The Church as One
This superb poem was read at a recent Communion Service at Ashburton Baptist Church and was written by one of our members, Bev Patterson.
Sometimes, at Communion
When all is still – the Spirit hovers.
Do you feel her?
Have you known her calling?
The church kneels,
All equally needy in our need of you.
The purity of silence, and simple companionship,
Social divisions swept away
No pretence now
No words to cover ourselves
Just you – and the holy touch of your feeding.
Don't rush it!
Don't mar the moment!
Treasure this union all too rare
This, the closest taste of heaven I know.
Give the World the Best You’ve Got Anyway!
This statement was given in a recent service at ABC. It was used by Bishop Muzorewa, Mother Teresa and scores of others but these ‘Paradoxical Commandments’ were written by Dr. Kent Keith and published in one of his books in 1968.
A few years ago black Christians in Zimbabwe were facing enormous trials, they were tired of the oppression and the opposition but in one of the many rallies for encouragement Bishop Abel Muzorewa gave this sustaining word:
People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centred.
The Three Wise Women
On Thursday night (with Joe Pinkard) and this Sunday (with Ann Lock) we at ABC are looking at the Christmas story through the eyes of the wise men.
Someone wondered how the story would have been different if it had starred Three Wise Women. Check out the text on the image. Jan Richardson, of Florida, has been thinking down this similar line. She has written this poem:
Wise Women Also Came
Wise women also came.The fire burned
in their wombs
long before they saw
the flaming star
in the sky.
Baptists and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
For more than twenty years, the Baptist World Alliance has encouraged Baptist congregations around the world to observe Human Rights Day. The date coincides with the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was adopted on December 10, 1948. This year, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will focus on inclusion and the right to participate in public life. The theme draws directly from Articles 19, 20 and 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which speak of the right to freedom of expression and opinion, the right to freedom of assembly and association and the right to take part in government, either directly or through freely chosen representatives.