echoes of athenian idols

Sunday, December 28, 2003:

at our christmas eve service - new thing for us to have a 'led service' - there were twenty-four of us - which was about twice what we thought would come. thanks to everyone for coming and to those who did the readings and planning.

we started with a couple of readings, followed by some time in reflection, where you were given the opportunity to take a fluorescent star - which shines in the dark - after that there were a couple more readings and then communion. We used a few readings from the alternative worship book by Jonny Baker and Doug Gay. 'call to worship', 'waiting', and 'genealogy of grace'.

anyhow - here are a few other bits and pieces of what we used below:

In the darkness, the candles burn. They hold the darkness back, just barely hold it back. In the darkness of that Judean night, in the midst of nowhere, to parents who were nobody, the child was born, and whoever it was that delivered him slapped his bare backside to start the breath going, and he cried out as each one of us cried out, at the shock and strangeness of being born into the darkness of the world. Then, as the Gospels picture it, all heaven broke loose...

..Come all ye faithful, and all ye who would like to be faithful if only you could, and all ye who walk in darkness and hunger for light...Come and behold him, born the king of angels. Speak to him or be silent before him. In whatever way seems right to you and at whatever time, come to him with your empty hands. The great promise is that to come to him who was born at Bethlehem is to find coming to birth within ourselves something stronger and braver, gladder and kinder and holier, than ever we knew before or than ever we could have known without him.

- Frederick Beuchner

**** // 10:34 pm


Monday, December 22, 2003:

Christmas Eve 2003

11.30pm @ the bush cafe, elmwood ave

celebrate the coming of the Christ at a short service with us

- more later

**** // 5:53 pm


Wednesday, December 17, 2003:

God's secret garden, this Thursday, drop in anytime:

Thursday 18th December 9-11pm @ the bush cafe, elmwood ave. all welcome.

an exploration of christmas:


creating godspace - a place for reflection, meditation and contemplation

**** // 11:40 am


Wednesday, December 10, 2003:

ko.yaa.nis.katsi (from the Hopi language), n. 1. crazy life. 2. life in turmoil. 3. life disintegrating. 4. life out of balance. 5. a state of life that calls for another way of living.

koyaanisqatsi is a movie we used last week in godspace. i wouldnt try to do justice to it by offering an explanation, but you can find out plenty about it
here. thanks to john preston who recommended it to us. someone remarked 'it is the story of how in destroying the world we are destroying our humanity'

it is part of a trilogy, you can buy the first two together here.
here is a review: 'A box set featuring 'Koyaanisqatsi' which is a high-speed look at modern life, with all its changing tempos and constantly shifting scenes which never allow your eyes to leave the screen. Breath-taking shots set to music by Philip Glass and 'Powaqqatsi' which is a mesmeric and visually stunning tapestry of images from the Third World. A follow-up to the popular 'Koyaanisqatsi'. Hypnotic soundtrack by composer Philip Glass.'
we actually used the music of Brian Eno in the background, which seemed to be perfect for it. if anyone else has ever used this we'd love to hear about it...
**** // 3:07 pm


Friday, December 05, 2003:

check out the new site for the christmas project: get less, give more.
**** // 10:36 am


Wednesday, December 03, 2003:

tomorrow night:

God's secret garden is this Thursday, drop in anytime.

Thursday 4th December 9-11pm @ the bush cafe, elmwood ave.

the last part of our exploration of the desert:


creating godspace - a place for reflection, meditation and contemplation

everyone welcome.

**** // 2:50 pm


Tuesday, December 02, 2003:

thanks to steve collins who has put us up on small fire and also some photos he took of our stuff at greenbelt.
**** // 4:48 pm


from the shine mailing list:

Dec 20th: The Shine Christmas Party.
Room 1: Adam Beyer & Danny Howells
Room 2: DJ Craze, Questlove (the Roots) & Chris Caul.
The bar: Alan Simms & Darren Allen.
Tickets are £12 NUS/members and £14 others from Queens, Virgin, Mixmaster and Underground.

Dec 27th: The Christmas Party Pt 2:
Main room: Derrick Carter (three hour set) & Simon McDermott
The bar: Alan Simms & Phil Kieran
Tickets are available from the usual outlets priced £12.

Dec 31st: Shine in Association with BBC Radio 1 presents the New Year's Eve Party
Room 1:
Audio Bullys (live on Radio 1)
Room 2 (which will feature for the first time in Shine, a surround sound system):
Paul Daley
Ignition Technician live
Room 3:
Tim Westwood (live on Radio 1)
Nik Muzka
The bar:
Alan Simms & Simon McDermott
Tickets on sale soon priced £24 NUS/members & £26.
Tim Westwood will bring in the New Year live on Radio 1 and then hand over to the Audio Bullys. This will be the only outside broadcast on Radio 1 this New Year's Eve.

**** // 4:42 pm


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This is the echo weblog. An echo is somewhere between a voice and no voice, somewhere between hearing and not hearing, and somewhere between knowing and not knowing. It's a place of faith and doubt. It's for all those trying to shed their snake skins of tradition, pride, ignorance, prejudice, and trying to work things out for themselves. It's for those caught dancing in the dichotomy of clubbing and christianity, and still trying to follow Christ.
a few of us were discussing what songs the disciples hummed to themselves as they walked home on ascension day....which do you think it was?
'leaving on a jet plane' - like in armageddon (the film that is, not the real thing)
anything by 'air'
'lifted' by 'the lighthouse family'
'up, up and away' by 'andy williams'
'i believe i can fly' by 'r kelly'
'reach for the stars' by 's club'
'stairway to heaven' by 'led zeppelin' (or rolf harris, depends on your taste)
'the only way is up' by 'yazz and the plastic population'
'i'll fly away' by 'alison krauss'
'movin on up' by 'primal scream'
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