Not serving bowls or baking bowls... but Parish Bowls! The group who meet every Wednesday (unless there's snow and ice) during the autumn, winter and spring in Saint Nicholas'. There is a lot of fun, quite a bit of intense competition and great craic. [Craic, for the non Irish, is the word for enthusiastic and happy conversation - pronounced "crack" but probably not the word to use in certain airports or countries in the world! I suspect it might be like saying there's dynamite in my suitcase when you refer to your Bible.]
Anyhow, today was the cup final and competition was fierce. Winners were announced and trophies handed over.
And the tea - you should have seen the spread that we enjoyed! Sandwiches, cakes and tray bakes. The egg and spring onion in the background of this picture were simply divine. Egg and onion are always a favourite of mine but somehow the green of the spring onion and the milder flavour were just perfect both to the eye and the taste buds.
Bowls are interesting objects - here is one of mine on the front room carpet. I really should have taken the shot on the proper green mats to be authentic - but it was only when thinking about the blog that the idea came to mind. Interesting objects because they don't run straight. There is within them the bias which is where the skill comes in the game. The best bowlers can use that bias to make the wood end up just exactly where they want it to be. The rest of us "hope for the best"!
Often the bowl is used to illustrate humanity's tendency to go our own way. A built in bias to sin. The apostle Paul talked about "doing the things he didn't want to do, and not doing the things that he knew he ought to do" and I imagine we all know what that feels like.
Lay-Zee tried to get in on the act too. Unfortunately the only pose that he'd do was a footballing one!
I promised that his friend would make an appearance - so the time has come to begin to introduce the other Lay.... ideas for a name welcomed! And yes, it is the same carpet...just playing around with colours.
It feels as if I've gone a bit off the track - maybe it is my bias to be distracted easily!
If I'd taken pictures at choir practice tonight I could advertise the service on Sunday next. It is Palm Sunday and All Age Worship with us at 11.00 am. The choir are singing a fantastic anthem and after the service there'll be a cup of tea and a chance to chat with folk. Should be good!
We confess to God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, that we have sinned in thought, word and deed, through our own grievous fault. Wherefore we pray God to have mercy upon us.
Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us all our sins, deliver us from all evil, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, and bring us to life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant unto you pardon and remission of all your sins, time for amendment of life, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer