Saltaire - Believe in Shipley

Friday 23 September - Wednesday 03 October

Praise and hope  - Spirit already at work

Praise and hope - Spirit already at work

These people are those in Shipley, Saltaire, and the wider communities of west Bradford. We were told that the Spirit was already making a difference, with people telling of those who had been moved to link with churches since just before the mission began. The shocking streams of yellow are this Spirit movement - to me, yellow is always the presence of God.

Praise and hope - Still speaking

Praise and hope - Still speaking

We heard that the clergy of Shipley “are still talking to each other”, having been Spirit filled to keep working together. Another child collects Spirit life and offers it. The red, again, shows how the Spirit moves through people.

Victoria Hall  - Cease trying

Victoria Hall - Cease trying

We were told how often, rather than allowing ourselves to be simply loved, we allow ourselves to be burdened. Others speak ill of us, others pull us down, and we make our own burdens. We were encouraged to let go. We were encouraged to consider letting the Spirit fill us.

Victoria Hall - healng prayer

Victoria Hall - healng prayer

At this point in the service, the Archbishop asked people to come forward for prayers and for local leaders to offer ministry. Many received such ministry and this shows the personal gatherings of those prayers. The yellow green streams are to me, the colour of God’s light (yellow) and new life (green).

Victoria Hall - remember you are loved

Victoria Hall - remember you are loved

Asked how to be a hopeful person in the face of difficulties, the Archbishop reminded us all to stop and simply know that we are loved. The dark colours are the difficulties, the swirl of red, the Spirit in our hearts we can know when we listen. Asked how God allows violence and injustice, such as seen in Syria, the Archbishop reminded us that every human is a responsible being. God doesn’t bring destruction, it is that we human beings are not acting in the love we have been called to live.



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