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After the morning service which was pleasant enough, we went round to Mum's place for lunch. Ian and David went off in search of an archery club after lunch, which they successfully managed, so David should be able to shoot again soon, the other boys went home and an I staye round at Mum's for a bit longer.

In the evening Ian, David and I went to the evening service. That was a lovely service, though I struggled a bit with the sermon. Overall it was a very pleasant evening! We bought some fish and chips on the way home, because we were all feeling hungry.

It wasn't anything extraordinary as a day, but very satisfying all the same!


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Mar. 6th, 2006 09:00 am (UTC)
Why did you struggle a bit with the sermon?
Mar. 6th, 2006 09:34 am (UTC)
Frankly, it just wasn't very captivating, and the guy who was preaching, not one of our clergy, uses some unusual phrases which make me think twice, like rather than saying christians or believers he says "in covenant", I guess it was just really hard to listen, I couldn't find much fault with the content, but nor could I find much challenge. There were a couple of times I would like to have stopped him and ask him to clarify what he meant, but I'm not sure it would have helped!
Mar. 6th, 2006 09:40 am (UTC)
In covenant? That just sounds wanky to me!! A little too holy and binding LOL!

I never expect anything from the sermon. Then if it is good, I get a nice surprise. Pity our priests can't marry so their wives could check their sermons first. Although I expect some wives would just say, 'Lovely, dear' each week.

We have a new parishioner, a lovely woman with two sons, but she's an intense holy roller, and I'm not sure our parish is ready for it!
Mar. 6th, 2006 09:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, I sort of had to doubletake every time he used the "in covenant" phrase which he used quite a lot, it was really distracting. The preaching at our church here is generally very good, (and long, 30 minute sermons the norm) and my expectations of hearing something which will either inspire or challenge me have risen a lot since we've been back!! Of course sometimes I'm disappointed!

I think (anglican) priest's wives have enough to deal with, without sermon checking, but it's a lovely thought! One of my favourite christian cartoons was of an elderly vicar standing in a pulpit, he says, " I seem to have picked up my wife's recipe instead of my sermon, so for those of you who don't know how to make meatloaf..."

We have a new parishioner, a lovely woman with two sons, but she's an intense holy roller, and I'm not sure our parish is ready for it!
I'm sure they'll cope, though there may be a few waves along the way!*g*
Mar. 6th, 2006 10:02 am (UTC)
favourite christian cartoons
I like the story
"After I had finished writing my sermon, I asked my wife to look through it and cross out anything that wasn't interesting or relevant. So in conclusion, ..."
Mar. 6th, 2006 10:11 am (UTC)
30 minute sermons? Wow. We tend to be about fifteen. We had one in January from a visiting priest that was only about four sentences. And it was good too *g*

I like the meatloaf joke *g*

Thing is, being a holy roller, it kind of implies she's doing better than the rest of us who tend to be a little lax. I think it makes people uncomfortable sometimes, when she's being ultra pious and we're not. I can imagine a few hackles rising in defence. I'm not threatened by her behaviour though. I just ignore such acts of piousness, it's obviously just her way.
Mar. 6th, 2006 10:15 am (UTC)
acts of piousness I'm fascinated! What does she do??
Mar. 6th, 2006 10:24 am (UTC)
She kneels constantly. Even on the floor next to the organ before Mass started one day, when she played for us. She spoke to the congregation about exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for an hour once a week, and how important it was, and how she had already arranged it for the following Friday from ten a.m. She wouldn't talk to me about something important because 'she doesn't talk in church'.... all acceptable things but just a little 'off centre' for a caring and relaxed parish!
Mar. 6th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)
Good grief, that really does sound pretty ostentatious, still maybe she'll relax a bit once she's settled down, she's probably just trying to make an impression!!!
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