Hello everyone! Preaching is, as a Methodist minister once told me, ‘the best laxative I know!!’ I love to share what Jesus means to me as I preach but I always get so nervous; I am so grateful for the steward’s prayer before the service. I just want to share God’s love with the congregation. This morning I led the service at Pannal Chapel. I had not been to that chapel for a number of years, so I was surprised to be remembered as I used to be called Helen Hamer! I was amused to be offered notices and a welcome as if I were going to be part of the congregation, when I arrived, so I explained that I was preaching; as the appointed preacher was ill. I was so pleased to renew acquaintance with friends I had not seen for quite a while. The children chose the lovely chorus from Songs of Fellowship book one, ‘We shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace’ and it took me right back to my first husband’s enjoyment of that chorus. We used to sing it faster and faster. I had a go at clapping, but it is not my gift to clap in the correct places!! Cathy finds it funny when I try to clap in time! I felt uplifted during the service and felt full joy. I always choose hymns I can sing and I had a few comments about them! I think it is important as that is a part of the service in which the congregation participates.
My beloved’s chicken curry was delicious served with brown rice. I am so fortunate to enjoy such wonderful meals. My poor beloved is still suffering with his back, so we bought some Ibuleve to rub in. He is moving awkwardly so I am helping him to avoid bending too much. I don’t want him to get locked as he has in the past. This is the day which the Lord has made and I rejoice and am glad in it.