Which member of the congregation had their hair cut by Vidal Sassoon? And who has sung in (Scottish) Gaelic in a Choir? Do you think there might be a secret, highly experienced, Railway Signalling Engineer in our midst? Could someone have danced with Martin Shaw?
Well, I now know who they are, but my lips are sealed! I can see each of those people differently. It was a great idea to share something unusual about ourselves in a homely environment, and to receive a gift of openness from others. It does deepen the love that is already established. A means of grace – a sacrament.
It is how Jesus engages with us, you know. He allows us to become at home, open up, and in doing so welcome in more of his love, understand more of who he is, historically and presently.
It is a constant thread through scripture, from Abraham becoming God’s friend, to the psalms (or James) inviting us to draw near to God with the promise that he will draw near to you, to Jesus invitation to come unto him, and his blunt indictment of those who would not move towards him to discover, but remained at ams length discussing their doubts.
Come, Give, Receive.