Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: At the Dock on the Nomadic

Wes Ellis CraneThis week for his ecumenical tithing Fr Martin Magill returned to the Dock Church’s monthly service on the Nomadic in the Titanic Quarter. There was news about the Lord Mayor’s peace vigil tomorrow at Belfast City Hall, as well as reflections from guests Rev Wes Ellis and Jeremey Kinnen, who use their creative talents in photography and music to deepen their own and others’ faith journeys.

Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: Monthly Service on the Nomadic

As it was the first Sunday of the month, it was back to the Nomadic and the monthly Dock service. The theme for this month was colour and creativity.  Rev Chris Bennett gave an overview of the service, most of which would take place on the Nomadic. Afterwards there would be time for personal reflection in the café looking at the art work on display.

Chris drew our attention to the fact that the Dock Cafe was now number 1 in the restaurants of Belfast on Trip Adviser, for which he gave thanks to God.  He also mentioned there would be further developments in the cafe.

We then had an announcement about an invitation to all the citizens of Belfast from the Lord Mayor to come to a peace vigil in the grounds of Belfast City Hall at 7pm on Wednesday 6th August to show solidarity with all the suffering of the world. This comes from her blog:

“Looking ahead to next week, I will be making preparations for the Peace Vigil scheduled to take place in the grounds of City Hall at 7pm on Wednesday night (6 August). This vigil will be led by my Chaplains reflecting the range of faiths across Belfast, and is my way of providing the opportunity and space for the people of Belfast to unite in an inclusive, compassionate and humanitarian appeal and pray for peace across the Middle East and the world”.

Chris then shared with us about a recent visit to the White Swan Hotel, in Alnwick, Northumberland, England to view the dining room of the RMS Olympic.

After that we sang a number of hymns before it was the turn of Rev Wes Ellis to take the floor.

Wes began by sharing with us his long term interest in photography and how he believed God was able to use his gifts. In a powerful and moving way, he shared about difficult times in his life –and by showing a variety of photographs he was able to show how God’s hand had been at work in his life. He told us that all his photographs mean something to him and he brought out the significance of these. He also shared that he sometimes puts a line or verse from scripture and he shared a few verses from Habbukuk 3 to illustrate his point:

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour”.

He showed us a particularly eye catching photograph of a mountain and quoted from  Ps 121 “I lift up my eyes to the mountains, from where shall come my help”. In short, he wove part of his story around different photographs. To anyone reading this, if you become aware of Wes repeating this exercise, please go, he has a powerful message.

It was then my turn to interview Jeremy Kinnen, who has been involved with the Dock from the start.

Jeremy in a very personal and honest way shared about his musical interests and gifts, about his faith story and how God used his talent. He told us about his desire to deepen in faith. We finished by Jeremy talking to us about his choice of hymns for the service.

We sang the final hymns and Chris invited us to the Dock Café for a time of reflection and then refreshments.

One of the other highlights of the service was the presence of a number of young people. One young person from my parish came to the last service with his girlfriend. This time they returned along with four other young people.

(Photo of the Harland and Wolff cranes in the Titanic Quarter by Rev Wes Ellis)



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