Picture the situation. You’ve been given a piece of paper containing the address of a website thats been recommended to you, you sit down at the computer, you type it into your web browser, and theres something wrong with the address you’ve typed in. If something like this happened you may well see something like “Error 404, Page Not Found” come up on your screen.
Well, there are other Error Numbers but what if they applied to The C of E Church, and not web pages?
Kneewax has asked exactly this question, and compiled a list of “status codes” if they related to the C of E Church:
400 Bad Request
No. You cannot ask God to smite Mrs Miggins.
Similar to 403 Forbidden, but specifically for use when authentication is required and has failed or has not yet been provided. The Archdeacon has not got back to you and you can’t be licensed.
402 Payment Required
Reserved for future use.
The collection has been a bit short recently. No one can leave the service until they’ve given some (gift-aided) donations
The Wardens have taken your Church keys away. Unlike a 401 Unauthorized response, authenticating will make no difference.
404 Not Found
The requested resource could not be found but may be available again in the future. The vicar is unavailable. It is not possible to leave a message on their voice-mail.
405 Method Not Allowed
That is not how we celebrate the Communion in this tradition.
406 Not Acceptable
This parish has passed resolution A&B (please provide proof of Y Chromosome before continuing).
407 Proxy Authentication Required
The parish is under the authority of the Bishop of Ebbsfleet.
408 Request Timeout
The server didn’t turn up to help with communion
You shouldn’t have tried to remove the pews
You succeeded in removing the pews
Read more over at kneewax.wordpress.com.
I seem to be spending a lot of time packing at the moment, I guess its what you do when you up sticks and move from your cosy flat.
As well as packing and unpacking, theres going to be other things going on like unpacking, learning how to mow a lawn, working out what is just “stuff”, and trying to sort out an internet connection. So I guess things are going to be a little quiet around here for a bit whilst we get things sorted.
The Sofa will be coming back, it may come back with a new look, and new things. It might not. But feel free to drop me a line with any ideas of things you may like to see around here.
In the meantime, feel free to track down my “other” twitter account and say hi!
(Image taken from “We All Change”)
Do you struggle finding Jesus when darkness is all around?
Then check out the Glow In The Dark Jesus on The Cross.
There for the times when you cant find the light switch!
Imagine you’re sat there in Church, and you’re wondering “Wouldn’t it be funny if a particular situation happened”. Obviously you dont do anything about it, because isn’t it a bit naughty to make trouble in Church? What if there was a biblical basis for the trouble you are creating? If you are in a trouble making mood then check out our following list:
- Swap your church bibles for something a bit more Greek.
- Non alcoholic communion wine? Swap it for something with a bit more kick!*
- Bring take out to every communion service… if anyone complains point out that Jesus had communion after a meal.
- Someone being baptized? Throw them into a river.**
- Encourage everyone looking for a job / training to go into carpentry.
- Having a bring and share meal at Church? Bring some locusts…
- Ask the preacher to tell you a story.
- Are you preaching? Arrive to church dressed in Whale vomit, see what happens.
- Before any church meals, demand the minister washes everyones feet.
- Organising the next church lunch? Arrange for everyone to only bring milk, or honey.
*You may want to make sure no one has issues with alcohol in your church first.
** Offer life jackets if they can’t swim.
Obviously the sofa takes no responsibility for anything you do as a result of reading this. Ever.
Any one got other ideas?
The telegraph report into the question of When is a table not a table”:
For many Christians, the altar is the most sacred part of any church.
Covered with a white cloth, it is the holy place where worshippers kneel to receive Communion and feel closer to God. However instead of the body and blood of Christ, one church group has applied to use their blessed altar to serve tea, biscuits and orange squash. Worshippers at the St Michael and All Angels Church in Uffington, Lincolnshire, wanted their oak altar to double up as a place to “serve refreshments”.
But Mark Bishop, chancellor for Lincoln, and a judge of the Church of England’s Consistory Court, decided the altar could only be used for worship, not to serve snacks. Ruling that “an interchangeable use for the altar” was certainly not acceptable, he said a “decent table of wood, stone or other suitable material” should be provided in every church or chapel for celebration of Holy Communion.
He added: “The table, as becomes the table of Lord, shall be kept in a sufficient and seemly manner, and from time to time repaired, and shall be covered in the time of Divine Service with a covering of silk or other decent stuff, and with a fair white linen cloth at the time of the celebration of the Holy Communion.
“It would be completely inappropriate for an altar to be used occasionally for the celebration of Holy Communion, but more frequently ‘for the service of refreshments’.
“The obligation of the Churchwardens is to ensure that the Lord’s Table is kept in a ‘sufficient and seemly manner’ and I am quite satisfied that what is proposed does not amount to that.”
Read the article over at The Telegraph.
If you are on the look our for tables to use in church, I would suggest checking out amazon.co.uk