Photos for the 12 Days – II

December 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

There was a piece in the Church Times this week saying that most churches were going to do a full programme of services today, the day after Christmas Day.

Well we didn’t. One service at 10.30, to which any members of our five churches could come. And 49 of us did, and it was lovely. We worshipped in the Quire, and as the rest went to the South Transept for coffee, I came back and took this.

I know that belief is about much more than aesthetics and emotion and sentiment, but somehow Christmas became absolutely real when a small number (the ‘hard core’) came together on the First Sunday of Christmas and worshipped together.

Hard not to believe in God when this is the view you have when leading worship. And hard not to believe in God when your curate has preached an excellent sermon, and the Body of Christ has done its stuff.

Photos for the Twelve Days

December 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

After the longing and anticipation of Advent, a celebration of the 12 Days of Christmas. A photo for each day – I hope!

This is All Saints’ Routh, on the road out of Beverley towards Hornsea and Bridlington. Christmas morning 2010, and the clock is correct.

Routh is a scattering of houses and farms – perhaps 100 people in total. A fifth of those were in church for our Christmas Communion. The Vicar of Beverley Minster has been the Priest in Charge of Routh since the 1960s. I’m pleased! To have this view as I parked the car in a snowy field and Julia and I went to church was a brilliant Christmas moment.

My sermons today have been about “wonder”. Not hard to do that when creation is being kind like this.

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