The first email of 2006 came at 0549, from Alice, a member of St Matthew's, Albury, New South Wales. Alice wants to use one of our Christmas photogaphs for a card sent by the church to those who are bereaved. It was a lovely way to start the year - I hope the picture is a blessing.
It was also a reminder that people all over the world are put in touch and resourced through the Web. A comment to a posting the other day came from Washington State in the North West of the USA, as another example.
This morning's service was quite busy. I thought we might get fifty people. As it turned out, we were nearer one hundred, including a few people from another Episcopal church that didn't have a service today, because the priest didn't think many would turn out. Gareth in Edinburgh had six at the service this morning, and his comments on it are helpful. We didn't have an evening service tonight, primarily because of an expectation that many would be busy today or away, but I'm wondering if we need to go ahead with established patterns of service in future. Worship is worship of God, and not about our needs, after all.
We watched Rolf Harris paint the Queen's portrait on the BBC tonight. She came over as having a very dry sense of humour, though a little nervous, as she twiddled her thumbs and played with her rings. A programme that was well-worth watching and for a non-artist, fascinating, as the Queen's image appeared on the canvas.
This was followed by 'Chicago', with Zeta-Jones, Zellweger and Gere. GadgetVicar Girl #1 insisted on watching it. My motto for 2006 will not be 'Give 'em the old Razzle, Dazzle!'