one of those Spiritual moments. My language was not towards the adults, but the children, and as they prayed I felt a real sense of inclusivity.

Children can be wonderful disciples and witnesses if we would only let them. Yes my liturgical book when out through the window, but the Spirit took over and she enabled me to speak words the children needed to hear. Thanks be to God

Lord

You call all people to your table

No one is left out ..

Not one person.

…………….

Help us to welcome,

In the real sense,

Not just welcome into our building,

But welcome into your kingdom,

For your kingdom is not made of bricks and mortar

but of love and acceptance.

Amen

RD