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Last night’s Foundation Big service is still going around in my head. I am really tired – having been busy all weekend with prep and trying to keep the family running as well (Mark was so involved with the service prep so it was very tricky). But, like a well oilded machine we managed to keep it all going. Though this morning we did realise that Eva hadn’t done her homework. So it was a last minute dash to get her ‘who was St Patrick?’ homework done this morning.

Anyway, last night has had a big effect on me, not least because of the way the group of us who participated in the service have got to know each other over the last few weeks. Sharing all those difficult things, admitting to the lament, working with the stories and tracking the way we moved through them, has shifted not only the way I think about the group but also the way I feel about preparing for this sort of worship. It was an immense privilege to be part of the team. Who were:

‘the voice of the psalms’ – richard T
DJ Hoyland
the mac bros – Mark and Paul
the fabulous foundation singers (writers and producers) – Richard W, Jez, Tracey W, Anna, Paul
theo hazard disposal squad – Revd and Mrs Davies
designer, maker, sticker, stapler – Lizzie
magic lantern – Mr and Mrs Kissell
stories that will never end – (in order of appearance) Ellen, Dylan, Lizzie, Tim
refreshments – Debbie F
Liturgy maker – Jenny L
Holiday makers and idea generators – Mr and Mrs McColl
Continuity (and understudy for the mac bros) – Bruce Foreman
Bits and Bobs – Ellen

The picture above is the one I got in my envelope in the wilderness. Another one of Antonia Rolls pictures. Poor old Mary looks very tired and in desperate need of a cuppa and a good nights sleep. Someone mentioned to me that she also appears to have prepared for a baby girl – given the frock in the background. Jesus looks perky though.

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March 19, 2007 at 9:40 pm

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  1. Yes, a privilege it certainly was Ellen. The planning, for those who are part of it, can be every bit as significant (and as much of an act of worship) as the service itself. I too felt that this planning process was a wonderful time of relationship-building between all of us.

    Tim S

    March 20, 2007 at 7:56 am

  2. I like Jesus’ stripy babygro! And you are so right about Mary looking like she could do with a decent night’s sleep, but I guess that’s what you get with babies. 😉 Best wishes from South Liverpool, and thanks for visiting my blog.


    March 20, 2007 at 11:34 pm

  3. i know that I wasn’t there but i ahve to know did the Gaffa tape work!!!


    March 21, 2007 at 6:12 pm

  4. you can rest asured that the gaffa tape worked! A good job jobbed. Well done.

    Ellen Loudon

    March 21, 2007 at 7:14 pm

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