|Chaos and the Holy Spirit|
|Written by Peter Johnston|
|Monday, 22 June 2009 00:23|
Byron and Linda Symeonoglou have been worshipping with us in St Andrew's over the last month or two while they have been in Scotland. It has been their first experience of the Church of Scotland and a delight for us to have them become a part of our community in St Andrew's during that time. They return to their home in Zimbabwe tomorrow, but graciously took me up on a suggestion I had made to Byron a couple of weeks ago that they might want to say a few words about life in Zimbabwe during a service.
They did so this morning in our All-Age service that was themed around how we still find the Kingdom amid chaos. Very appropriate for the situation in Zimbabwe at the moment. [There's more...}
So my thanks to both Linda and Byron for sharing with us today, and a reminder to us all to pray for them and indeed for all in Zimbabwe, that the Holy Spirit would convict hearts to find ways to live together in community and to rebuild that troubled country.
The service this morning was an All-Age service and Jonathan Fleming and I met earlier in the week to plan it. We had a great notion to do a dramatic reading using the lectionary passages from Psalm 107 and Mark 4 which have dramatic images of chaotic storms at sea. So we did.
I think appropriately enough for the theme, through the chaos the Spirit really made it work! I especially enjoyed pulling out the Super Soaker water gun to add some realism!
The response to the service today was fabulous, a real moment of everyone worshipping together. And while it was loud, boisterous and fun, it was also very poignant for some. Two folks told me after the service they had been in tears after we had sung the fabulous Fischy Music song, Family Blues. It had been just what they needed to hear.
If you want to join the chaotic kingdom worship you can listen to the podcast.