Notes from the Clergy
As we celebrate today the Feast of St. James the Great, our Patron, we give thanks for his life and witness, and reflect again on what insight and direction we may draw from his example. His scallop shell is a reminder that we are on a journey, a pilgrim people, and that James, the pilgrim’s Patron, is our companion in the Way of Christ. He will, if only we allow him, encourage, admonish and guide us in our worship and mission, witness and service. St. James, pray for us!
This past week St James’ has been richly blessed by the visit of the Choir of Selwyn College in the University of Cambridge, UK. Their outstanding concert on Tuesday took us on a musical journey through the liturgies of the academic year. It was exhilarating to listen to this wonderful music set off by the acoustic, and to experience the Choir singing in different parts of the church. On Wednesday, for the first time in many years, the ancient Office of Compline was sung. The Choir led us beautifully and reverently in this service of prayer and reflection at the ending of the day.
Our thanks and appreciation are due both to the Choir of Selwyn College for their offering to us, and to Gerald Harder and his team for their sterling work in the preparation and management of the visit. The church was almost full for the concert, and over 100 attended Compline: it was good to see members of the congregation and the local community, together with music-lovers from further afield. Who says no-one will come to St. James’ in the evening?!
Deacon Joyce, Anne Kennedy, Pat McSherry and I will be attending the Diocesan Parish Development Training Course at Rosemary Heights Retreat Centre. We hope this will provide us with some useful tools and insights for our work together in this interim process.