Friday, February 16, 2018

St. Peter & St. Paul Church, Blockley - Anglophile Friday

Entrance to St. Peter & St. Paul Church
after you've walked through the graveyard.
A good reminder of the communion of saints.

'Blockley Church is a place for everybody to find support and to find the good news of Jesus Christ...St. Peter and St. Paul is at the heart of the delightful Cotswold village of Blockley. For more than a thousand years the church has been a landmark at the centre of the village. The church is open every day, and a prayer space is set aside to leave your own prayers.' - from the website of St. Peter & St. Paul Church, Blockley.

It's been a while since I've written a post about Blockley (have I ever?), so I thought I'd post several photos which will show you the exterior and interior of this beautiful little Cotswold church.

Psalm 139
To the Chief Musician, A Psalm of David
Verses 1-6

Lord, thou hast searched me and known me,
Thou has known my down sitting and my uprising:
Thou understandeth my thought afar off
Thou compasseth my path and my lying down
And art acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word in my tongue but Thou,
O Lord, knowest it altogether.
Thou has set me behind and before
And laid thine hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me.
It is too high. I cannot attain unto it.

And because I thought it might be interesting to you to learn what happens on a weekly basis at that ancient little church in Blockley, I also copied the following from their website:

First Sunday of the month
8.30am: Traditional language Holy Communion - a quiet and prayerful service with short sermon at the start of the day.
9.30am: Open Door - a service for all ages, where all are welcome to eat something, learn something, pray something and sing something.

Second Sunday
9.30am: Holy Communion - music includes both traditional hymns and more modern songs with Common Worship liturgy.
6.00pm: Sunday at Six is a service for those looking for something different. Candles, reflection , prayer and music, and a quiet space to meet with God.

Fourth and Fifth Sunday
9.30am: Holy Communion - music includes both traditional hymns and more modern songs with Common Worship liturgy.

Third Sunday
9.30am: All-Age Holy Communion - a service for young and old alike taken from the book of Common Worship.
6.00pm: Sung Evensong with choir, hymns, a short reflection and silence.

Refreshements including Fairtrade freshly brewed coffee are served after all 9.30am services.

(P.S. And yes, the services were listed in that order.)

Note the ancient stepladder. ;-)

Itty Bitty Narrow Steps to the platform where the memorials are

 Pipe organ and Font
Note that ceiling

The 'Father Brown' mystery series is filmed in the little village of Blockley,
and the church scenes are from St. Peter & St. Paul Church.

Yes, this was the opening photo.
It just happens to be one of my favorites,
taken from the west end of the church, looking SE

Of all the villages we visited in the Cotswolds, Blockley is the one I would most like to visit again.

Blockley, fall of 2017

I'm hoping to post a bit more of St. Peter & St. Paul on Sunday's blog post - just in case you didn't get enough. :-)  We'll see.

Thanks for reading, friends!


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Hodgepodging Power Ballads and Dental Cleanings

Freeze-dried nightie? Yikes!
It was about -10F that morning
Our Amish neighbor's house

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1. When's the last time you had a heart to heart talk with someone? A change of heart? Experienced figurative 'heart failure?'

Well, the heart-to-heart talk would have been with Mr. C. about the important things in life, to which he usually responds by smiling, slowly shaking his head, and muttering, 'You're going to drive yourself crazy.' There are times he seems to be channeling Andy of Mayberry. Can't you just picture that!

A change of heart? Over the past decade, I'd say they're too numerous to mention.

Heart failure: When I was carrying laundry downstairs the other morning and Tommy went zipping past me, nearly causing me to lose my footing. Thank you, Lord, for rescuing me...yet again.

2. Champagne, chocolates, flowers...what's your Valentine pleasure? Any special plans for the day?

My St. Cuthbert's Cross trumps any flowers, candy, or champagne. See last Friday's post. And yes, we have plans to visit Madison, WI

Someone gave me this in...2008 but I've never been able to throw it away because it's got so many charming full-page pictures!

And no, I've still not cleaned out the house, but I've been reading lots of tips on how to declutter. That should help, right?

I wonder what it means that I stop to take a photo when I just happen to notice the sunlight shining on the wood floor and like the way the magazines and books just happen to be lying in the basket on the coffee table. Oh well.

3. Are you a hopeless romantic or do you fall more in the category of practical and pragmatic? What's a gesture you find romantic?

I'm definitely not a hopeless romantic, (am I???) and think that I'm more practical and pragmatic - in most areas. A romantic gesture? A long walk in the woods, a view from a green hill, a view high above a river, etc. Spending the evening beside a beautiful fire might be among those romantic gestures, except that it's been a nightly occurrence for the past three months and has just about lost its charm. I'm ready to move on to spring. So ready to move on!

At last, a space to nap without Tommy

4. Do you ask a lot of questions in life or are you pretty content with what you already know?

Do I ask a lot of questions in life? You should ask Mr. C. about that. I ask a lot of questions and always have. Not having questions is incomprehensible to me. Fortunately, I grew up with a dad who would answer my questions honestly, rather than brushing me off or giving me spiritual platitudes. But Dad's gone. Now I read books.

Is anyone content with what they already know??

A gift from our loving and awesome Creator
when coming home from a dental cleaning yesterday
American Eagle

Which reminds me: The new dental hygienist who cleaned my teeth yesterday was an absolute angel. She was kind, funny, gentle, understanding, and not at all like the dental hygienist I deliberately avoided - who I swear could have worked for Dr. Mengele. My teeth cringe at the thought of her getting near them again. My next cleaning is scheduled for August. The angel hygienist even suggested scheduling it on Tuesday so I could go to Casa Mexicana first for Taco Tuesday (which Mr. C. and I had done today). Believe me, I will phone ahead to make sure that Angel hygienist, rather than SS hygienist, is working that day.

5. Your favorite power ballad?

I actually had to Google this term, then I looked up a list of power ballads. The only one on the list of about 20 that I even recognized was House of the Rising Sun by The Animals (which I loved back in the day!) So Gordon Lightfoot's The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is just a ballad rather than a power ballad? I don't get it. Anyway, I guess power ballads just aren't my kind of music. Does John Rutter have an album of power ballads?

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Things I'll be pondering this first evening of Lent.


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