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  • Mountain Tops

    The photo is me on the summit of Ben Nevis in a blizzard, September 2012.  It's the photo I chose to share this morning as part of our serivce for Transfiguration Sunday.

    Eight people, including me shared stories about mountains or hills; about walks, about the struggle and exertion; about the beauty - or the enveloping clouds; about memorable moments, and much more.

    It was a great way to approach the three stories of Moses on Sinai (God's presence signalled by cloud, earthquake, wind and fire), Elijah on Sinai (here called Horeb; God's presence not being signalled by cloud, earthquakes, wind or fire, but instead in silence/whisper), and Jesus, Peter, James and John on a nameless mountain/hill in Galilee or thereabouts.

    Intentionally going onto the mountain... meeting God somehow or other... and having to come back down again to where life goes on.

    What we do Sunday by Sunday.  And whether it's a wow-that's-awesome-moment, or whether it's a where-on-earth-are-you- God moment, it's authentic and God is there.


  • Another Officially Old Thing!

    Today I purchased a Senior Railcard (a three year one because, long term, it's cheaper!).  Most of the travel I do is 'work' so it'll save my employers and charities money!

    It's kind of weird getting old age discounts when retirement is still so far away!

  • Three years later...

    This morning I presided at Communion standing behind the table.  Although we shared pre-cut cubes of bread, there was a lovely loaf to tear as part of the liturgy.

    The last time I did this was in February 2020 at a joint service for Candlemas with our friends from a loal C of S Church.  The March 2020 Communion was celebrated by one of Deacons, so it is a full three years since I did this like this.

    It's been an evolution - when we began hybrid in March 2022 it was hand gel and self service.  Slowly we moved to serving during the hymn before the Communion liturgy began.  Today we reverted almost to a pre-pandemic pattern, which is slower, with more time to pause and reflect on what we doing.  This screen shot, captured from the Zoom recording feels quite special - behind me the 'Zoomers' projected onto the screen, in front of me the table (the trays of cups were being distributed). Unseen those gathered onsite.

    I like that I look thoughtful... it was a good moment.