All together now...
That's one of the things that I most enjoyed about the Queen’s
Platinum Jubilee celebrations last month. It felt like we were
All together at the lighting of the Silton beacon (with dramatic
rocket launched ignition!). And all together at all sorts of
other events: parades and church services, picnics, street
parties and teas all over the United Kingdom. It was a
wonderful way to celebrate our Queen’s 70 year reign.
We discovered again that when we are all together with a common
purpose, the whole is, as they say, greater than the sum of the
parts. We do more together than ever we could apart.
Some of us come prepared. Some of us come and something
spontaneous occurs. Some of us come and find ourselves simply
being present there, and valued for that. The ministry of just
And on the other hand it is good to have time away, time apart -
holiday or holy day time.
The two go together well - time to be with others and time to be
by ourselves. Normally there is a balance which is healthy and
wholesome. So as we look back fondly to the memory of the
Platinum Jubilee weekend and forward in anticipation towards
some sort of holiday or refreshment time, whether quiet days, or
days out, or weeks away, by ourselves or in the company of
smaller groups may we find that these too are good for us.
And if you are feeling like it has all gone a bit too quiet,
there will always be opportunity each Sunday morning to gather
at St Nicholas with a common purpose and make a joyful noise!