Sunday, 21 February 2010

2010:365:52 Sunday

None when we went to bed and a complete coating in the morning.  There's something very still and quiet about an early morning in a snowy city and Eliot was eager to go out to explore.  With the early Holy Communion service we weren't able to stay out for long, and now, in the afternoon, it is pouring with rain so we'll hardly go for a walk now.  No one turned up at the early service - just the Churchwarden and me to enjoy communion together.
Things were a little better at the later service though numbers were seriously down.  With this being the first Sunday in Lent we sang the Litany - beautiful, with a tenor cantor. 
I like Sundays.  Snow makes life inconvenient for many but Sunday gives us a special still point in the week when we may recharge spiritual batteries and have a little more time to rest and pray.

Taking photographs is part of the process of relaxation - looking at things through the camera makes you a little more aware of your surroundings and you see the detail on the windowsill or the red berries beneath the snow-capped holly rather than just taking a quick glance and missing something significant.

I had time for a little wander round the church property and enjoyed the wide expanse of the playing field covered with its white dusting, as well as the detail of the snow on individual branches.  A beautiful morning and a restful afternoon with the prospect of a Bach Cantata this evening.  Life doesn't get much better than this.

Lord God,
you renew us with the living bread from heaven.
Nourish our faith,
increase our hope,
strengthen our love,
and enable us to live by every word
that proceeds from out of your mouth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  

Book of Common Prayer
Post Communion Prayer - First Sunday in Lent.

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