Breakfast & Prayer
Short prayer and a breakfast meeting. Today, I met with a parishioner who has an idea about a leadership project he is thinking of undertaking on behalf of the church.
Calories for energy, it's going to be a busy day.
Prayer for mindfulness.
Planning for a productive day.
Church Office Hours
This is a time to meet with Philippa, my church secretary, and parishioners.
A villager who has fallen on hard times came in. I wrote out a grocery voucher for him to exchange for food at the local shop.
I reviewed the parish council meeting minutes, but there were no actions for me to pursue (this time).
After that, I dealt with the phone messages:
A bride-to-be wishing to learn the cost of holding a wedding at St. Mary's.
A villager inquiring about the health of another villager who is in hospital.
An Altar Guild member asking whether the palms have been ordered for Palm Sunday.
I decided to go to the hospital to find out how Jim Harbinger, a retired laborer from the village is doing. His wife, Rita, is with him. After assuring myself he is fine, it is off to my next duty.
A moment of thought for Jim and Rita.
Remember to pop back soon to see if Rita needs anything.
Lunch & Prayer
Lunch and solo prayers. Today, I combined psalms, prayers and Scripture readings. Sometimes, I am sleepy and have to fight not doze off! Ack.
Calories for energy.
Prayer for mindfulness.
Planning for a productive afternoon.
Bible Study Prep
I selected the reading for this evening's Bible study group. Considered starting a daytime group for retirees and whether or not to purchase Bible study aids. Some villagers are dead against them although I think they can help if they support deeper reading. I put the decision off for another day. Sometimes during this time I work on my Sunday sermon or tribute if there is an upcoming funeral.
Planning for an insightful study group. So much to talk about and so little time.
Start a daytime group for retirees?
Brainstormed Sunday sermon topic.
Visiting and Errands
Bought groceries from the local shop and chatted to some villagers. Dropped in on Mrs. Smithson who has been having trouble with her arthritis. Took Biscuit to the vet for her annual shots and worming and flea treatments. (She wasn't happy!)
Healthy food purchased for dinner.
Gave Mrs. Smith the name of a recommended joint cream.
Remember to bring treats next time we go to the vet.
Wedding Planning Appointment
Appointment with a bride and groom about a forthcoming wedding. What a joy to see love blossom! Long discussion about hymn suggestions. Offered choir if congregation are not big hymn singers. Calmed a very nervous groom-to-be with chamomile tea.
Grabbed a quick bite to eat.
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Lord of the Dance
Bible Study Group
Met with Bible study group. Good attendance. To be surrounded by like-minded individuals is a blessing.
"Yes" on the Bible Study aids.
Lock up church and home for dinner Philippa had left in the oven for me.
Took a moment to contemplate the church stained glass. What a beautiful, holy image.
Exercise (brisk walk) on way home. (2 minutes.)
Light dinner, salmon and green beans, for better sleep.
Prayer & Bed
Put cat out. Boil hot milk for nightcap. Think about prayers as clean teeth.