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Facebook Decides Holy Communion Is Profane And Vulgar

Each week I spend a small amount of my own money boosting the holy communion service on Facebook. This week the advert was declined by Facebook. This is what they said:

“Your ad wasn’t approved because it doesn’t follow Facebook’s Advertising Guidelines for language that is profane, vulgar, threatening or generates high negative feedback. Ads can’t use language that insults, harasses or demeans people, or addresses their age, gender, name, race, physical condition or sexual preference.”

I think there must be somebody in the Facebook team who is actively anti-religion.

UPDATE:

I think I’ve worked out why Facebook refused to boost my holy communion post today. It’s because I said that the Lord is with all of us. I bet they decided that this meant that I was assuming that everybody who reads my post is a Christian which is against their rules.

From Facebook terms and conditions:

Religion or philosophical belief:

Acceptable: “Date Christian Singles” “Plenty of Christians” “Want to date a Christian?” (These describe the service, not the person)

Unacceptable: “Are you Christian?” “Meet other Christians” (These assert or imply that the person is Christian)

I am too stupid to understand what difference the difference makes. Perhaps the better educated among my friends will work out why a Christian wanting to shag another Christian is more offensive than a non-Christian wanting to shag a Christian. Me? I think we should all shag more and kill less, regardless of race, creed or favourite rock band.

Advent Appeal Looks Set To Fail

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Oh dear. Its Advent 4 tomorrow and the Saint Laika Advent Appeal for 2014 is still quite a bit short of the target of £750.00 we set ourselves.

Not that people have been ungenerous. Far from it. Thanks to those saints of the internet tubes, Donna, Carol, James. Margaret, Sara, Mark, Noel, Susan, Andy, Christopher, Richard, Kathleen, Michael, Kenny, Randy, Bindy, David, Michelle and Mary Beth, we do have a magnificent…

£465.00

… in the appeal coffers.

However, another £300.00 would really set me up just right for the new year. If you are able to help achieve this I would be extremely grateful if you could do so before this coming Wednesday when the appeal closes.

Here’s the blurb:

Yes. It’s that time of year again when I really do have to appeal to the generosity of my online friends. As you probably already know, Saint Laika’s is my only ministry and my only source of income. Friends, who have stuck with me through thick and thin, regularly donate about £500 per month which just about keeps my head above water. Unfortunately, it does not cover the little extras in life. The biggest little extra of the year, as far as I am concerned, is Christmas; not just because of the festivity itself but also because most of the annual running costs of Saint Laika’s fall due about now. I also try to use the January Sales to buy a few clothes to keep me going for the rest of the year.

So, every year at about this time I launch an appeal to specifically cover these costs and, every year, the response of my friends and supporters is magnificent. I am really hoping and praying that this year will be no different as, at this moment in time, I have just £8.00 to my name and my bank is turning down requests for payment of bills.

My target for this year is £750.

If you would like to help me achieve this and, in doing so, keep Saint Laika’s and its resident internet priest (that’s me) afloat, please make your donation by clicking on the PayPal widget. You do not need to have your own PayPal account in order to send money.




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Holy Communion For The Fourth Sunday Of Advent

advent wreathDo not be afraid. The Lord is with us. All of us. As we eat bread and drink wine together we are in communion with each other and we are in communion with God through his son, Jesus Christ, who was conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the young woman, Mary.

At Saint Laika’s everyone is invited to receive communion and be in communion. There are no exceptions. If you have been pushed out of a church in the past or if you do not feel part of the institutional churches, for whatever reason, you are especially welcome here, and you will be among people who know exactly how you feel.

If you want to physically partake of communion you will require a small piece of bread and a small amount of drink (preferably made from grapes and containing alcohol). How you view the nature of this part of the service is completely up to you.

Click on the arrow on the far lefthand side of the sound bar to listen to the service now or CLICK HERE to download the podcast so that you can listen to it later at your own convenience.

Alternatively CLICK HERE to access the podcast via iTunes.

Join in with us as we worship God by CLICKING HERE for the order of service, credits and details of the music featured. The words in bold type are the ones we say together.

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The Luck Of The Scots

Those jammy Scotts! It’s as if 55% of them knew that the North Sea oil industry was going to collapse three months after the independence vote. As it is, now they’ve got all the power and extra money per head of population that they could possibly want as well as still having the rest of us to bail them out (again) when the oil stops flowing (in about 3 months would be my guess). You have to hand it to the canny buggers they played us well.

Ooh-Bi-Doo, I Wan’na Be Like you

I can’t help thinking that we would have gotten a lot closer to the Kingdom of God if we had just abolished the office of bishop altogether so that no Church of England Christian has the opportunity to ruin another Church of England Christian’s life. I shall not be celebrating this momentous occasion on which a woman finally gets to lord it over those who are not “preferred.”

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