You can’t get rid of me that quickly – I’m back, mwahahaha!
As you may have gathered from the Bishop’s banter last week, after a good week at home, I endured a somewhat disjointed return to this fair land, with delays, missed connections, lost sleep, and so on, but despite all of these things conspiring to make me poor and miserable, it didn’t really work, as I took the opportunity to spend a bit more time with my family. This was especially fortuitous, as I was able to celebrate my brother’s success – he was given an award for “Best Programmer” at an awards ceremony at his Uni! (Forgive me a moment of big brotherly pride…)
Another blessing, as you saw last week, was an upgrade to Business Class on an Emirates flight – an opportunity that is not to be sniffed at, I can assure you! I felt a bit of an imposter, but my somewhat over-long legs were most grateful of the ample legroom on the top deck of the A380 – not to mention the superb food and drinks, and the very attentive…er…attendants. I eventually arrived back on Friday evening, and slept for most of Saturday. I can’t possibly think why…
Anyway, back down to earth, now. This week has been one spent mostly recovering from the rather potent effects of jet lag, as well as catching back up with all the many things that have been going on in the parish – they say a week is a long time in politics, but politics hasn’t got anything on parish life, that’s for sure!
Sunday was my first fully active day after getting back, and it was lovely to be so warmly welcomed back by so many of you, and to see some more new faces. I always find it so heart-warming to see pretty much every order of service being taken as the church fills up on a Sunday morning – it is a great sign of growth, and something quite special, so I pray that this will continue, and that no matter how many orders of service we print, at least a few of us will end up needing to share.
Oh, and by the way, if you want to listen to +Lindsay’s sermon from Sunday, you can! It’s on the website now – just click here.
The rest of the week has been a return to “business as usual”, with one of my main focuses being the production of the artwork for the billboards outside the church to publicise our next “Meet Up @ 5” series, entitled “Ancient Words: is the Bible any good?”, starting Sunday 1st July, 5pm at the Vicarage – it sounds pretty interesting to me, so I hope to see lots of you there. Also, if you know anyone who you think might be interested in coming along, do spread the word!
Looking ahead, we have a Keble Mass on Monday 16th July at 7pm. John Keble was one of the heroes of the Anglo-Catholic movement in England, and back in the 1980s and annual celebration began here at Christ Church, though it subsequently was held in other places. It’s back here this year, and the preacher will be our own Fr Chris Mostert. Keep an eye out in the service sheet and online for more details.
That’s it from me for now, so I wish you all a good week ahead, whatever it may bring.