Just back from polishing shoes on Sauchiehall Street. The team kept going longer than planned, such was the demand. A good time was had by all, many conversations were enjoyed, and a few people were prayed with. A longer report will follow, but I have to say from the brief time I was able to be present, this is one of the easiest, most relaxed and fun outreach events I've ever been involved in. Well done to Nick who gave us the idea, and to Ali, Lorna, Greg, JJ and Jonathan who carried it through.
Uncharacteristically, I'd kept my clerical collar on (having been at the Maundy Thursday Chrism and Renewal of Vows service at St Mary's Cathedral at lunchtime), and ended up polishing shoes. There was something just so right about that. There is something there about getting out of our cloisters and serving people that we so need to rediscover. It's a small thing, I know, but people seemed genuinely touched when we explained why we were doing this on this day.
So how about this for an idea? Next Maundy Thursday why don't Christians all over Scotland try and hit the streets on Maundy Thursday with teams large and small, making contact with people and polishing their shoes, or washing their cars, or cutting their hedges or whatever else you can think of?
Now, when shall we do it again before next Easter?