Sunday, 7 July 2013

Britten's joyful sound sets the scene for blind vicars ariborne stunts

I switched on the radio this morning as I went into the kitchen to get some breakfast ( a pair of Port Lancaster smokehouse kippers)  to be greeted by a choir singing Benjamin Britten's Jubilate Deo, and a joyful song it was. (you can hear this morning's version on iplayer hear at 19mins 05secs) 

Then I was off to the Civic Service at St Francis of Assisi at Kew. I was met by the Mayor Maureen Fearn (Lib Dem, Kew Ward) who had arrived in her new  mayoral car the 100% electric Nissan Leaf Car

The service was conducted by the Mayor's Chaplain Rev Alex Galbraith. Alex has made quite a reputation for himself with his prayers and homilies before Council meetings but he excelled himself today. His sermon on the parable of the Good Samaritan managed to weave in references to the Anne Frank exhibition at The 
Atkinson  in Southport as well as Stephen Lawrence and Malala Yousafzai. Maureen chose her favorite hymn and the congregation sang them heartily . It was an excellent and uplifting event. Afterwards Maureen provide drinks and the church tea and coffee. We were joined by a large number of Mayors from Lancashire and Merseyside including-for the first time in my memory- the Lord Mayor of Liverpool.

Now despite being a new church building-opened in the 1990's- they have problems with their roof. and the Vicar is setting off to do airborne stunts to raise money and he took the opportunity to ask for sponsorship.

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