Small Church May 21

Conversation Guide for February 12, 2023

You have a couple of options from which to choose for this Sunday’s converation.

  1. You can listen to the music/meditation and scripture reading from Pray as You Go for May 21 (audio below).
  • How do you respond in terms of quiet and rest to the music?
  • What stands out to you from the scripture reading?
  1. Alternatively, you could consider the teaching material from last Sunday at All Church.
    The scripture referred to was Acts 16:1-10.
    There are two main concepts to consider from this passage:
  • Timothy has a Jewish mother and a Gentile father. We outlined that the early church, guided by the Holy Spirit, reached beyond boundaries and lines and moved towards the other in life and faith.
  • Paul and the followers of Jesus, in the second half of the passage, take a largely unplanned route in their work of witness to the gospel. We outlined the idea that it is an invitation and a comfort that the major thing required in our vocation as witness to the hope in Jesus is that we are open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
    • Was discipleship in your upbringing and understanding a story of separation, of moving away from things or people? If so, how? If it wasn’t, how did you experience discipleship differently?


    • What does it mean to you to hear that our witness to the gospel is a story not of separation, but of solidarity? That is, our living out of faith in the world should be guided more by moving towards others than away from them, more by an awareness of what we have in common than how we differ?


    • How is the movement of solidarity a reflection of the incarnation?


    • Can you think of contemporary examples of the separation ethos and the solidarity ethos?



Pray As You Go

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

‘Veni Creator Spiritus’

Come, Creator Spirit.

Veni Creator Spiritus
Mentes tuorum visita
Imple superna gratia
Quae tu creasti pectora
Qui diceris Paraclitus
Donum Dei altissimi
Fons vivus ignis caritas
Et spiritalis unctio
Tu septiformis munere
Dextrae Dei tu digitus
Tu rite promissum Patris
Sermone ditans guttura
Accende lumen sensibus
Infunde amorem cordibus
Infirma nostri corporis
Virtute firmans perpeti
Hostem repellas longius
Pacemque dones protinus
Ductore sic te praevio
Vitemus omne noxium
Per te sciamus da Patrem
Noscamus atque Filium
Te utriusque Spiritum
Credamus omni tempore


Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come
from thy bright heav’nly throne;
come, take possession of our souls,
and make them all thine own.
Thou who art called the Paraclete,
best gift of God above,
the living spring, the living fire,
sweet unction and true love.
Thou who art sevenfold in thy grace,
finger of God’s right hand;
his promise, teaching little ones
to speak and understand.
O guide our minds with thy blest light,
with love our hearts inflame;
and with thy strength, which ne’er decays,
confirm our mortal frame.
Far from us drive our deadly foe;
true peace unto us bring;
and through all perils lead us safe
beneath thy sacred wing.
Through thee may we the Father know,
through thee th’eternal Son,
and thee the Spirit of them both,
thrice-blessed three in One.