I hope you are all well, and that you’ve had a good week.
STOP PRESS: It has been announced that Kate Prowd, Bishop Lindsay’s sister, is to be appointed Bishop of the Western Region. Wow!
I wish someone had warned me about the winter weather in Melbourne! I know that these Ponderings traverse the whole world, so for those of you who have never been to Australia and think it would be constantly warm (as I did), I am fast learning that it’s not, and that Melbourne can give London a run for its money when it comes to chilly weather and fog, as seen below.
Our new vicarage resident Evan, a theological student from Indonesia, arrived to a full vicarage kitchen on Sunday night, where a few of us spent a bit of time getting to know him. I was very pleased to discover that, like me, he is a motorsport fan, much to the mild disinterest of our parish priest. He has already been proving himself very useful around the place, being a great help in our “Muscular Ministry” – our efforts to dismantle and remove some furniture for one of our neighbours – and has begun exploring the liturgy of Christ Church! He’ll be with us on Sunday, so I hope many of you will get the chance to meet him.
On Wednesday night, we hosted a concert at the Bardin Centre by the Merz Trio – an excellent group of young musicians who are due to compete in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and left Bishop Lindsay enraptured by their performances of Schumann and Shostakovich – how good for Christ Church to be, in some small way, a patron of the arts!
I was delighted to hear that Fr Grant is recovering well, and that he will be able to begin taking the Healing Masses on Fridays as of next week. This Mass, which takes place in the middle of the day, has been a blessing to many, myself included, and we have been missing Fr Grant greatly, so we look forward to having him back!
This Sunday, we will have the privilege and joy of welcoming in a new member of the Church family – Bernie Musgrove, who (some of you will remember) starred in one of Bishop Lindsay’s sermons a month or two ago, and seemed to enjoy his time in the spotlight. We look forward to that very much, and I hope many of you will be there to join with us in officially welcoming him.
Speaking of this Sunday, I’m looking forward to the first of the new Meet Up @ 5 series, which takes place at the Vicarage, the title of which is “ANCIENT WORDS: Is the Bible any good?”. Having only experienced the final session of the last series, I am eager to experience more of these soon. It will be a great opportunity to explore the Bible through a time of informal prayer, talk, discussion, and food. It’s also a good opportunity to bring new people along, so if you know anyone who might be interested, think and pray about it, and don’t be afraid to ask.
As ever, I wish all of you a good, peaceful, and enjoyable week! God bless,