Thankfully, this week is pretty quiet, the diary quite empty... Which I need, having had a very busy week last week which left me completely depleted, and my desk is once again full of 'stuff' (didn't stay empty long, did it??)
It's not the greatest photo, as my desk is in bright sunlight first thing in the morning. These are the books and images I used on Saturday morning, when I delivered my first service for over a decade. I created and lead Celtic Morning Prayer here in the village church at 8 am as part of a day of prayer across our group of 12 parishes.
We set up two small tables between the lectern on the left and the pulpit on the right. On one I created a wee altar, with images of St Brigid (a favourite saint), a Brigid cross that hangs in our house, candles and a Celtic Cross bought from here . I sat at the other with my books and my CD player. I played some songs from this in the quiet prayer time.
It was a time of quiet and contemplation, and given the early hour, I was happy to see about a dozen people, several from the surrounding villages and many of whom came back to the rectory for coffee and croissants afterwards.
It was a very significant experience for me, to be leading a service after so long, and for those who know how hard the last decade has been. And I'm still feeling the effects of expending so much physical and emotional energy, and I am taking it slowly... enjoying the intermittent sunshine, enjoying Daughter's company now she's home for the Summer, enjoying being a part of a lovely village community :)
Sharing with Julia here.