365Project wants "vivid" this week! So while in the pet shop to get some bird seed this tank of very cheery looking goldfish seemed to be the perfect subject. As one of the 365ers said, "it makes a change from snow."!! There is something warm and exotic about a tank of happy fish ... and with all the colourful plastic bits and pieces they couldn't be anything other than contented, could they?
It was clear from the number of animals and fish that the store is well prepared for Christmas. Some of the rabbits are adorable though I wasn't too sure about the mice and other small mouse-like things! There's a sign for sale that reads "Beware of the Hamster" which amused me although I'd not thought of taking pictures at that stage.
Earlier in the day we had Holy Communion in Saint Nicholas' and it was great to see the tree up and decorated - thanks to the two gentlemen who took that task on board.
Up close there are some fun decorations - this glass bauble caught my attention - though it is only one of many very interesting items. Now I want to start putting up my own tree ... maybe tomorrow on my day off ...
The Advent wreath was lit of course; I love this reminder of the season that we're in and look forward to a second candle being lit on Sunday coming.
This Sunday we're going to welcome the Bishop of Kajiado Diocese in Kenya to our service. I've known him over a number of years and Bishop Jeremiah Taama welcomed our team to Kenya some time ago when we joined the church at Lemasusu to create a building for worship, teaching and fellowship. A little nursery school uses it during the week, as do some adult gatherings and then on Sunday it is a comfortable place for the services. Bishop Jeremiah came for the dedication and preached powerfully - especially to the men - reminding them of their responsibilities to ensure that their children received an education. It will be good to have him in Saint Nicholas' and for our congregation to meet the man for whom we pray each Sunday as we pray for our own Bishop Alan.
Eternal Light, shine into our hearts;
eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil;
eternal Power, be our support;
eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance;
eternal Pity, have mercy on us;
that with all our heart and mind and strength
we may seek your face
and be brought by your infinite mercy
to your holy presence;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Promise of His Glory
Alcuin of York.