However, there was time to sniff the flowers. You'll know by now that sweet pea are among my favourites and these have continued in flower all season. They are, at the moment, better than they were a month ago.
365Project theme this week is façades.
That could be interpreted in any way that you like ... it may be the image, or face, that human beings hide behind ... a façade that conceals the inner struggles ... In unguarded moments there may be a glimpse of what is going on inside ... an observant person may see beyond the exterior into hidden depths. When the mask is in place all seems well ... but that is not necessarily so. Or perhaps it is like the façades on a film site where behind a glittering exterior view there is nothing but emptiness. Maybe that interpretation is too challenging to document in pictures...
Most 365Project participants so far have done what I chose to do here ... find a building's façade for their photographs.
If you haven't seen inside the gorgeous church then do take a look at Paul Dawson's pictures using the link on the right of the screen ... he's a son of the parish, now a London photographer ... and he took some magnificent shots of the church and its windows.
The church was built in 1901 so isn't all that old ... and the windows all date from the last half of the twentieth century. Nevertheless, there is something timeless about the sense of God's presence and the atmosphere of holiness within the walls.
In order to continue to develop into this century and beyond, we need to find new and creative ways to present and live out the "old, old story." As part of these plans we're experimenting with an interactive service once a month which will be held on a Wednesday evening. WOW - Worship on Wednesday - will run for six months to see if it is meeting a need in the local community. Advertising leaflets arrived today!
Be our strength in hours of weakness,
in our wanderings be our guide;
through endeavour, failure, danger,
Father, be thou at our side.
Maria Willis (1824- 1908)
Church Hymnal number 645 verse 5 "Father, hear the prayer we offer ... "