St. George’s Day – 23rd April 2023 – Ss Simon & Jude, Cockshutt
Grey and overcast the day might have been, but the heavy rain of the previous night had passed by and had certainly contributed to the flourishing of God’s creation all around us; such vibrancy and freshness of the emerging leaves on the trees really does inspire a sense of hope and goodwill, as reflected in the cheerful “Happy St. George’s Day” greetings we shared on entering Church.
However, once the Service began, things didn’t go quite as smoothly as expected on this third Sunday of Easter. With the altar dressed in the celebratory colours of White and Gold, the Church looked serene, but events conspired against us! To begin with, the sound system was behaving very oddly, and loud ominous sounds boomed from the microphone. As if that wasn’t enough, the organ pipes seemed to hang onto the notes being played and fell into competing with the sound system. Once these technicalities had been overcome the Service continued until the gathering and presentation of Offerings, which slid off the plate just as they were being passed on to the Vicar for them to be blessed!
Fortunately, and it must be said, with considerable grace, retired Priest, Rev. Anne, who led today’s worship sailed through these minor calamities as if nothing had happened, much to the relief of everyone! Thankfully, the Service concluded without further incident; ah well, such is life in a small and humble country Church!