Prayer for Liverpool
In the olden days a long time ago before the great lockdown, Teddy Horsley looked forward to getting up early on a Sunday morning to go to church with Lucy, Walter, and Betsy Bear. And he looked especially forward to going to church for the great Christian festivals, when he would always take something special with him to capture the mood of the festival.
For Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost Teddy Horsley was spoilt for choice. The images associated with those great festivals are plentiful and everybody in church would recognise and relate to Teddy Horsley’s choice. But the equally important Feast of the Ascension left Teddy Horsley a puzzled bear. First he tried making a hot air balloon. Then he tried making a rocket to travel to the moon. Yet none of these images captured his full understanding of the theology behind the Feast of the Ascension. When Teddy Horsley explored more deeply the theology of the Ascension he found there rich and royal enthronement imagery. He found this imagery in the Psalms. He found this imagery in the Apostles Creed. He celebrated this imagery by making a royal crown and placing it proudly on his own head as he too shared in the new life of his ascended King, anointed to reign for ever.
As we prepare our homes to participate in the Sunday Eucharist broadcast from Liverpool Cathedral, Teddy Horsley invites us, too, to make a crown to focus our attention on the Gospel message for the day.
The image for next Sunday, the Feast of Pentecost, is wind. You can find out more about that theme here: https://www.prayerforliverpool.org/prayer-resources.html. We would really appreciate you letting us know how you are using these materials. Please send us your ideas and photos of the things you may create; email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A couple of weeks ago I launched a national survey to explore how churchgoers are feeling during the lockdown. I hope that many people who visit this website today will be willing to participate in the survey. It is completely anonymous and confidential. Find out more here: https://tinyurl.com/ycsq9fy2.
You are warmly welcome to join us in worship today here:
If you’d like to follow along with the liturgy, the Order of Service is here:
We invite your further engagement with the Breakfast and the Bible notes here:
Teddy Horsley sends his Ascensiontide greetings to you all.
Prayer for Liverpool
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