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Carol Service

I've been out all day, church in the morning then round to Mum's place for lunch, then back to church for a choir practice at 4 o'clock followed by the Carol Service.

More than twenty years ago, probably closer to thirty years, I sang in a carol service in St Andrew's Church as part of my school choir, it was there that I first heard the reading from the beginning of John's gospel, and started a long journey of faith. Having lived overseas for more than 15 years I never dreamed that I would sing in a Carol Service at St Andrew's again. Tonight I did, and it was magical, so special, I can't describe how joyful it was for me, I just haven't got the words!

All of the above aside, I think it went really well, the church was completely packed, the choir sang well despite a very indifferent practice in the afternoon, my mother and sons who I dragged along to listen seemed to enjoy it, and it was very joyful.

Walking home in the rain didn't dampen my spirits at all, that was magical too, walking through silent streets surrounded by twinkling Christmas lights, really pretty.

Soon I'll think about laundry and presents, and groceries and... but just now, I'm going to keep the magic of this evening a little longer, and go to sleep feeling really blessed

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ringbark
Dec. 18th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC)
my mother and sons who I dragged along to listen seemed to enjoy it
I'd just like to point out that I was there too. Perhaps you're suggesting that I was there without being dragged along? Or that I didn't enjoy it?
Well, in fact I did enjoy it, and I would have been there anyway.
vivh
Dec. 18th, 2005 10:55 pm (UTC)
I didn't think you needed to be dragged along or otherwise persuaded, I'm glad you enjoyed it though, and you obviously are well suited to a career in sales!!
ringbark
Dec. 18th, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)
What, just because I sold seventeen copies of the new CD by Steve James called "Home Tonight"? Twelve worship songs by accomplished Christian singer and songwriter Steve James, from Bebington.
vivh
Dec. 18th, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC)
Hey now you're advertising in my journal too! (not that I mind!)
takahe
Dec. 19th, 2005 07:57 am (UTC)
How come he is selling CDs? And did David make it back? And I missed him -there was fog and a LOT of traffic on Saturday across town.

And thanks for sharing about how your faith journey got going - I liked reading that.
vivh
Dec. 19th, 2005 08:19 am (UTC)
Ian got roped in to selling Steve's (our rector) CDs at the door at the end of the Carol Service last night, the CD includes a couple of Steve's songs which we sang during last nights service. The cds are on sale at church all the time but they were sort of promoting it a bit last night!

David will now be living it up in L.A. enjoying a couple of days at Disneyland before travelling home, lucky boy! He flies out of L.A. on Tuesday and will be with us on Wednesday. We are catching the train down to London to go and meet him at Heathrow, that will be a very early start but I'm looking forward to it.
takahe
Dec. 19th, 2005 09:24 am (UTC)
-David will now be living it up in L.A. enjoying a couple of days at Disneyland before travelling home, lucky boy!
darn, I wish I could have met him at the airport like last time, maybe I could have stowed away in his hand luggage - I've never been to Disneyland!

I hope he travels safely all the way. It'll be great to have the family back together again!

And as Ian is a good salesman, I'll hire him if I ever write a real book - he can be my promoter *g*!!
ringbark
Dec. 19th, 2005 11:10 am (UTC)
"Sort of promoting it a bit"
Interesting phrase. It was £10 for one night only instead of the usual £12.

that will be a very early start but I'm looking forward to it
So am I. Well, not the early start, but travelling to London and seeing David again. And spare a thought for pcfreak8, who misses out on the trip because his school hasn't finished yet.

(I posted this in the wrong place the first time.)
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