Visions in the Cloud – May 23

May 23, 2021

Pentecost is Now!

This Sunday we celebrate the fiery, windy festival of the Spirit.

After reading through the book of Acts, and those first stories of being church, we have circled back to the story of Pentecost, yet again. The Spirit is always on the move! We celebrate the Pentecost that is happening, NOW, today in our time and space.

Bring your Pentecost colours of red or orange to worship.

We will celebrate Communion.
Please prepare food for yourself: some bread and a cup of juice - perhaps grape or cranberry - or wine, with or without alcohol. We will bless the elements together with prayer and song.

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Visions in the Cloud – May 16

May 16, 2021

Charting the Course, Headwinds and Open Horizons

We are reaching the end of our journey through Acts. But first we hear the tale of a seafaring journey, a storm at sea, a shipwreck and the saving grace of kind hospitality. These stories of making church call us to imagine new directions and expanding possibilities for a still unfolding, not-yet-finished story of being church!

  • (Acts 27:39-44; 28:1-16, 30-31)

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Visions in the Cloud – May 09

May 09, 2021

Christian Family Sunday & Mother's Day

Letters From a Time of Pandemic to Visions' Family of Faith

What letters or messages of encouragement, gratitude, challenge might we offer to each other as 'church' during these days and months of pandemic isolation, restrictions and separation? We turn our attention to a part of Paul's story that is woven behind the scenes, stories and speeches, which fill the pages of the Book of Acts (Acts 23-26).

Paul wrote letters of encouragement to the early Christian communities he visited on his travels. This week some of Visions friends will share some messages with us. Apart, together, during this time of pandemic, we encourage one another in faith. We will also have a photo story from our 10th Anniversary celebration last week.

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Visions in the Cloud – May 02

May 02, 2021

Who's Sitting On Our Windowsills? The Story of Eutychus

Our theme series, Acts Now! Stories of Making Church Outside a Building, continues with this story about youth and is relevant to anyone who may be 'sitting on the margins'. How will we welcome all into our life of worship and prayer and be a place of radical belonging?

  • (Acts 20: 7-12)

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Visions in the Cloud – April 25

April 25, 2021

Making the Unknown God...Known...In New Ways

We live in a world that no longer 'speaks Christian'. How do we speak of our faith in ways that welcome stranger and neighbour in love and respect, while sharing the 'good news' of the Gospel of Jesus? This week we read the story of Paul's visit to Athens as he finds 'common ground' with people there.

  • You can find the story in Acts 17:16-34

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Visions in the Cloud – April 18

April 18, 2021

Turning the World (and the Church) Upside Down! 

The early followers of Jesus were accused of 'turning the world upside down' with their message of good news. In our day, too, the gospel values of peace, justice and God's radical love for all people can clash with our consumer culture's values.

How will we 'turn the world upside down' with the Love of God?

  • (Acts 17:1-15 and 19:21-41)

 

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Visions in the Cloud – Salt Lent

February 17, 2021

Ash Wednesday

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Visions in the Cloud – Feb 07

February 7, 2021

Acts Now! Stories of Making Church Outside a Building

This week we journey 'down by the river' and hear the story of an early church leader, Lydia. Her story teaches us about the gift of hospitality. How do we cross cultural, gender, religious and economic boundaries to welcome the wisdom and insight of others into our experience of faith? This was a question for the early church; this is an important question for us today in the 21st century.

This week's reading: Acts 16:6-15

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Visions in the Cloud – Jan 31

January 31, 2021

A Council Table: Conflict and Creativity - A Third Way with the Spirit!

Our stories in Acts have taken us from the festival of Pentecost, through busy city streets and temple porches, to country roadsides and river edges, to rooftop decks and table gatherings. This week, we will hear a story of 'making church outside a building' at a Church meeting! Yes, even here the Spirit can find a way to create a new understanding of community.
 
(This week's reading: Acts 15)

 

 

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