Sunday, 10 January 2010

2010:365 Day Ten. Blog Ten. Photograph 10.

Wonderful family Sunday lunch.... this was my place card holder! My sister is a fantastic cook and I'm having to do this blog or I'll fall asleep. Beautiful leek and potato soup, baked salmon with tons and tons of vegetables, Bailey's Cheesecake and, to round things off, a superb cheese board and coffee! Is it any wonder I'm stuffed? Or, as our Dad would have said, "an elegant sufficiency... any more and it would be superfluity". Actually - it was the superfluity!
There are a few minutes before it is time to go to the evening service - the last united one in Ulsterville Presbyterian Church. That's a sad state of affairs. But population change in the Lisburn Road area means that no longer are there enough people to keep the church viable. Next week they have their final private services and then Ulsterville closes and amalgamates with Windsor. The group of four churches becomes three - Methodist, Presbyterian and Anglican.
Once a month we have a united service in the evening so little by little we're getting to know one another.
Saint Nicholas' belongs to another group of churches too - a larger gathering of six - two Presbyterian, two Anglican, a Methodist and a Roman Catholic. We call ourselves "Faith Seeking Understanding" and next Sunday Saint Nicholas' is hosting a united service on the eve of the Octave of Christian Unity. The Cardinal Archbishop Sean Brady is the guest speaker - so if you're around the Lisburn Road at 7.00 pm do join with us. It would be lovely to see the church packed to the doors once again.
Time to go! With temperatures above freezing point all day the roads are a great deal clearer although the footpaths are still to be used with caution. Hopefully the big thaw has begun and winter is over....?

Lord Jesus Christ,
who said to your apostles,
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you:
Look not on our sins but on the faith of your Church,
and grant it the peace and unity of your kingdom;
where you are alive and reign with the Father
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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