On Sunday January 29th our minister Rev Christine Gillespie led Café Church at Wesley Chapel. The menu was ‘O taste and see that the Lord is good!’ There were bread rolls and pastries and grapes provided for our breakfast with apple and or orange juice. The theme was ‘Being connected – Being in Connexion’ because in recent years social isolation and increasing loneliness have become important issues in many contemporary societies. Recognising that ‘we love because God first loved us’ Christians are called to develop new forms of community life. In these we share our means of livelihood with others and nurture support between generations. The Gospel call to live not for ourselves but for Christ is also a call to reach out to others and to break down barriers of isolation.
We sang ‘God with us Creator God’ before Christine led the prayers. We read a hymn as the prayer of confession;
‘Because you came and sat beside us,
Because you came and heard us speak,
And we ignored you and we refused you,
We ask forgiveness, Lord Jesus Christ.’
Each verse she says; we ask forgiveness; and we love status and steady money; and we love power, and winning battles; and we are wounded because we wound you; and in the Spirit, we are forgiven. We read 1 John 4: 19-21 – We love because he first loved us; we cannot love God and hate our brother. Matthew 16: 24-26 reminded us that we should pick up the cross and follow Jesus. We were encouraged to discuss three questions initially; How does our culture tempt us to live only for ourselves? In what ways can we work for others in our daily lives? What can we do together as Christians that we would be unable to achieve on our own? We sang ‘Let love be real in giving and receiving.’ We read Micah 6:8 about acting justly, loving mercy and walking humbly before our God. There was a poster outside a local church with the words, ‘Act justly; love mercy; walk humbly’ but there was no mention of God. We need God in our lives to help us to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly in our lives. We sang, ‘One human family God has made,’ before we talked together about practical things we could do.
Christine led the prayer of intercessions and the Lord’s Prayer. Our time of worship and discussion ended when we sang, ‘Called by Christ to be disciples.’ It was good to share our thoughts with each other. It was also a good time of worship.