Monday, 3 August 2020

Agape outdoor service on the 2nd August.

St Mabyn church was pleased to offer an Agape outdoor service last Sunday on the 2nd August.

An Agape Feast has a long history in our Christian faith. They are mentioned both in Paul’s letters and in the Letter of Jude in the New Testament. Many churches have been using this style of service (particularly over Zoom during Lockdown) as it's an informal meal of love during which bread and wine are shared as symbols of fellowship with God and with one another.

Comments were very positive by those who attended. What a beautiful service!! It was so thoughtfully and professionally taken by Jenny Coltart and the rain held off for us! It was lovely to have Robin Thwaites, our new curate to the Benefice, there to read the Gospel, and to add his cheerful, sincere and very approachable presence. We are so fortunate.

The reflection on the feeding of the five thousand was one we had never heard before - and was fascinating: the generosity of the young boy with his 'lunchbox' being an example to so many others who had also got their lunch, but were keeping it hidden, was such an interesting thought.

Jan Fisher led the Intercessions, very lovely prayers, so apt and inclusive, and thoughtful. Lay Reader, Peter Coster reminded us in his Thought for the Day - last Sunday was Lammas Day - how appropriate was that service in every way!

Thank you very much to Jenny, for also creating a sacred atmosphere with the little table set with pretty flowers on a white cloth, and the praying hands. Thank you David Coltart, Tower Captain for the ringing of the bell to concentrate the mind - a welcome sound after months of silence.

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