8th May 2017

Yesterday was a busy day of real contrast: Sunday began as I went into Christ Church at 7:10, in order to set everything up for the new 8am BCP Eucharist service. BCP being the Book of Common Prayer, and so a very old and traditional service, with a very different feel to our usual Eucharist. I was thrilled to be joined by 14 others, as we shared the old familiar poetic language which has shaped our Anglican worship over the centuries.
Back then to the Vicarage for breakfast before heading over to Holy Trinity for our StopGap all age Eucharist. Here we used a very modern liturgy, the traditional sermon was delivered with congregational participation and visuals on the video projector.
By evening time it was back to Christ Church for the Six first Sunday service led by my good lady. Seated in a circle we looked at the origens and content of Celtic worship, listenend to music, explored Celtic art design, wrote prayers, coloured in pictures of Celtic designs, and then used a Celtic Compline (Night Prayer) before tucking into some homemade food and a cuppa.
I am always challenged by the need to both preserve and cater for our tradition, and at the same time to push the boundaries and make acessable Church for this contemporary society, yesterday was an example of the broad depth of ministry we explore together.