Greenbelt update

by Richard on August 30, 2009

Sunday pm: all around me are children, noisily enjoying the messy area - “sticking and glueing”. I’m enjoying a mug of coffee, the cheapest I’ve found anywhere in the festival, and far from the worst. There are all sorts of activities I might go and do, but there is something very appealing about a few quiet blogging.

I wish I could say that the worship this morning uplifted and inspired, but though there were some promising ingredients, sadly the gap between expectation and delivery was too great. Perhaps it’s because the two most important elements to me in corporate worship - collective singing and the exposition of the word - were more or less completely absent. There were some hymns, and they had great (welsh!) tunes, but unfortunately the worship band were performers rather than congregational leaders.

Maybe beer and hymns will make up for it.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1

Kim 08.30.09 at 2:25 pm

Now there’s an idea for evening worship at a local Methodist church: instead of “Songs of Praise”, a “Beer and Hymns” service!

2

DaveW 08.30.09 at 3:49 pm

Agree about morning worship. Music at Sunday morning at GB often seems to be very weak.

3

Olive Morgan 08.30.09 at 8:25 pm

I’m sorry you were disappinted. Perhaps you should try the ECG event at Easter in Llandudno, where the communal singing is marvelous because the worship is so ably led by Y-Friday. May God bless you all in the rest of the weekend.

4

Tony Buglass 08.30.09 at 10:09 pm

Beer and hymns was one of the highlights for me when I went. Just great. One of my friends suggested we’d discovered an authentic British spirituality!

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Rachel 09.01.09 at 1:08 pm

There was an upside to the hymn singing on Sunday - it allowed me and a few standing nearby to practise non-violent resistance by singing the verses straight through with no pauses. A couple more hymns and we could have become a mass movement and overthrown the band!! Not quite up to Sami Awad’s standards but everyone has to start somewhere.

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