Who would live in a church like this?


We had a fine time on Sunday night, with the Archdeacon and the trustees of the Cloudsley trust visiting, loads of people and Sam going all Justin on us (I wanna try somethin’ right now. See they don’t do this anymore…).

Love this picture. The waving thing was intended as a homage to the classic COTC picture, but it came out the best by far. I particularly like Sarah Perrin’s messianic pose at the centre of the picture. Actually she does look a bit like Jesus…

Anyway – some of the bits from the service below:

Lyles Sermon is on the resources page, and you can also download worship from the evening.

‘O the deep deep love of Jesus’

The video “Until the Spirit is poured out…”


And that prayer.

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
with the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Sir Francis Drake

7 thoughts on “Who would live in a church like this?

  1. what, a lovely photo. least i got in the ‘classic’…does that make me retro?!

    i see we will all have to be spending a lot more time in the Crown from now on. Who said tithing wasn’t fun???

  2. It was the sermon that I was particularly thinking of, but no harm in putting the worship up on iTunes too – separately though perhaps, so we can go straight to the main course if we so desire… give us a shout when it’s posted?

  3. Great photo! Looks fantastic. Thanks for putting that text on the site too mark (“disturb us etc”), was gonna try and track down that as it was moving for me. What a character that was too, nice to have a wiser elder with wit in da house…

  4. Oh and one other discovery I made last night. Kevin Streater (Chair of the Cloudsley Trustees) came with us to the Crown. And he dropped into the conversation that the Cloudsley Trust own it. They own the pub building and rent it out. Brilliant. So money spent in there is in part money towards developing churches in Islington…
    Not that we need an excuse.

  5. I think you make a better Jesus than me in so many ways Sarah! Yep we were recording last night. And what a night for it. Havent listened to the tape yet, but I will endeavor to get it posted on iTunes. Should we post the worship and/or the Sermon?

    Oh and my favourite verse from the passage.
    v8 A noble man plans noble deeds. And by noble deeds he stands.

  6. You can’t talk Rev Fletch! All we need is to get you some sandals…

    Thanks for posting all this and the vid. Any chance we can have the sermon too (had a tip off that it might have been recorded..)? Loved the service last night – er, have already had words with Mr Chaplin re the clap-fest 😉 – would be great to be able to share a bit of it with those who weren’t there (and to remind myself of those nuggets that my little head struggles to recall).

    Good work one and all – thank you.

    “[May] the Spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the desert become a fertile field, and the fertile field seem like a forest” (Isaiah 32, v 15)

    Let’s keep praying that we as church might be a part of turning the stonyfields of Islington into a fertile field for the Lord.

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