Fruit Meditation

(In the book ‘Multi-sensory Prayer’ (see snippets) there is a fruit meditation where you use pieces of fresh fruit. I wanted to do something similar but without the need to use fresh fruit. This is my version of a fruit meditation).

Jesus said, ‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If a person remains in me and I in them, they will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.’

What fruit will you bear?

Think about different fruits and how many there are. Grapes, apples, bananas, strawberries, peaches, pineapples, ugli fruit, kiwi fruit.

They have different colours, different shapes, different tastes. There are so many different types. Yet all of them are all still fruits.

Just like these fruits, the fruits you bear in your life will also be different to others. But that doesn’t mean yours fruits are any more or less important or they are of more or less value.

So think now for a minute about the sorts of fruit you might bear.

Perhaps you think you don’t have any fruit. But just think what you have to offer, maybe it’s providing a listening ear, being willing to offer a helping hand, offering a word of encouragement.

Think about the sorts of fruit you might bear.

Now think what would happen if you just left fruit in the cupboard? It would dry up and go mouldy. It would go to waste. Is this what is happening with your fruits. Your fruits are not meant to be hidden and unused. Are you neglecting your fruits, keeping them hidden? Are there fruits in your life that you need to take out of the cupboard and use?

Now think about using that fruit. Think about its taste and how eating it, it will be refreshing. Think about how it will provide the nourishment needed to support your body.

What can you do with your fruits to refresh someone’s life, what can you do to give them the support they need? Think of how your fruit can make a difference, think about who you can share your fruit with.

Let God prompt you, let Him help you see the fruits you have and how you can use them.

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Reading With Christmas Candle

In the quietness of this time,
We remember the light that shone around the angels,
And we light this Christmas candle. (Light a candle)

Take time to look at the light
Remember the light that shone around the angels
As they told the shepherds not to be afraid
Let this light remind you that God’s spirit comes
To assure you not to be afraid
To tell you he loves you
To tell you, you are not alone
He says, do not be afraid to let his light into your life.

Take time to look at the light
Remember the light that shone around the angels
As they told the shepherds, they had a message of peace on earth
Let this light remind you that God’s spirit comes
To unravel the tangles of your life
To heal you when you feel broken
To bring peace to your soul
He says be at peace in his light

Take time to look at the light
Remember the light that shone around the angels
As they told the shepherds that their joyful tidings are meant for all
Let this light remind us that for all means
Seeing all people as our neighbours,
Showing each person is accepted
Being communities that lift and love
He says reach out to someone who is searching for this light.

In the quietness of this time,
We light this Christmas candle for hope, joy, peace and love.

© Graham Wilson 2021 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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No Room

A Christmas reading.

1: The time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her first born, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.
1: No room for them in the inn
2: No room for them
1: No room
2: No.
1: We’re full up
2: Overflowing
1: Packed out
2: Residually volumetrically challenged
1: In fact
2: I’ve no room.
1: Please go away, you’re not my problem
2: This is nothing to do with me
1: Stop looking at me like that
2: I have no room.
1: Its not my fault you’re homeless
2: Its the fault of the census
1: Its the fault of the government
2: Its the fault of the regulations
1: Its the fault of market forces
2: But I’ve still
1: No room
2: No room
1: Try going to the council
2: Try the citizens advice bureau
1: Try phoning Shelter
2: Try anyone
1: But me.
2: I’m sorry
1: I apologise
2: I regret
1: I’ve no room
2: No room.


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Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website

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Brick Meditation

In the book Multi-Sensory Prayer, one suggestion is to build a communion table using bricks. I
wrote this script to use that idea. Each person is given a brick and asked to hold it in their hand.

As you hold your brick, then the obvious thing you notice is its weight.
And if you continue to hold for a time, it may even begin to feel heavier as you tire of holding it.
But bricks are not meant to be held and carried round.
They are meant to be used, to create a thing of strength, such as buildings and structures.
If you just hang on to them, they don’t fulfil their purpose and they are a burden.
If you give them up to create something, they become a thing of strength.

