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“Monsters: Greed” June 2009 by grayza
June 15, 2009, 4:30 pm
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Last in the theme of Monsters – looking at the inner monsters of Envy, Anger and Greed.  This months meeting was also moved forward a week to make way for the West End Festival event next week.

Before the start of each of these we have been using playlists of related music, someone asked me for a track name, so here is this month’s Greed related tracks: Money (In God We Trust) by Extreme; Material Girl by Madonna; Money by Pink Floyd; If I Had $1000000 by Barenaked Ladies; Gold Digger by Kanye West Feat. Jamie Foxx; Mercedes Benz by Mercedes Benz; and Money (That’s What I Want) by The Beatles.

For a change, after a short welcome from Jenny we started with a worship set of the following songs: Indescribable,   O taste and see,   Amazing grace (my chains are gone).  Then Gordon told a story about a Hamish the Hamster – this is where the mp3 recording starts – this was followed by this video looking at forms of Greed in the media…

Most of the core team that organizes Deeper then gave some examples of Greed in their own life, then asked people to share in groups what they thought their own greed was…

Jenny and Gordon both then taught on the topic of Greed – mp3 recording – then there was an opportunity for ministry and worship (the second set included: The splendour of the king; This is my desire; Jesus we enthrone you; I’m giving you my heart and God in my living. Finishing off with Be Thou My Vision.

There is no Deeper service in July, have a good summer.



“Monsters: Anger” May 2009 by grayza
May 17, 2009, 10:34 pm
Filed under: Deeper Service Outline, videos/visuals

Second of a short group of three services under the title of Monsters, where we are tackling difficult topics of Envy, Anger and Greed.  Three areas that are often hidden Monsters inside us that we hide from each other and often deny even to ourselves.

To open, Lorna shared a story of a monster from her nightmares when growing up, then Gordon reminded us of the point of the series and what was covered last time.  After a short video montage showing scenes of anger from various movies JJ asked people to discuss a little about these clips, then led us through a series of searching questions to open up the topic of anger.

Gordon and Jenny then led the next section – download mp3 here

The with an invite for prayer ministry the main sung worship section began.  Here’s a note of the set list:

  • Blessed be the name
  • It’s our confession
  • You chose the cross
  • Holy God
  • God in my living
  • O taste and see
  • Who is like you
  • Let the weak say


Visualists
:  we try to change the visual set up, images used and the way we mix regularly.  This month we used two verticle drapes with projectors placed close and low to skew the image in a deliberatly distorted manner. The same image was used on all three screens with the words overlayed on the centre (fast-fold) screen only.  We have been using GrandVJ from ArKaos for video mixing for some time now which among other things gives the visual team much more flexability and control over upto 8 layers of video to mix live.



“Monsters: Envy” April 2009 by grayza
April 21, 2009, 7:07 pm
Filed under: Deeper Service Outline, videos/visuals

First of a short group of three services under the title of Monsters, where we will be tackling difficult topics of Envy, Anger and Greed.  Three areas that are often hidden Monsters inside us that we hide from each other and often deny even to ourselves.

After a short introduction JJ lead us through some readings and quotes about the topic of envy (slides available here) and asking people to share in groups their thoughts and examples of this.  This was followed by an example of the world portrayal of Envy using the Nicklback video for Rockstar.  Gordon followed this by giving away an ipod and showing us that our issues of envy isn’t really with the people that are blessed – our issue is with the person who gave out the blessings and didn’t give them to us…
Dan 4:35, 1 Chron 29:12

Jenny then followed this with by telling us that as God’s children, we’re called to be like our Father.  The bible says God is love…  and has this to say about love:  “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” 1 Cor. 13:4-6
We cannot love if we have envy lurking in our hearts.  So how can we root it out?

  • Embrace the truth that we think God owes us….
  • Confess our envy to somebody….
  • Make it your habit to celebrate the success of others….

Celebration cleanses our hearts of envy, so we then moved into a time of celebration and prayer ministry.

There was a break during the sung worship for a second short meditation led by JJ on the topic of celebration – slides available here.

The first part of the service was recorded and the mp3 is available from the St Silas web pagesMore photos here.



“Organic Faith: Future Harvest” March 2009 by grayza
March 22, 2009, 1:18 am
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flickr01The last of our 6 ‘Organic Faith’ series which was designed to help you readdress and renew the aspects of your faith which easily get sidelined.  It was a time to remember why we believe, how our faith grows, what stifles that growth and how to overcome these things.

