Today was my first Sunday at my placement church – Kirk of the Holy Rood in Grangemouth. I was formally introduced to the congregation and participated by doing the readings and the prayers.
There was also a Baptism today and a classic moment when the little girl (a toddler, not a baby) was welcomed to the family of God. Right ‘on cue’ she waved a hand in the air and shouted, “Yay!” Couldn’t have arranged for that.
I was also introduced to the organist – a young lad of 15 who’s very good but has very strong views on music. To be fair, it’s probably just a very good understanding of what works and what doesn’t on their organ. That said, he likes CH3 and The Scottish Psalter. He’s OK with more modern ones from Mission Praise (he’s referring to the 1990 edition – the one with trumpets and palm branches 🙄 ) but likes the more traditional tunes best. There was also a comment made about long organ voluntaries – they could be compared to long sermons and needed to be cut short at the appropriate time. After all, 15 minutes is more than enough for a sermon. That leaves me with a dilemma. I’m preaching in 2 weeks time. Do I compromise my principles and cut back on what I’d normally say or stick to my guns and make the sermon as long as it needs to be?
Ah, the joys of going to a new place and discovering those who would exert their influence.