Contemplate, not a word we use very much! What does this mean in the context of worship? Well; to reflect, to be still, to give ourselves some space from our busy lives and times. Perhaps we could call this time “Slow Church”.
Have you seen “Slow Television” on BBC4 of the Canal Trip on the Kennet and Avon Canal, the Bus Trip through the Yorkshire Dales or the long Reindeer Sleigh Trek in the Arctic Tundra? (You can even listen to the occasional “Slow Radio” slot ~ a leopard purring, I believe.) These are all near-silent films taking you on a relaxing journey and the BBC were astounded at the high audience figures.
The services take a relaxed approach with hymns and prayers interspersed with prose, poetry and music. We usually have a time of quiet so that we can reflect on words, songs and music. Silence can sometimes feel uncomfortable but be assured that these times are not over-long. Our aim is to give a gentle time of guided reflection, matters to think about in the service and also for you to reflect upon during the week, if you wish.
In our service on Sunday 19 February, we were considering walking alongside those in need; both in the community and among those close to us. Neither of us knew what
Rev Tony Cavanagh’s message would be for the morning service but, amazingly, we followed on in the evening in the same vein. We spent time reflecting on caring and supporting others and used a piece I wrote, on a homeless mother and child in bed and breakfast accommodation. Time was also spent on considering walking alongside those close to us ~ is this something that is more difficult to do sometimes? Music, prayers and hymns all helped us as we spent this period of quiet together.
My husband, Brian, and I lead Contemplative Worship every two to three months and we invite you to consider joining us on a Sunday evening at 6.30pm