It was also one of the most technical series that we did experimenting with many ways of interacting and engaging.  With a month between events we wanted to bridge that gap by keeping in touch via email and blog, we asked you to participate in online surveys and used that to inform the next event and during some meetings we asked you to send us feeback instantly by txt.  Here is some of what went on:

Lastly, for this record, this month the visual team switched to new technology to produce the live visuals during the meeting – usng VJing software instead of the usual DVDs and video mixer – this meant super-widescreen effect onto our custom built full width screen.  While this took longer to setup it gives us more space, layers and flexibilty to mix.  We hope you enjoyed the effect and, as always, that this added to the experince without turning it into ‘a show’.


timelapse of March event

MeanwhileEnvy, Anger & Greed is what we are looking at in the next short season building up to summer.  More details soon.



“Organic Faith: Feeding and Watering” Feb 2009 by grayza
February 26, 2009, 4:23 pm
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This was the fifth in the series of Organic Faith series, Feeding and Watering.

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“Organic Faith: Weeds, Thorns and Worship” Jan 2009 by grayza
February 5, 2009, 2:26 pm
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This was the fourth in the series of Organic Faith series, Weeds, Thorns and Worship

If you are looking for…
The Handout

MP3 of all ‘talky bits’
This month’s survey
To join the Deeper email list (about two email’s each month) email deeper@stsilas.org.uk.

If you have any comments or feedback on this or any element of a Deeper meeting, please leave a comment below.



“Deeper Christmas” Dec 2008 by grayza
December 23, 2008, 12:06 am
Filed under: Deeper Service Outline, Uncategorized

Taking a seasonal break from the Organic Faith series we took the opportunity to have a time of reflecting on Christmas.  We were continuing to use the side drape as an entrance way / secondary stage:

  • the drape is raised to let people in at the side (so that people don’t just fill up the back of the church), then droped when the service starts and the back opened up for latecomers – so if you’ve never noticed this you are always late!
  • then because this is fairly clear, and to mix things up a little the main talk comes from this side area with the speaker standing right beside their ppt/images.
  • in addition, this month we then set up a response station for people to do something.

What happened this month:

  1. opening time of worship (with fairly laid back minimal visuals for each song) – O little Town, O come o come Emanuel, This is the realm of your glory, O come let us adore him, O come all ye faithful
  2. then Jenny spoke from the side area (mp3 available) making the point that the known universe is “a little bit huge”, leading to a reading from John 1 (the video of which failed – sorry), and then unpacking this to show that Jesus was the word that created the entire universe and that the power capable of doing all that became the tiny human baby.  Jesus was sent to earth and did all that had to be done for us to be reconciled with God…. there’s more, listen to the mp3
  3. Ian read the story Father and Son by Geraldine McCaughrean
  4. as a time of reflection we played a CD track “Joseph Lullaby” by Mercyme with a video of a baby sleeping in a cot
  5. Jenny wrapped up this section and laid out the options for the rest of the meeting,
    – to join in the worship
    – to take time out to visit the responsive station (see below)
    – to take the opportunity for prayer ministry which was available in an area to one side of the church
    closing worship set was- Silent Night, Light of the world, Your grace is enough, Hark the herald angle sing, Joy to the world

The responsive station was set up behind where Jenny had spoken from (right hand side of church) and the screen was raised again to show this.  It was a simple nativity scene (using the Russian dolls we have had as a theme this Christmas) with full size, a hay filled manger in front of it and some candles either side.  In the manger also contained gold coloured stars with messages attached of Isaiah 9:6.  People were asked to, if and when they felt like it, come and kneel before this to reflect on what had been said and to take a star as a reminder to them.



“Organic Faith: Growth” Nov 2008 by grayza
November 18, 2008, 12:35 am
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Tonight, was the third in the series of Organic Faith series, Growth

If you are looking for…
The Handout
MP3 of all ‘talky bits’
This month’s survey
To join the Deeper email list (about two email’s each month) email deeper@stsilas.org.uk.

