This Week at All Saints
What a lot we have to grateful for this Christmas! A warm, safe building – and a beautiful one too. This week I noticed that as I step through the door each morning a BIG sigh escapes me. Not, as with every other job I’ve ever had, a sigh of vague dissatisfaction as you would hear from a hamster as he steps on to his wheel, but it’s a sigh of relief, a kind of “I’m safe now” feeling reminiscent of being wrapped in a towel hug by your mum when you come out of the sea, goose fleshed and vaguely blue. See if you do the same thing when you come on Sunday.
It’s a busy weekend so I suggest you steady yourself beforehand with some Taize at 7 pm on Friday night - candlelight and a harp, what could be more relaxing than that?
On Saturday we have our Blue Christmas service at 7 pm. A quiet communion service for those not feeling overly joyful or exuberant this year, or those looking for a more intimate service for Christmas.
On Sunday there are the usual 8:30 am and 10 am services. The Children’s Pageant is at 4 pm. There is carol singing at 6:30 pm followed by the Eucharist at 7 pm and MORE carols at 10:30 pm followed by the Midnight Service at 11 pm. After which Elizabeth will collapse in a holy heap.
We celebrate on Christmas Day at 10 am with a short Eucharist service.
A few things to mention – first – YAY!! The dishwasher is working properly and our beautiful new kitchen has passed inspection. We are good to go! Coffee time will be a lot easier now so please sign up on the roster in the kitchen – otherwise Sundays in January will be a bit sad. I am doing the coffee on Sunday 31st December – would anyone care to help me?
One more thing – our ramp is fully functioning and our new doors are being put in on Friday. Enjoy sailing majestically up the ramp instead of struggling with the steps. And when you’re saying your prayers remember to thank God for Doug Haller and his unceasing efforts to get this done for us in time for Christmas so we can provide a welcome for all!