365Project has thrown up a new theme this week - shadows! Armed with the camera I opened up Saint Nicholas' as usual on Monday lunchtime and began to look round for shadows. Although the light was pouring in through the stained glass and created interesting patterns but they didn't show up well in photographs.
There are a couple of large and ancient radiators at the front of the nave. With a number of spotlights the shadow underneath is an interesting wavy zigzag and the top photograph became today's submission.
Having the camera in church was a golden opportunity to take a few photographs of the red covers that were used for Pentecost. The brocade is so rich and soft and I love it; but next week is white and then we're in green until Advent! How quickly a year goes past.
It isn't long now until we have a family heading out to Kenya to join our link missionaries in Kajiado Diocese and work with them for a little while. This coming Saturday we're doing a bag packing in the Co-op on the Lisburn Road and then on Friday 4th June there's a "Dance for Africa" in the halls. Money raised in these and other efforts will go towards funding a mobile clinic. This vehicle, "Health for All", can go on the road for £100 per day and offers not only basic medical attention but also testing for HIV/AIDS, counselling, transport for emergency treatment in hospitals and a range of other facilities.
We've already had some folk from Kajiado visit us in Belfast so it is good now for this family from Saint Nicholas' to have the opportunity to be with the church in Kenya.
O Lord, from whom all good things come:
Grant to us your humble servants,
that, by your holy inspiration
we may think those things that be good,
and by your merciful guiding may perform the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Collect of the Weekdays after the Day of Pentecost
Book of Common Prayer