Thursday, December 22, 2005

Methodist Council Two - Part 1!

Good afternoon all Well I have survived Methodist Council last Monday easily enough and then my computer went into permanent restart for a particularly jovial reason - must be the seasonal spirit. Anyway this Methodist Council meeting was held at Methodist Church House (located opposite Madam Tussades, Baker Street, London) on Monday 16th December 2005. I was in attendance and spoke to a variety of items etc. As per before the general murmur or grunt was all that was required to pass an item, therefore to spare your eyes glazing over I shall only indicate if any other action was taken to pass/dismiss something.... so then, on with the show! 11am and time enough for coffee and banter, tis a fine way to start the day and catch up with friends and folks from all round the connexion prior to business starting. Then we went to item 1 - A welcome to a representative of the state Agency for religious affairs from the "peoples republic" of china. This was fascinating for two reasons - one was the ruling body of the Methodist church (in-between conferences) welcoming a representative from a country with one of the worst human rights records in the world (albeit one that is improving from disgraceful). The second was why she was here, to investigate the relationship between church and state, an area that I find fascinating myself in particular how much should the state and church be truly linked or one regulating the other, but unfortunately I didn't get to speak with here though may try and find an email to her. 2 - Opening prayers and reflections aided by an amazing picture from the methodist art collection. For all its name may betray it is in reality an amazingly robust and varied collection and I now wait with anticipation for the next piece we are shown. When discussing this with the curator bod who was at this meeting he was getting most animated about the expansion of the collection, in particular through new commissioning of works. 3 – Letters, apologies etc. I must say, beaurocratic it may seem, that the idea of sending out letters of congratulations and commisorations are infact a great idea and again it provides an interesting insight into what is viewed as important in whom it can be 4 – ethnic Monitering. Something the Methodist Church does well is produce stats, this is something it has done since it’s very start (see early membership returns prior to most other churches considering having such things) and in conference and council it has ethnic Monitering ones. These are infact more than background they cover age, gender etc and are always there to shock. Being a large majority male make-up needed to be made a point of discussion with the end result that these stats are to be circulated to all districts so that when they elect their synod representatives that the overall gender balance on the council is taken into consideration. I would stroll into this issue but it would be a post within it’self but feel free to comment on this outcome! More to come later as I am now only ten minutes into the meeting in reality! Take Care Y'All John

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Thus it was revealed

Yesterday I posted up soem Coldplay lyrics from which one was to draw a christian message. After a stunning response I felt compelled to post the answers up today! Well, to me, it is all about the exploration and realisation that no matter what situation you find yourself in that God will always be about for you. Now this may seem like a rather spurious claim but let us quickly examine the claims throughout the song. It starts by profiling the very fustrations that underpin the 21st century lifestyle, notably that of trying and never succeeding, lust for want over requirement and finaly being so exhausted that you cannot sleep. A feeling that whatever you do you are going backwards and not going anyway, certainly a feeling that I often have! Then from the outward lifetime fustrations it hints at the inner problems of loves won and lost, personal affection towards lost items etc. These more sensual problems are often more distructive then the work related ones outlined initially. For through a mixture of both of these the human mind body adn soul is coming close to distruction through distraction and fustration. So then what is the solution Lights will guide you home And ignite your bones And I will try to fix you Lights guiding us home and igniting our bones, trying to fix us? What sort of random and outrageous claims are these. We are not ships at sea! No, instead it is a brief stroll towards the idea of Christianity..... By offering Light as "guiding you home" it automaticaly shows the idea of light leading us to something new and better. For if Christ is the Light of the world then it is through Jesus that we manage to overcome our present fustrations outlined in the verses. Therefore by having followed the light we have our bones ignited by the holy spirit to set us free. Free from a life of dull repetative repreating toils that lead to no end except more fustration. Therefore having confided in and moved towards God the return for this is to "try to fix you" promising salvation of the sort that we have to work together on. Instead of opening up a sachet of "Insta Salvation" (saving souls since 1888) God will try to fix you but we are all created with free will so once we have found religion we need to continue that quest, that following of the light and God will try to fix us up on the way. Overall that was my idea around it all. I had't even considered this as a christian underlying song but a good friend of mine was dancing to this for an audition and we were discussing it and suddenly I found the above idea flowing out of my mouth, I even managed to shock myself! Anyway hope all is well Regards Ever John

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Christian Lyrics

Here we have some lyrics by Coldplay that manage to be a remarkable tale of the true power and release felt by a development of a journey of faith Fix you When you try your best but you don’t succeed When you get what you want but not what you need When you feel so tired but you can’t sleep Stuck in reverse And the tears come streaming down your face When you lose something you can’t replace When you love someone but it goes to waste Could it be worse Lights will guide you home And ignite your bones And I will try to fix you And high up above or down below When you’re too in love to let it go But if you never try you’ll never know Just what you’re worth Lights will guide you home And ignite your bones And I will try to fix you Tears stream down your face When you lose something you cannot replace Tears stream down your face And i… Tears stream down your face I promise you I will learn from my mistakes Tears stream down your face And i… Lights will guide you home And ignite your bones And I will try to fix you Prior to illuminating you as to my thinking as to where in the lyrics it lies I will instead throw open the doors to you to comment and then I shall do so! regards John