Our church has been refurbished. The elderly organ has been removed. There have been significant alterations; it’s been re-decorated and re-carpeted. The workmen have been busy; it’s all changed.
We met in the building for the first time yesterday morning – masked, socially distanced and non-singing. It was good to be back worshipping together.
We were discussing refurbishing the building some years ago. Our friend Gordon said: ‘I don’t care what you do to the building, as long as it remains a special place where I can meet God.’ It’s about our hearts and minds.
Stuart and Thomas arrived early this morning. They’ve come to finish the work on our patio. We’re entertained by their kind rudeness to each other and their ‘singing’. The workmen are busy; it’s all changing.
We’re looking forward to weed-free paths that we can walk on, and an extended area that we can sit at; a place to eat and drink with friends and family. It’s about walking, sitting and relaxing.
This afternoon the Sky technician will be visiting. There’s lots of technical details that I don’t understand… our internet broadband router is good, but for some reason it’s not talking to the television… or something like that. The workman (or workwoman) will be busy; hopefully all will change.
We shall then be able to access all of the programmes and services that are available. It’s about watching and listening.
Musing… on the old Sarum prayer… part of the Salisbury Cathedral liturgy 500 years ago:
God be in my head and in my understanding.
God be in my eyes and in my looking.
God be in my mouth and in my speaking.
God be in my heart and in my thinking.
God be at my end and at my departing.
Workmen and workwomen are busy. All aspects of life are changing. I pray for an integrity in my life and faith that is consistent, authentic and holistic.