A bit late writing this post, as was briefly mentioned yesterday,
today was a bit of a Sunday Marathon!

   
We were blessed with a gorgeous sunny morning, and after my now
prerequisite phone call from Cousin Ron in Orpington, I hurried off early to
church, with a full pack basket.

    
Arriving in good time, I first set about organizing the components of
the Taco Salad Bar, which was to be my lunch offering to the congregation. The
kitchen at St. Stephen’s House is not widely stocked with serving dishes but
with a bit of ingenuity I found enough baskets and bowls for all the
ingredients.

    Next
I dashed upstairs and set out everything for Children’s Ministry. The Prophet
Zechariah had proved to be a pleasant surprise. Upon reading the Book earlier
this week I discovered that it was Zechariah who foretold Christ’s entry into
Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, a prophecy that is quoted in the Gospel of John.Thank Heavens!! a child-friendly story, linking Old and New Testament and with
potential both for felt board narration and Donkey Masks!!! Woo hoo!!

    All
the crafts materials and a sample had been prepared at home, so my time with
the three children, and a helper, ran smoothly.

    We
read the passage, reviewed the whole subject of Prophets, constructed our felt
board illustration, crunched a few taco chips, purloined from the lunch ingredients
and made our masks.

     
      Then
we tiptoed downstairs during the final Worship song and all the children,
including 2-year-old Lydia “helped” bring the bowls and baskets into the
dining room!

 
Several people expressed pleasure over the salad bar, and there wasn’t a
crumb left. Fortunately there were a few extra bits and pieces left at home so
after a rather hot and sticky ride I was able to make myself a bowl of salad.

 
Then it was gardening and off to walk Wil! The rest of the
afternoon has been spent beginning the “Changing of the Decorations”. I
promised myself I would call it quits at 5pm, write this post, have dinner and
spend a quiet evening knitting and watching a BBC series about building
eco-friendly homes (I found it on YouTube!)

  And
so the day draws to a close. Full, but blessed. An extra special blessing was
to have Debbie come to church this morning. She had promised to come today and
it was a real treat for me to sit next to someone who had for so many years
occupied a spot next to me in the front pew at St. Matthew’s. Yes, a day of
blessings!