Our lives can be like bricks
If we fear opening our self to others and hold everything to our self,
if we are afraid to reach out to others,
then that fear weighs us down like a brick.
But God doesn’t want us to be weighed down,
If we are willing to give our fears to him
Then He can use us to be a support and strength to others
We can help build his kingdom.

What we want to do now is create a communion table using your bricks.
I ask now that you be willing to give up your brick
To bring it out now and we will use them to build up a two piles that will create the supports of our communion table.
And as your bricks are built up and provide that support
Let it be an expression of your desire to let go of your fears
To give yourself to God
An expression of your desire to build God’s kingdom
And your willingness to be a support to others.

(Now bring out bricks.)

As you have let go of your brick
As you have given it to build this table
As you have allowed it to fulfil its purpose to be a support
May we each be willing to give up our fears and hesitations to God
May we be willing to give our lives to God
That we may become kingdom builders
That we may be a support and strength to those who need us
That we may fulfil the purpose God has for each one of us.

© Graham Wilson 2021 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Father Forgive Them

Jesus said
Father forgive them.

But what about you?
Do you want his forgiveness?
Is that what you need?

Are you ready?
To feel His forgiveness
To know His forgiveness
To accept His forgiveness.

Are you ready?
Not if you think you don’t need it
Not if you think it doesn’t apply to you
Not if you don’t care
Not if you are too proud.

Are you ready?
He offers forgiveness to you.
See His arms outstretched to accept you
He offers forgiveness to you
See His arms taking the weight of your pain
He offers forgiveness to you
See His arms embracing all your hurt
He offers forgiveness to you
To you.

Are you ready?

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Jesus Turned And Looked At Peter

A reading based on Luke 22:61

Jesus turned and looked straight at Peter
Straight at him
Eye to eye
Heart to heart
Soul to soul.

How did Jesus look at you Peter?
Was it just because you failed?
Or because you had been so cock sure?
So brave
So confident
So sure of yourself
So sure you didn’t need anyone else
So sure you forgot you needed God
So cock sure
It needed a cockerel
To get through to you.

How did Jesus look at you Peter?
You will soon find out on the beach
How did Jesus look at you Peter?
You will know when He asks if you love Him
How did Jesus look at you Peter?
You will know when he says feed my sheep
How will you respond Peter?
You will soon find out at Pentecost.

How does Jesus look at me when I fail?
How does Jesus look at you when you fail?
Remember Peter
Remember
Remember.

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Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Bread and Wine

Thoughts on bread and wine at communion.

Jesus said, eat this in remembrance of me.
How does bread remind us of Him?
Bread is food, and without food we starve and die.
Bread gives us strength and energy,
It feeds our body gives us the means to live.
Jesus said, He is the bread of life.
This piece of bread reminds us that
Without Him, we will spiritually starve and die.
This piece of bread reminds us that
With Him, we receive spiritual strength and energy
And become spiritually alive.
As we eat this bread, we remember
We are not to nibble at His teachings,
We are to take Him completely into our life.
May we be willing to do this as we eat in remembrance of Him

Jesus said, drink this in remembrance of me.
How does wine remind us of Him?
If we don’t drink, our mouths become parched and dry, and we die.
Drinking refreshes and revives us, and is essential for us to live.
Jesus said, He is the everlasting water
This glass of wine reminds us that
Without Him, we become spiritually parched and dry
And eventually we spiritually die.
This glass of wine reminds us that
With Him, we are spiritually revived and refreshed
And we become spiritually alive.
As we drink this wine, we remember
We are not to sip at His teachings,
We are to drink Him in completely into out life.
May we be willing to do this as we drink in remembrance of Him.

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Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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God So Loved

God So Loved The World

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son.
What’s that again?
God, the creator of the universe, the great I AM, the almighty one
Loved us so much,
That he would risk all and give his only precious son,
Just for us?
I need to stop, think and try and get my brain round this.
He loves us so much
Each and every one of us,
Yes, you in the blue jumper,
Yes, you who are crying inside,
Yes you who are going grey at the edges,
Yes, you who are day dreaming about that girl down the road,
Yes, you the fidgeting inquisitive child
Yes you who are wondering what God is calling you to,
Yes YOU
He loves you so much He gave you his only precious son.
Can we really take this in?
Can this astounding, mind bending, world changing news
Eventually, really, dawn on us?
Can it slowly seep down our legs and make our toes tingle?
Can it ripple down our arms and make our hands wave?
Can it rise upwards and make our lips crinkle into a smile?
Can it get to our brain and turn thoughts rainbow colours?
God so loved the world that he gave his only son
Keep saying it to yourself until you burst with joy
God so loved the world that he gave his only son.
Just for You.

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Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Yes or No

Think if you want to say Yes to Jesus
Yes he lets you choose.
No threats, no pressure, just an invitation in love
It’s up to you
You can say yes or no

Think of his disciples when they said yes.
They could have made excuses
Their lack of education, their status, their common speech.
Jesus didn’t take excuses, just gave a choice, say yes or carry on fishing.
When he asks you yes or no
Do you make excuses, do you want to carry on as you are?
You can say yes or no.

When the disciples said yes, Jesus led them.
He didn’t just talk about God, he didn’t organise seminars,
He lived God’s will, He did God’s will. He led by actions.
Saying yes means living, doing, acting.
Is this for you?
You can say yes or no.

Then he had to leave his disciples,
But they were not left alone and helpless.
He left them his spirit, he left them each other, he left his promises.
Saying yes doesn’t mean struggling on your own
You have his spirit, his church, his promises.
You can say yes or no

How will he ask you?
A burning bush, a voice from the clouds – doubtful.
A text, an email – probably not.
A gentle prompting, a word of scripture, a thought in a service – more likely.
He will ask you, but will you be listening?
What will you answer?
You can say yes or no.

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Without Love

This reading is based on extracts from the 12th and 13th chapter of Corinthians and best read with two people reading alternate lines.

Now to each one, the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

To some there is given through the Spirit, the message of wisdom.

But without love, the greatest wisdom makes no sense.

While another by the same Spirit can put the deepest knowledge into words.

But without love, this knowledge is just academic and empty.

The Spirit gives to another a special faith which may move mountains,

But without love, faith will not move hearts.

And to someone else the power to heal the sick.

But without love, no power can heal the soul.

By the same Spirit, power is given to some to do great miracles.

But without love, it brings no miracle of joy.

And to others power to prophesy and preach.

But without love, there is no ministry.

The Spirit gives others the ability to distinguish true spirits from false.

But without love, it has no purpose.

And still to others to speak in all kinds of tongues or to interpret them.

But without love, all words have no meaning.

But it is the one and same Holy Spirit which does all this.

But without love, the power of that spirit suffocates and dies.

The greatest gift of the Spirit is love.

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Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Prayer Is

Prayer Is

Prayer is
A free unlimited minutes contract with God.

Prayer is
Kneeling, talking, standing, crying, laughing, sitting, chatting, walking, sharing, giggling, arguing, whispering, questioning, stopping, listening, listening, listening.

Prayer is
A free unlimited minutes contract with God.

Prayer is
Hope, hesitance, quiet, honesty, panic, sorry, faith, strength, simplicity, love, peace, peace, peace

Prayer is
A free unlimited minutes contract with God.

Prayer is
Seeking, faltering, opening, reaching, calming, deepening, receiving, responding, committing, enabling, freeing, being, being, being.

Prayer is
A free unlimited minutes contract with God.

Prayer is
Being, being, being
With God

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Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Truth and Mercy

Lord Jesus you are mercy
But
You didn’t come with books of law
You didn’t come with lists of rules
Instead
You asked who dare cast the first stone
You said Father forgive them for they don’t know what they do
You told the thief you’d see him in paradise

Lord Jesus you are truth
But
You didn’t come with set answers
You didn’t come with rules of logic
Instead
You said you must lose your life to gain it
You said the poor widow gave more that the rich
You said the king must wash his disciples’ feet

Oh Lord
Let your truth and mercy
Surprise our preconceptions
Uncomfort our comfortableness
Break through the prejudices that blind us
So that
We see you
With nothing between us
Except our openness
And your acceptance

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Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Vision

I have a vision
Of a people
Who are a real Community of Christ
Not just in name,
But by reputation and by deeds.
A community where people can come,
No matter who they are,
When they are hurting and lonely
And will know from experience that they can find
Real love, hope, peace and joy.
A people who are a real Community of Christ.

