Sunday, 1 June 2014
Some people remain chatting after this morning's service.
The cloak represents that the hem of Jesus' cloak which a long-term sick women touched and then received healing. Pinned to it are prayers provided by members of the congregation about long-term situations - praying for things like those waiting for news of the Malaysian aeroplane and of the kidnapped girls in Nigeria, a long-term undiagnosed illness and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The banner represents the whirlwind which took Elijah to heaven (when his cloak fell back and was picked up by Elisha). Written into it is 'leave us not comfortless' which is part of the prayer for this Sunday which falls between the feast of Jesus' being taken into heaven and the feast of the giving of the Holy Spirit.