She sits like a bird
I was very glad when husband and wife Revds. Melanie Smith and Mark Meatcher were inducted to the Enfield churches – in part because it meant I could stop being Interim Moderator! – but for the bigger part that two such capable ministers have come to lead those churches under Christ.
At the Service of Induction we had the hymn ‘She sits like a bird’ (I guess not many of you will know it) which comes from the Iona Community’s Wild Goose Resource Group. During the singing of the hymn a butterfly – Red Admiral, I think – was fluttering around the heads of Mark and Melanie before coming to rest for a moment on the side where they were sitting. It seemed an amazing co-incidence that the butterfly was hovering around during that particular hymn. Perhaps it was more than co-incidence.
The ‘she’ of the hymn is none other than the Holy Spirit, and the verses of the hymn focus to start with on the Genesis 1 creation story, then by verse three she is at work at Pentecost:
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Saturday 17th November 7 for 7.30 Charity Hoedown for Young Life, Hoddesdon and Broxbourne
Not to be missed! Lively band, delicious hog roast (& vegetarian options) bar, bottle tombola and entertainment at St Cuthbert’s in Hoddesdon. Tickets £20 from Dorothy B, Jaqui at St. Cuthbert’s and from Elise at Young Life.
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Saturday 16th March 2019 - Huntingdon Suite, Bishops College
Hold the date! Charity Banquet in support of Young Life. Information from Dorothy B.