What happened this month: We continue to try different setups for the entrance way, this time opening up the archway half way down the church but making it more ‘deliberate’ by putting another drape across to the window to divide the space up.  We also used some more stand alone two-coloured lights to help brighten the building up some.  Once people came into the main space there was the usual mix of chairs and cushions, however once we got started we closed off this main entrance way and opened up another way in at the back – all of this helps us seat people all around rather than folk only sitting at the back.  We also used the entrance way area (once the drape what put back in place) as a second screen area for Jenny and Gordon to speak from – any comments on how this layout worked are welcome.This service was the third in the series Organic Faith, and opened again with the modified Intro Video, which ends with a summary of what was covered in previous months.  We started with an opening worship set, then Jenny (from the side area) again re-capped the previous concepts including the video diary of how one team member had got on with the challenge from last time to be more deliberate in whatever method you find useful for your time with God.This then led into an excellent personal testimony by Lorna which was also a demonstration of a simple exercise of drawing out a graph of your spiritual life, to do this you think about various points in your life, what was going on at those times and how your walk with God was at that time.  Did these things affect you positively or negatively?  Is there a pattern?  What can you learn from this?

JJ took over from this to help lead people through doing this for themselves or in groups using the handouts people got on the way in.  Firstly people were to think about their own spiritual life graph, then discuss with folk around them what in general helped their spiritual life, and the things that tended not to help.  These were written on leaf-shaped paper and stuck to one of two ‘vines’.

Gordon followed all this with the actual ‘talky bit’ about what should help us grow.  Asking the question “do you actually need the faith we desire?” in other words if we have enough faith for what we are doing now then perhaps the problem of our faith not growing is that we aren’t doing anything that needs more faith.

There followed a longer time of sung worship during which prayer ministry was available.


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“Organic Faith: Putting down roots” Oct 2008 by grayza
October 21, 2008, 9:22 pm
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The second in the series Organic Faith Putting Down Roots

if you are just looking for…

What happened this month:The setup of the building was dark, a welcome screen as people entered, cushions (and blankets!) but also more chairs than we normally leave out and these were arranged to get people into groups.  Again, we played some tracks by The Blind Boys of Alabama prior to the start as it went down well last month.

To start we faded the lights, music and played the opening purpose made video which sets the scene for the meeting, shows where it sits in the series and now also summaries the story so far.  Then Jenny and Gordon both summarized what the plan for the organic faith series was and posed a question for people to discuss in groups – the responses from the groups were then txt’d to the team and fedback on screen.

Using this feedback, the results from last month’s survey and a video diary made by one of the team, Jenny spoke about Putting down roots with the emphasis on being intentional about what you do in your devotional time.  This talk also involved lots of practical tasks for individuals and in the groups, specifically we gave people the opportunity to try different ways of doing devotionals –

  • viewing God as lover – using song of songs 2:10-13 and some visuals of nature
  • viewing God as Father – with some questions to discus in groups
  • viewing God as Friend – Jesus and disciples (John 15:15) – getting people to write things or draw as a response to the passage.

A recording of the talk including the group work is online.

There was then a time of sung worship and prayer ministry in repose to what was learned and any commitments made.

An important part of this series to help those who are interested to put into practice the ideas presented each month.  If you would like to be involved in this email deeper@stsilas.org.uk with the subject=subscribe to receive one or two emails each month to help with this.

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Organic Faith: How to participate? by grayza
September 21, 2008, 11:40 pm
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During this series we want to invite you to get back to the basics of your faith, to get back to Jesus:

  • Sept: Breaking the ground
  • Oct: Putting down Roots
  • November: Grow!
  • January: Weeds, Thorns & Worship
  • February: Feeding & Watering
  • March: Future Harvest

The first challenge is to chose to try this out.  To ‘break the ground’ of your own heart, your own faith, whether it feels like breaking through concrete or turning over good soil ready for a new sowing season.  All you have to do is say to yourself that you will give this a try.

To ‘bridge the gap’ between Deeper services we are trying several new things:

  • we are asking people to give us your email address, this will be used to send you a few emails each month to remind you of the topic, pointers of what is going on and reminders of things you’ve to do.
    to sign up send an email to: deeper@stsilas.org.uk with the subject = SUBSCRIBE
  • we are asking people to take short (anonymous) online surveys.  The results of this will be used in the planning each month’s Deeper so that we cover what actually matters to those who come, not just what we thing is relevant to those who come.
    the first survey is now available
  • someone is making a video diary of their journey through this topic which will be used each month to help remind us what is going on and to introduce the series to newcomers.

a few notes about the use of your email addresses…

  • by giving us your email address for this we will only use it for this series of Deeper.
  • We will not retain the information within the church or passed on to third parties.
  • Once this series of Deepers is complete we will delete the email addresses.