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Pride Weekend 2019

Before I begin this weeks reflections I just want to say a huge thank you to our Administrator Phillip Davis, who organised our weekend so well that it all went really smoothly. Also thank you to those who walked with us in the parade and joined us in the park for the Love BN1 festival.

So, Pride weekend 2019. There were many highlights over the weekend but there were two truly defining moments, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Saturday we were in the parade and it was awesome, met lots of lovely people and many pictures were taken of Matthew, in his rainbow nappy and MCC T-shirt. But that isn't what really made the parade a defining moment. As we were heading into London Road a man in the crowd waved me over, he asked if I was a real priest, i explained I was the Pastor of MCC Brighton and he told me he had lost his faith through the actions of his church. At that moment the parade began to move, he asked if he could contact me as he felt we might be the right church for him. That encounter by itself proves how essential it is that we are there, in the community, accessible to everyone.

Then Sunday, in the park, a lady who works for the Mental Health Services in Brighton and Hove, came up to me at our stall and thanked us for everything we do saying that people who access their services spoke very highly of us. It is great when we receive feedback about the work we are doing, showing that we are making a true difference. 

Add into all that a stint on the radio and it has been a full weekend. Great conversations with people, changing peoples attitudes about what church really is. I cannot wait until next year.

Have a truly blessed week.

Andrew

 

Who Is My Neighbour?

In the last of our sermons on Jesus' parables Andrew spoke to us about Prayer, using the parable of The Good Samaritan. To listen to that, and our other sermons, click here for our Youtube channel.

Wow, what a busy weekend, but a good one nonetheless. MCC Brighton was in the Brighton Pride Parade yesterday, and at LoveBN1 Fest today. Somebody posted about Pride in a a group that I am part of on Facebook, that is specifically for people of Brighton. The post was a positive one, but the longest reply thread in it was far from positive; unfortunately the most vocal members of this group seem to dislike anything that their neighbours do, and jump on any opportunity to complain.

Not everybody is like that though and the chorus to this song by Liam Bailey says
I try and love my neighbour even though I know my neighbour don't love me,
I try and love my neighbour even though I know my neighbour don't love me,
I try and love my neighbour...


Do you love your neighbour?

Blessings and love,
Philip


 

Heavenly Creator, in a world torn apart by fear and suspicion, teach us your children that Love is the only means to conquer fear: the Love we encounter as we search you out, the Love we encounter as we accept your embrace.
O Lord, the Son, in a world full of anger and frustration, teach us, your servants, your friends, your Heavenly siblings, to overturn the tables and tear down the fences which turn away the homeless, the homosexual, the gender non-conforming...; to feed and house the disciple that knocks on our door in the guise of the stranger, and to find the Love we seek in loving others.
O Holy Spirit, Mother of Wisdom, teach us to be caring of one another, to protect one another, as you protect us, gathering us in under the shadow of your wings. Help us to know peace that steals gently in through quiet acts of kindness..

Loving God, Creator, Son, and Spirit, help us to be a neighbour to the unneighbourly, and a friend to the unfriendly.

In the many names of God we pray,
AMEN

If you have any ideas for worship songs,
readings, sermon themes, or study topics,
please drop us a line at
 suggestions@mccbrighton.org.uk
Please send your suggestions for an MCC Brighton Social Programme to Philip.
All ideas are welcome. There is some funding available.

philip@mccbrighton.org.uk
Click HERE for our Google Calendar.



THIS WEEK

MONDAY 5th-
Pastoral Availability- Mondays are Pastor Andrew's day off, please do not contact him except in an emergency.

WEDNESDAY 7th-
The Hub- Salvation Army Congress Hall, Park Crescent (by the Level), 8.30am until 1.
An advice & support chaplaincy for the homeless & vulnerably housed, with free food. Volunteers always needed.
Street Church- Old Steine Gardens. 4pm until 6pm.
Informal worship & communion for everyone. Help with setup from 3.30 always appreciated.

THURSDAY 8th-
Community Office Hours-  Alcampo Lounge, London Road, 12pm until 5pm. 
Andrew will be available by phone. If you do not have access to a phone, please go to Alcampo Lounge where Philip will be able to help you contact Andrew.
Bible Cafe- Bible Cafe will return in September.

FRIDAY 9th-
Street Church Hastings- Wellington Place, Hastings, 4pm until 6.
Informal worship & communion for everyone. Help with setup from 3.30 always appreciated.

SUNDAY 11th-
Worship Service
- The Level, 6pm. Our service this weekend will be celebrating the birth of Matthew, and his Christening. Reverend Razia Aziz will be visiting to speak to us. Do come along!


IMPORTANT FUTURE DATES

TUESDAY 13th AUGUST
Worship Planning- Our Worship Planning team will be meeting at Andrew & SJ's to look at worship themes, readings, and songs. See Andrew or Philip if you would like to join them.

SUNDAY 18th AUGUST-
Worship Service
- The Level, 6pm. This will be the first of a two week series on Taking Responsibility and Andrew will be speaking to us about Ministry.

THURSDAY 22nd AUGUST
Board Meeting-
Alcampo Lounge, London Road, 5pm. This is an open meeting and all are welcome to observe.

SUNDAY 25th AUGUST-
MCC Brighton Pride Season- Hastings Pride. See Philip or Andrew for more details about the day.

TUESDAY 27th AUGUST-
MCC Brighton in Hastings Worship Service- The Quaker Meeting House, South Terrace, 4.30pm. We are launching our Hastings worship service, do come along!
For the launch service only, transport will be provided for everybody from Brighton to join us. Please speak to Philip if you are available.
Following the launch the service will take place on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. It will be a informal blend of Bible Cafe & our Sunday service. All are welcome.

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