They say that times goes more quickly as you get older ... and if that's true ... then I must be a very great age! It seems no time at all since last Sunday when we had the Swedish visitors; or even the previous week when Bishop Alan was with us! Somehow the hours are filled with all sorts of things ... that is the great variety of clergy lives ... from meetings to visits, schools to church services ... study, preparation and folk who call at the house ... all in a day's work and very satisfying.
Tonight (shortly) I'll finish off and print out the notice sheet for tomorrow ... the order of service is ready and our student reader will preach at Holy Communion. I'm preaching at the United Service in the evening and, since it is Saint Thomas' Day, will speak about that particular apostle.
After a long afternoon we had another vegan experiment. Asda soya burger mix. Actually they were rather tasty although could do with a bit more garlic.
Then (and here I forgot to take a picture) we rounded things off with rhubarb crumble ... rhubarb straight from the garden ... and soya custard.
We'll end with the collect of Saint Thomas' Day.
Almighty and eternal God,
who, for the firmer foundation of our faith,
allowed your holy apostle Thomas
to doubt the resurrection of your Son
till word and sight convinced him:
Grant to us, who have not seen, that we also may believe
and so confess Christ as our Lord and our God;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.