This was the chosen picture for today, taken at the Parish Office where I spent much of the early part of the day. It was raining most of the time and since mid-morning has been pouring without mercy.
Both dogs kept me company - Eliot and Angel. The space at the halls gives them lots of room to run and play. Angel, in particular, makes full use of the running area.
Eliot sometimes joins in but more frequently does a small lap and then looks from a safe distance. It isn't all that easy to get pictures of the Lurcher - she is fast!
While the dog pictures were happening the photocopier was warming up. It took a couple of shops before I was able to get the quality of paper that I wanted. To the question, "would tomorrow do?" I had to give the answer, "no." This morning was the only time available to finish off The Messenger, the parish magazine. That will be in the pews on Sunday in a new format, so it will be interesting to hear what comments there are when folk see it!
Once the machine was ready to roll I was 'chained' to it until the last of the pages rolled off the press. By that stage the paper was beautifully warm!
From time to time I watched the rain and the dogs from the office window. Both dogs seemed to find something on the tarmac very interesting and spent a while investigating the smell and scratching around. Wouldn't you love to have senses as acute as those of dogs?
And for part of the time stood watching the road. Not much happens along that particular stretch, but Angel and Eliot didn't plan to miss it!
That's probably enough about my canine friends for one day. Indeed, for some of you it may be more than enough! Angel has now returned to her owner and Eliot is learning again to cope with being the only dog in the house - he doesn't find that too difficult at all!
This evening we had the first of the United Holy Week Services. We're worshipping in the Methodist Church and, in spite of the weather, there was a reasonably good congregation. It is encouraging to see people gather to worship and to think about the Easter story.
Easter is my favourite season. The message of the cross never ceases to make an impact - a fresh impact each year. As we gather night by night the story is retold and once again we rejoice in God's love for the world.
whose most dear Son went not up to joy,
but first he suffered pain,
and entered not into glory before he was crucified:
Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of his cross,
may find it none other than the way of life and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer
Collect of the Monday in Holy Week