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This Week 24th – 30th September

Mon 24 Sep @11-3 Rainbow Junktion Cafe
Tue 25 Sep @7:30-9pm Bible Study at church (07930 815911 for further info)
Wed 26 Sep @12-2pm OWLS lunch
Thu 27 Sep @11-3 Rainbow Junktion Cafe
Fri 28 Sep @11-3 Rainbow Junktion Cafe
Fri 28 September @8.30pm Peterson Toscano and Ruth WildeEverything is Connected
Sat 29 September @10.30am-12:30 Peterson Toscano and Ruth WildeDig Deeper workshop
Sun 30 Sep @ 10am St Michael’s Day worship at St Michael’s, Headingley
See our calendar for more details of what is happening at All Hallows’

Everything is connected

We are delighted to welcome Peterson Toscano and Ruth Wilde to All Hallows’ on Friday 28th September at 8:30pm and for a follow up “Dig Deeper” workshop on Saturday 29th September at 10:30am to 12:30

Everything is Connected: A lively discussion about identity, justice, and peace

Pull just one strand in our world and see how deeply it is connected to many others. In this entertaining and insightful presentation, Ruth Wilde and Peterson Toscano join forces to reveal strange and often unseen connections in the world. Drawing on ancient stories, comedy, and insights from their travels, they weave together a tapestry that covers identity, LGBTQ issues, climate change, justice, peace, and much much more.

After spending 17 years and over $30,000 on three continents attempting to de-gay himself through gay conversion therapy, Peterson Toscano came to his senses and came out as an American quirky queer Quaker concerned with human rights and comedy. He asks himself and his audiences unusual and stimulating questions: Who are the gender outlaws in the Bible? What is a queer response to climate change? and How can comedy help us better understand our most tragic losses? A Bible scholar, a comic, and public speaker, Peterson is on a mission to connect with his audiences in deeply personal ways stirring up hope and purpose in a rapidly changing world.

Ruth is the UK Outreach Worker for Christian Peacemaker Teams. She also works as National Coordinator for Inclusive Church, so she understands how oppressions can intersect, and how climate change is ‘sexist, racist and classist’. Ruth has known about the oppression of / racism against indigenous peoples since she went on a CPT delegation to Grassy Narrows First Nation, Ontario, Canada in 2011. Now she sees clearly that climate change is also ‘racist’ against indigenous peoples and she thinks this is painfully ironic because they are often the humans who live the most sustainably and most in harmony with the earth. This makes her more determined than ever to educate and speak out about what is happening to indigenous peoples around the world!

In addition, Peterson and Ruth will also be leading a Dig Deeper workshop on Saturday 29th April at All Hallows. Ruth Wilde and Peterson Toscano stir up lots of discussion in their lively presentations. In order to deepen the experience and help communities figure out their next steps, they offer a facilitated discussion that includes small and large group activities designed to dig deeper into the issues raised during their presentation. Come to share your insights and to engage in others in conversation about making the world a better place for all.

Sunday 23rd September 2018

This coming Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Creationtide, a time for especially celebrating God’s Creation and thinking about how we look after it.

We will be welcoming Tony Whatmough from St Michael’s to our 10:30am meeting and he will be sharing his thoughts on Luke 17:20-37 as we fast approach the end of our series looking at the Gospel of Luke.

It is the start of a new term at the Universities and our part of Leeds is set to become home for lots of students – returning and new – so let’s pray for them as we offer everyone a warm welcome to All Hallows’ and Hyde Park.

Sermon by the Revd Dr Angela Birkin 16th September 2018

Notes from the sermon by the Revd Dr Angela Birkin 16th September 2018

Luke 17. 1-19

May the spoken and written word lead us to the living Word, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

At first sight, at first reading, Luke appears to have strung a number of sayings of Jesus together, with a healing miracle tagged on to the end. However, Luke’s stated aim in writing his gospel is to put down an orderly account for Theophilus, which means ‘friend of God’, and therefore for us, so it is definitely worth taking a close look at what he has written and thinking carefully about it.

Luke makes clear in the first verse of our reading that Jesus is speaking to his disciples, those who are following him, hoping to learn from him, not those who are disinterested observers or opponents. If we wish to learn from Jesus, then we need to listen to his words.

