Myn Lyking

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We are not in the same boat

This is just one version of a poem, unattributed, which circulated in the spring of 2020.

I heard that we are in the same boat.
But it’s not that.
We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat.
Your ship can be shipwrecked and mine might not be.
Or vice versa.
For some, quarantine in optimal: a moment of reflection, or reconnection.
Easy, in flip flops, with a whiskey or tea.
For others, this is a desperate crisis.
For others, it is facing loneliness.
For some, peace, rest time, vacation.
Yet for others, Torture: How am I going to pay my bills?
Some were concerned about a brand of chocolate for Easter (this year there were no rich chocolates).
Others were concerned about the bread for the weekend, or if the noodles would last for a few more days.
Some were in their “home office”.
Others are looking through trash to survive.
Some want to go back to work because they are running out of money.
Others want to kill those who break the quarantine.
Some need to break the quarantine to stand in line at the banks.
Others to escape.
Others criticize the government for the lines.
Some have experienced the near-death of the virus, some have already lost someone from it, and some believe they are infallible and will be blown away if or when this hits someone they know.
Some have faith in God and expect miracles during 2020. Others say the worse is yet to come. So, friends, we are not in the same boat.
We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different. And each one will emerge, in his own way, from that storm.
It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, more than looking, seeing.
See beyond the political party, beyond biases, beyond the nose on your face. Do not judge the good life of the other, do not condemn the bad life of the other.
Don’t be a judge.
Let us not judge the one who lacks, as well as the one who exceeds him. We are on different ships looking to survive.
Let everyone navigate their route with respect, empathy and responsibility.

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Letter to the Church on the Hill

Here you can access our mid-week group material. It accompanies our current sermon series so choose the week corresponding to the most recent Sunday. Download to print off or browse when at your group meeting. The original letter is also available on this site.

2012–13 Week beginning…

Mat’s letter to the Church

The letter.

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Brunel Manor Weekend Away—Sunday

A Funny Thing Happened on the way to Easter
Mat & Emma Ineson on Laughter, Happiness & Joy.

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Emma showed six video clips in this session. The two favourite TV clips were from “One Foot in the Grave” and “Only Fools and Horses.” The third clip from “Rev” has the sound left on the recording as it is clear without the visuals. The fourth was an advert and the fifth was of babies laughing. The sixth was an extract from a Tim Hawkins performance.

Mat played a clip of World Cup Rugby.

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