Liverpool Nativity

Arrived home just in time for the Liverpool Nativity at 8pm last night on BBC3, (if you missed it it is on again next sunday on BBC1) Easter 2006 saw the Manchester Passion denounced as blasphemous, yet probably did more than any other easter story-telling to interest people in that story. So was the Liverpool Nativity the same? Well, no, although I didn’t think the Manchester Passion was blasphemous, so who am I to judge. It seems, (from a quick glance at papers) that the nativity of our Lord once again was one of humility and desperate poverty, marked only by the devastating honesty of the performance and singing crowds. It will be marked as one of the great moments of biblical story telling i’m sure, but no denouncing crowds, except for the usual suspects we come to expect from the secularists. Is the nativity one of those stories so deeply woven into our being that it marks us? Any re-telling of it leaving us nodding in agreement then getting on with life?

No doubt about it though, it was good, real and honestly portrayed, with quite a political edge which may, if it sinks in, rock the boats of those in power. One baby, one life and a whole new world!

Juggling

Good practice for ordination I guess.
Got back from Iona, one day of family stuff, end of term service to do music for and a few hours later in a car racing off to Liverpool to be involved with Holy Week at St. Anne’s Stanley. It was a fascinating look into parish life during a major festival and the four of us who went had an amazing time. Stanley and stoneycroft, the two parishes served by the clergy we were hosted by are on the edge of areas earmarked for regeneration.
We were slightly bemused that one of the main objectives, ready for Liverpool’s year as capital of culture, is to replace all the kerbstones from grey, to grey with shiny bits! Our week was shaped by the Holy Week services, including visiting Liverpool Cathedral for Evensong and the Chrism Mass, we also had time to catch up with friends and even (for two of us) a quick trip on the Mersey Ferry! One less thing to do before I depart.
What struck us the most from the ferry – not so obvious from the ground – was the major work going on in Liverpool ahead of the year as capital of culture.
I understand that there is a saying in Liverpool that is always true, ‘we’re on the way up’ but never seeming to get there!