Jesus gives the disciples some tough teaching about leadership, against a mind-set that works against justice and compassion for the “little ones” that is for those in need, and against mind sets that obstruct the restoration of those who have done wrong to community of faith.

Jesus’ disciples, you and me, are to seek actively for the restoration of the person who has sinned, not stand at a distance and shun them. Moreover, the disciples, you and me, are to forgive without limit.

In response the disciples plead “Increase our faith”. They speak for us all I’m sure.

It’s very easy to read Jesus’ reply to the disciples as a rebuke said with a stern voice and even sterner facial expression. Unfortunately, the words written down by Luke don’t convey the body language of Jesus, his tone of voice, the twinkle in his eye. What if Jesus wasn’t being severe but playful and encouraging, kind and loving? It isn’t so hard to believe is it?

“Even with faith the size of a mustard seed – just a teeny-tiny, itsy-bitsy, smidgeon of faith, you can do anything, even something as crazy as tell a mulberry tree to uproot itself and jump into the sea.”

If we hear Jesus speak with the voice of love, we hear him tell the disciples that they already have enough faith to do whatever is required of them. We hear Jesus tell us that we already have enough faith to do whatever is required of us.

And people of faith do move mountains, they do change the landscape. I think of Elizabeth Fry and prison reform, of Dr Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement in the USA, and I also think of my Sunday school teacher way back when, Mrs Wowra, who was a lollipop lady and who is more than a little responsible for me standing here now. You I’m sure will think of others. People of faith at All Hallows’ have changed and are changing the landscape.

Interestingly Luke in his gospel portrays faith not so much as possession, something you have, but as a disposition, part of a person’s character or nature, something you are. For Luke faith leads to faithful behaviour, and so the disciples in effect ask Jesus to “make us faithful people”

This leads us to the parable of the slave and slave-owner in verses 7 to 10 of our reading, which is difficult for us to hear and learn from today.

We recognise slavery rightly as a great evil and a blight on the world. Jesus is not approving of slavery by saying this parable, he is not saying that God is a slave-owner and that we are God’s slaves, but he is using a well-known reality of village life in his time to teach us something about faithfulness.

A small landowner or farmer would have one slave to do all the various indoor and outdoor work. The slave who is simply completing his or her work does not by doing so place the master under any obligation to reward the slave in some way. In the culture of the time this was important because to thank someone, for example for the master to thank the slave, would not simply be polite but would place the master in debt to the slave.

The point that Jesus is making is that in living faithfully, in living lives obedient to God, his disciples, including us, should not expect a reward or honours, should not have a sense of entitlement.

To live faithfully is to recognise that remembering those in need with justice and compassion, and forgiving those who have done wrong, actively working for their restoration into the community of God’s family is the ordinary everyday stuff of being a disciple of Jesus, of being a Christian. It is not extraordinary work; we are not extraordinary people in doing that work. But we are loved, each one of us, by an amazing, extraordinary God, who loves us because God sees each one of us as extraordinary and lovable.

I love the healing miracles of Jesus, when we see the kingdom of God breaking into our fallen and needy world and we get a glimpse of heaven, of a time when there will be no more tears or pain or discrimination, and the healing of the ten lepers is a cracking miracle, but as Luke writes it the healing is almost incidental to the story of the gratitude of the one who was healed and returned to Jesus.

In Jesus’ day the term leprosy would have been used of any number of skin diseases as well as of the disease we know as leprosy today. People with leprosy were marginalised, separated from family and friends and unable to worship at the temple as they were considered unclean and impure. The ten men kept their distance from Jesus, demonstrating the isolation demanded of them, and called out to him for mercy, for healing, for salvation.

By sending the men to the priests Jesus was ensuring that they would be accepted back into their families and into the worshipping community, thus fully integrated into religious and everyday society. All ten were healed but only one returned to thank Jesus, the one who, as a Samaritan, was doubly marginalised. Jesus sends him on his way saying, “Your faith has made you well.”

In the way he writes this healing miracle Luke challenges us, for what can we do but approve of the action of the sole healed leper who returns to show gratitude for his healing, who behaves as a truly faithful person and who prostrates himself before Jesus as one would before God. Then in a surprise development Luke tells us that the one who returned was a Samaritan, a foreigner, an outsider, despised, not one of us.

