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Churches Together - Evensong

Last night, I attended Choral Evensong at the Church of St Michael, a very high Anglo-Catholic church.  Outside it's a fairly typical Victorian building, but inside it is incredible ornate, as illustrated in this photo looking towards the altar.

Using the BCP in its most catholic form, complete with 'hail Mary' and King James Bible, in a parish under the special episcopacy of the Bishop of Beverly (it does not recognise women Bishops (hence women priests)) it could have felt unwelcoming, but it was anything but., evening ending with 'Shine, Jesus, Shine' and a priest who was not offended when the solemnity was shattered by clapping from various low church folk.

Ecumenism can be bland, can be boring and can be nominal.  This didn't feel like any of those.  It was good to be with people who understand their faith very differently, yet are committed to working together where and when they can.

I think the next joint service is for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - and I get to preach, something I now look forward to.

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