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Less Than Cooperative

My local Cooperative supermarket has a new cash machine. It's not much better than the old one. It still doesn't accidentally pay out lots more money than you ask for, which is an improvement I would have certainly insisted on if I was in charge. In fact, all that has really changed is that there are now more choices concerning what service you want, but they've even managed to make that less efficient than it was.

For example, three of the choices are "Cash Only" "Balance On Screen" and "Balance On Screen Plus Cash." Pretty straightforward you might think. Even a complete technophobe could work out which button to press. The Cooperative obviously doesn't think so. They must think their customers are cretins of the highest order because if you ask for Cash Only, instead of a page asking how much money you want, you get a page that asks you if you want to see your balance on screen. THIS IS EVEN THOUGH THERE IS THE OPTION FOR BALANCE AND CASH ON THE FIRST PAGE!!!

You know, money transactions were a lot quicker and a lot more efficient back in the old days when we didn't have all this technology that's supposed to make our lives somehow better and I wasn't half as stressed out as I am nowadays.

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Holy Communion For The Day Of Pentecost

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We are one in the Spirit. We are one in the Lord. We are one in holy communion with each other and with God the Father, through his son, Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

At Saint Laika’s everyone is invited to receive communion and be in communion. There are no exceptions.

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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Father Jonathan’s Big Ask – The Story So Far

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It's only Day Three of this Summer's fundraising campaign but our little canine cosmonaut has left the launch pad and is breaking out of the earth's atmosphere and into outer space. Or, to put it less eloquently but more understandably, thanks to MARY, ELLIE, DAVID, KENNETH, SUSAN AND TIM the amount raised so far is an admirable £102.00. If we achieve this every couple of days between now and my birthday on the twentieth of June we are going to achieve our goal and much more. Therefore, if you have not done so already, please, out of your charity, send a bit of your hard earned cash my way.

You can find out all about the campaign by CLICKING HERE but, basically, the BIG ASK in the title of this post is that you consider helping to keep the Saint Laika's ministry out there in the big, wide world of the internet by making a donation via the PayPal widget below. You do not need your own PayPal account to do this; just click on the donate button and follow the instructions. I will keep everyone informed of how the appeal is going with the help of the brazenly stolen graphic above. The more cash that comes my way the higher the little space dog will ascend up the madpriestometer. Go on - send her to the moon!




Father Jonathan’s Big Ask 2015

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From Father Jonathan (aka MadPriest):

This year, yet again, my birthday falls on the twentieth of June and, yet again I am taking advantage of this convenient, half way through the year, date to run the second of my annual big fundraising events, the other fundraiser being just before Christmas every year. The success of these two major fundraisers in the Saint Laika calendar is absolutely necessary. Quite honestly, with a regular monthly income of just five hundred pounds, I would sink below the waters of destitution if my friends and supporters did not dig deep in their pockets twice a year. I need this extra money to keep the website and podcasts up and running as well as needing the extra money to keep me up and running as well. The Christmas appeal monies go mostly towards the administration costs of Saint Laika's and any new technical stuff I need, as well as the purchase of some much needed new clothing for myself in the January Sales. The Midsummer appeal also goes towards Saint Laika's but on top of that I use the money raised to pay for my annual vacation, a camping holiday in the UK. This year, I also need to pay off the no interest loan that paid for my new (secondhand) camera that I purchased earlier in the year and which I use, primarily, to take photographs for the OCICBW... blog.

Saint Laika's does not, and will never, charge people to listen to or download the services posted on its website. Unfortunately, it does cost money to keep Saint Laika's open to the public. The website host, the company that hosts the audio and video files, the software providers who provide all the add-ons that keep the whole experience running seamlessly, they all need paying every month. The music has to be paid for as must the royalties on the music. Then, on top of all this, the administrator of this site, yours truly, who cobbles together all the podcasts and the vast majority of the posts at Saint Laika's, receives no salary from any church or any other employer. In fact, my ministry consists entirely of my work on the Internet, a vocation that I have been pioneering for the passed nine plus years. As I refuse to charge people to access the website I rely entirely on my friends and supporters to keep me reasonably solvent, fed and clothed.

The BIG ASK in the title of this post is that you consider helping to keep the Saint Laika's ministry out there in the big, wide world of the internet by making a donation via the PayPal widget below. You do not need your own PayPal account to do this; just click on the donate button and follow the instructions. I will keep everyone informed of how the appeal is going with the help of the cheeky graphic above. The more cash that comes my way the higher the little space dog will ascend up the madpriestometer. Go on - send her to the moon!




The Prince And The Pharisee

An Ulster bakery has been found guilty of discrimination after they refused to make a cake for a same gender wedding. On the same day Prince Charles publicly shakes hands with the man who probably ordered the murder of the prince's godfather and favourite uncle. A tale of two Christianities?

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