A final Sunday

Last Sunday was my final one at Holy Trinity Surrey Hills and Mont Albert. It was a sad but joyous occasion, made muted on my part because I was unwell and feeling most poorly. Fortunately my colleague, the Reverend Jenny Sumpter, took the services for me and I just sat far away from others in the bishop’s chair so as to avoid the likelihood of contagion. I was able to preach however, though it was difficult.

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In addition to the sanctuary party, all the other sanctuary servers joined in the procession and wore their new albs.

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A strange thing happened afterwards – I felt better for the lavish morning tea. It was a fine feast including the besets-ever farewell cake.

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It was cleverly topped with a map of Brighton, just like a page from a Melways Guide, but edible. And an apt scriptural quotation too.

The farewell card stretched for some pages as you can see below.

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There were some lovely speeches (embarrassing as they are) including an email from our Bishop (to whom I have since send a photo of the cake).

 

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I thank the wardens and the parishioners for their generous gifts and very kind wishes for the future.

 

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With cake bakers – Wendy and Jenny.

 

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My Wardens tell some stories about the Vicar.

2 comments

  1. Dear Ian, It was so heartening to get your blog and to know that you and Jill were at the market this morning. I was too late unfortunately but had to be there to spend up big.

    When I returned I found that Mollie Sausage had chewed up a box of tissues and the hall looked like a snowfield. I suspect that Duchess no longer performs devilish pranks for the hell of it.

    I am glad you are feeling a little better,Ian.

    Yours, Barbara x

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  2. Elsbeth

    Yes it was a really delightful occasion and I missed your hearty singing during the service. The speakers did a great job and the whole atmosphere was one of solidarity . The cake was delicious!

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