The young folk in church had great fun designing a pizza (with some salad from the youngest child who couldn't reach the main section). The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity gave the idea of different parts all working together to make a greater whole while still maintaining distinctiveness.
We did the same with a familiar hymn tune. First we heard it on just one note - a "thin" sound. Then the organist added just one other note in harmony and the sound was better but still leaving a lot to be desired. But when we added all the notes and the human voices, then we had a glorious sound. All different yet all working together to praise God.
That's what we're aiming for this evening. Many different churches, many different "flavours" of church but together we'll make a joyful noise as we worship together.
I'd loved to have watched more carefully as the little ones did the drawing during my talk. Looking at it now I'm impressed with the crust - not just a simple circle as I would probably have done; and the mushrooms and pepperoni, the peppers, the (blue) sweetcorn and the olives. It really is a work of art and deserves its place in the 2010:365 photograph gallery. If anyone from Windsor happens to look at this blog- let me know you've visited and what you think of the pizza!
whose Holy Spirit equips your Church with a rich variety of gifts:
Grant us so to use them that, living the Gospel of Christ
and eager to do your will,
we may share with the whole creation in the joys of eternal life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect of the Twentieth Sunday after Trinity. BCP