I have a vision
Of a people
Who believe in the power of prayer.
But more, a people who act on that belief.
A people who actively seek God’s guidance
Who believe prayer can make a difference.
And who back up their prayers with actions.
A people who believe in the power of prayer.

I have a vision
Of a people
Who do not limit the power of the Holy Spirit
Who believe it can work in all situations
In church, in the community, at work, at home, in cyberspace.
Who believe that the power that divided and restored the Red Sea
Can also restore divided lives.
Who believe in a power that can take them by surprise
And use them to minister in ways they did not think possible
A people who are willing to let that spirit
Take them and use them
And amaze them with what ministry they can bring
A people who do not limit the power of the Holy Spirit.

I have a vision
Of a people
Who believe God is real
Who believe He can become real to 21st century society
Whose lives are motivated and enthused by this testimony
A people who believe God is real and relevant
A people who are a Community of Christ.

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Take Hold of my Hand

Take hold of my hand
I am here reaching out to you
As I have always been
Just as I reached out to many others when they needed me
I’m reaching out to you.

Remember Peter
When he reached out to me when he was drowning
When he thought he had failed
I reached out to him and lifted him.

I’m here reaching out to you
When you feel you are drowning,
When you feel you are failing
Take my hand, I’m here reaching out to you
To draw you back to me.

Remember Thomas
Who was full of doubts
But I reached out to him
To show him I was real.

I’m here reaching out to you
When you are full of doubts
Touch me and know that I am no figment of your imagination
Touch me and let me remind you
Of how I have been real to you in the past
Take my hand and know I am here.

Remember the man who could not walk
I reached out to him to show him he could walk
That he could do it.

I’m reaching out to you
When you feel you can’t do something
Reach out and let me show you
That you can not only walk
But can run and leap to new heights, new dreams
Take my hand and let me take you to new places.

Remember the woman who touched the hem of my cloak
She didn’t want to bother me
I reached out to her to show I was bothered about her
That I loved her.

I’m reaching out to you
To show you I’m bothered about you
To show you I love you
And want you to reach out to me
Take my hand and come with me.

© Graham Wilson 2020 All rights reserved.
Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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Washing Feet

Be still and let me wash your feet.

You come with the dust and toil of your daily life
Your feet are tired because of problems and worries you carry
Your feet are bruised because you have stumbled or failed.
They are scarred with past hurts
Sometimes they are heavy because you need to walk in difficult situations

Be still and let me wash your feet.

Don’t be embarrassed because I am your God, your Creator, your Saviour
Don’t resist because you think I shouldn’t do this
I do this because I love you
I do this because I love you

Be still and let me wash your feet.

Let me wash away the tiredness, the weariness, the worries
Let me ease away the pain of past hurts, past failures
Let my living water renew, refresh revive your spirit

Be still and let me wash your feet.
Be still and know you are cleansed, refreshed, renewed.
Be still and know that you are loved
Be still and be with me.

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Zacchaeus

A reading for two based on the story of Zacchaeus.

1. As Jesus was passing through Jericho, a man named Zacchaeus tried to get a look at Jesus, but was too short to see over the crowds.

2. What things are crowding your life, what is stopping you see Jesus. What things are getting in your way when you should be coming to meet Jesus?

1. So Zacchaeus ran ahead and climbed into a sycamore tree beside the road to watch from there.

2. Jesus wants you find space here and now so you can see him clearly. Are you willing to climb above those everyday distractions and take time to look to Jesus?

1. When Jesus came, he looked at Zacchaeus and called him by name. Zacchaeus, he said, quick, come, for I am going to be a guest in your home today.

2. Jesus is calling you by name, yes you, no don’t look round, he really means you, He wants to be your guest here and now.

1. Zacchaeus hurriedly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy.

2. Do you want to walk with Jesus, are you excited at the prospect. Do you want to welcome Jesus into your life?

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Community of Christ Leeds House Church Website.

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