Sunday, 18 January 2015

Second Sunday of Epiphany



An uplifting and special Service today at St Oswalds . 
I nearly didn't come as I have missed the Archers Omnibus 's 3 times, and thought I could listen this morning . I planned to listen to last Sunday's  in the waiting room of Scarborough Hospital on Monday but peeved to discover  it just wasn't loud enough on iplayer as I had left both my Hearing Aids at Home and the earphones for my Smartphone just didnt keep out the sound of the other people waiting for a bed. I joined in the chat and tried to convince myself and the others that our 3 cancellations were small hiccups compared with the sufferings of those in Iraq, Syria , Pakistan and Nigeria. *
I had a really special day yesterday at the the Quiet Day in Hunmanby led by Rev Liz Kitching . The Revelation 2 v17 part just gave me so much joy , and in  my handbag I have yet to retrieve and keep ,for a treasure, the White Stone that bears a NEW NAME I have been given by God.


Revelation 2:17King James Version (KJV)

17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

 That aside, I thought I could manage without the C of E in excelsis this morning. But listening I was in that time alone at 7am with a cup of tea and all my Blood Pressure Pills to take, and so I got myself up and ready. Spouse hates it when I don't come to St O's with him. 
The readings , 1 Samuel 3 , 1to 10 , and John 1, v43 to end were thoughtfully brought together by Rev Wilma in her talk . We had almost written Eli off as a fat old man who was a bad father in our Homegroup last year, but we now realise that he was the one who got Samuel to listen to God. Thanks Wilma! Wilma and Rev Andrew did an hilarious antiphonal sketch of a telephone saleswomen trying  to cold call a man to invite him to  try Christianity. It needs to be repeated at Cafe Church in the Summer!!
We had my  favourite hymn Here is love wide as the ocean and the impromptu Trees of the field clapping their hands at the end of the service. Bryce on the organ was not to know that that chorus had special meaning for all of us at Hunmanby yesterday.
Now Pauline has been Admitted as Deputy Churchwarden of the Parish for St Johns . How timely too, as her personal Journey of faith easily paralleled the Gospel reading of today, and Rev Mary and Gillian Wilson were certainly in the story  too. 
The picture is of Bob reading the lesson as he has done for many years. I have a cassette from1991 of him reading the lesson for BBC4 Sunday Service when it came from St Oswalds. We all hope he has enjoyed the week that included his 100th birthday .
Bob and his son .
* Warm (clean )clothes and sleeping bags may left in Vicarage porch for transport to Iraq, which Hazel has liased. See the Facebook pages for further details.

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