This week’s Ponderings are written in a bit of haste, and are thus a bit shorter than usual (ssh, no celebrating!), but I hope they’ll be as good.
First off, I’ve been asked to give an update about the Pentecost celebrations this coming Sunday: a group of us will be reciting the Nicene Creed in various languages, and boy oh boy, is it going to be good! So far, we have EIGHTEEN languages represented with at least one person reciting: Latin, French, German, Polish, Vietnamese, Nepalese, Mandarin, Tamil, Russian, Serbian, Italian, Greek, Arabic, Dutch, Malay, Indonesian, Yoruba, and possibly even some Australian! It’s going to be wonderful: many voices in many languages, sharing one truth.
Those of us who will be reciting it will meet up in the foyer of the Bardin Centre for 9.45 to quickly run through what we’ll do (it’s really simple) before heading over to the church. If you haven’t already signed up, but would like to, please let me know (the sooner the better). There will be printed copies of the Creed in those languages.
After Mass and refreshments, we’ll host a “Bring and Share” lunch at the Vicarage, where we hope many of you will bring food from different countries, cultures, and cuisines, and tantilise our tastebuds with them. I’ve still got to work out what I’ll cook, but you’ll see on the day!
On Sunday, I had my first ever go at being “Master of Ceremonies” during Mass – a fascinating role, which has a lot of hidden intricacies, particularly when it comes to the etiquette of the Sanctuary…I still have much to learn, but I enjoyed it. I don’t think I messed things up too badly on the day, haha!
Santosh was on duty again, and whilst he was lighting the Paschal candle, it struck both +Lindsay and I that he looks very much like a young Greek Orthodox priest (sans beard)…what do you think?
It was also wonderful to hear Lilli, one of Kieran’s students, play the Voluntary on the organ at the end of Mass – she did a great job, and got a well-deserved round of applause…I look forward to hearing more of her work soon!
The Vicarage is always full of visitors, and it was good to welcome Fr Lyndon Sulzberger back to the Vicarage on Monday – I say “back”, although it’s the first time I have met him, but he tells me the place is practically a second home for him! He tells me (as some of you may remember) that he used to worship here a few years ago, and that he is now a parish priest in South Australia.
The internet has been restored at the Vicarage (hallelujah!), so things are a bit easier in terms of working and studying around the place, and means we’re a bit more independent now, not having to hijack the WiFi from the parish office.
Not this coming Sunday, but the one after (27th May) is Trinity Sunday, and the Archdeacon will be coming to preach – not to be missed!
Anyway, that’s all from me for now. The next two weekly updates will return to the “Bishop’s Banter” format, as I’ll be away in the Old Country, visiting my folks. The prospect of a double dose of jet lag in the space of ten days is somewhat daunting, but nevertheless, I’m really looking forward to seeing them!