Physical ancestry, nationality, genealogy and religious purity meant a lot in Jesus day. There are plenty of people concerned with them today. We humans seem to find it quite easy to point out what we think makes us different, what we think makes someone ‘other’, inferior, less-deserving.

When it comes to God’s healing love, to salvation, our so-called differences matter nothing. God loves us because God loves us because God loves us. God also loves the person who lives next door who we find difficult to like for whatever reason.

We have done nothing to deserve God’s love, we can do nothing to repay God for that love, but we can live faithfully and with gratitude.

We can say thank you to the one who gives us life and holds us in loving hands, who created this beautiful world and the dear people and animals who enrich our lives, and whose love was made manifest in our saviour Jesus Christ. And we can endeavour to love and forgive others as God loves and forgives us.

Amen.

 

This Week 17th – 23rd September

Mon 17 Sep @11-3 Rainbow Junktion Cafe
Tue 18 Sep @7:30-9pm Bible Study at church (07930 815911 for further info)
Wed 19 Sep @12-2pm OWLS lunch
Thu 20 Sep @11-3 Rainbow Junktion Cafe
Fri 21 Sep @11-3 Rainbow Junktion Cafe
Fri 21 September @ 2pm All Hallows Café’s 4th-and-20th birthday party!
Sat 22 September @ 7pm ‘Bread is Gold’ Bistro at Rainbow Junktion – booking required
Sun 23 Sep @10.30am Sunday morning worship
See our calendar for more details of what is happening at All Hallows’

Sunday 16th September 2018

This coming Sunday is the third Sunday of Creationtide, a time for especially celebrating God’s Creation and thinking about how we look after it.

We will be welcoming Angela Birkin to our morning meeting at 10:30am and she will be sharing her thoughts on Luke 17:1-19

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?”

In the afternoon Leeds Urban Harvest will be demonstrating how to efficiently and safely make juice from apples – please register if you are interested in going – and in the evening Live At All Hallows will be welcoming the amazing  Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

This Week 10th – 16th September

Mon 10 Sep @11-3 Rainbow Junktion Cafe
Tue 11 Sep @7:30-9pm Bible Study at church (07930 815911 for further info)
Wed 12 Sep @12-2pm OWLS lunch
Wed 12 Sep @5-9pm Leeds Urban Harvest rescuing unwanted and surplus urban fruit – volunteers welcome
Thu 13 Sep @11-3 Rainbow Junktion Cafe
Fri 14 Sep @11-3 Rainbow Junktion Cafe
Sun 16 Sep @10.30am Sunday morning worship
Sun 16 Sep @ 1-4pm Leeds Urban Harvest – learn how to efficiently and safely make juice from apples – Please register!
Sun 16 Sep @ 7:45-11pm Live at All Hallows presents Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith
See our calendar for more details of what is happening at All Hallows’

Live At All Hallows presents Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith are one of the finest duos to have emerged onto the British folk and acoustic scene in recent years. Their unique ability to make old songs seem relevant and new songs sound ancient has brought them widespread critical acclaim.

Live At All Hallows are proud to be able to welcome Jimmy and Sid on Sunday 16th September – you can find out more on Facebook and book your tickets on Eventbrite or on the door. They will be supported by their good friend Behla Hutchinson

Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

‘This is a well-judged collection that feels very timely in its preoccupation with the working poor, and of economic and ecological instability. Observations about modern life blend seamlessly with traditional material, delivered with rare poise and delicate musicianship. What particularly stands out on all the self-penned numbers is the duo’s ability to treat contemporary subject matter effectively in folk music.’ ★★★★ Songlines

Sunday 9th September 2018

This Sunday is the second Sunday in the season of Creation when we particularly focus on how we look after the world in which we live. We will be welcoming the Rev. Tom Lusty from St Chad’s who will be sharing his thoughts on Luke 16:19-31 , Heston will be leading the service at St Michael’s.

This Week 3rd – 9th September 2018

Mon 3 Sep @11-3 Rainbow Junktion Cafe
Tue 4 Sep @7:30-9pm Bible Study at church (07930 815911 for further info)
Wed 5 Sep @12-2pm OWLS lunch
Thu 6 Sep @11-3 Rainbow Junktion Cafe
Fri 7 Sep @11-3 Rainbow Junktion Cafe
Sun 8 Sep @10.30am Sunday morning worship
See our calendar for more details of what is happening at All Hallows’