I have loved this hymn for the greater part of twenty years (eek!) and will be introducing it on Sunday morning, so if anyone who reads this stuff wants a heads up, have a watch/listen here...
After last week's rare quiet week, in which I had time to do some reading, reflecting and looking ahead, it's back to normal with a vengeance today!
It was lovely, on Sunday, simply to sit in church with no responsibilities... except that I felt hugely responsible for everyone present! I wanted the college staff and students to have a good experience of our church, and I wanted our church to have a good experience of the college. I guess I am protective of those I love, and when two of those come together, I am doubly concerned that it all goes well.
I think it did go well - feedback from both sides was positive - and it was good for me to be in a 'different place' on a Sunday morning. (I also enjoyed singing alto)
Today it's back to service prep - hymn-choosing, ideas gathering - and it's feeling good... natural links are emerging between the services of the past month and those of the next... which just goes to show that, as ever, God's Spirit is active and enabling us to discover 'more light and truth' from the scriptures.
Posting may continue to be erratic, but for (hopefully) good resaons.
Church life right now is exciting and engaging... and very full on.
This is a rare week - I have no service to prepare as we have staff and students from the Scottish Baptist College visiting us.
This means I have the unexpected gift of some breathing space - a bit of 'sabbathing' where I can refresh my mind and soul more deeply, and rest my body a little more intentionally.
Time to think a little bit strategically, time to listen to helpful podcasts, to dip into books, to pray and simply to be.
So, yes, I am actually practising what I preached on Sunday!