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Here I am away again

The reason for the silence is that I am now on study leave, and have been struggling to get everything doen that needed to get doen before I left. I am currently in England at the International Centre for Franciscan Studies in Canterbury. My timetable for the next 9 weeks looks soemthing like this: Week One Wednesday August 24 Fly to London Friday August 26 – September 4 Attend the Inter Provincial Third Order Chapter of the Society of Saint Francis. I am one of three New Zealanders attending. Week Two Tuesday Sept 6 to Friday Sept 9 Fly from London Heathrow to Rome, and then train to Assisi with the two other New Zealanders. Saturday Sept 10 Train to Rome Stay overnight Week Three Sunday Sept 11 Fly Easy Jet from Rome to Geneva; and then catch the TGV to TaizĂ© in France Sunday Sept 11-18 in Taize Week Four Sunday Sept 18 return to Geneva Monday Sept 19 – Wed 21 In Geneva Wed Sept 21 Fly Easy Jet flight To Belfast Week Five Thursday Sept 22 – Sunday Oct 2 In North

Excellent Bite Simon

I am not sure about your assumptions. In fact I think some of them are wrong (if I may be so bold). The early church, especially the church that came out of Judaism would have had liturgy. Even the gentile church did. Some of that can be found in the New Testament. And they did have scripture - the first or old testament. But, I don’t want to get hung up on the liturgy thing. I think when done well liturgy offers us an entry point into a whole different way of being and of seeing the world. It allows us to breathe scripture, and to connect in a quite deep way with how Christians have met and worshiped for 2000 years. I think that that is profound and very life changing. It invites simple heart felt worship But I am not wanting liturgy as we have always done it at all costs. I think what the early church did was to read the scripture as they had it, and as it developed (with Paul’s letters, other letters, and then the beginnings of the gospels) they also told stories, and used some o