The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices
Sunday 22 August: the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity
There will be a zoom service at 11.00 am.
There is a Holy Communion service at South Luffenham at 9.30am led by Rev James Saunders. Please note that if you are coming by car, The Boot Inn have very kindly given permission to use their car park. Please use this facility if you are able, to alleviate parking issues near Church.
I am not very musical. Ability in music has obviously missed my generation in the family as my dad’s cousin was a concert pianist and the whole of that side of the family were exceptionally gifted. I do enjoy listening to music especially Vaughan Williams and Gershwin and Wagner, but the composition and structure is a mystery to me!
At one point in my life, I was a Methodist. and it is said that Methodism was born in song and certainly the hymns written by John and Charles Wesley are very prolific and memorable. The question has also been asked as to why the devil should have all the best tunes!
Last Sunday we had a Songs of Praise in South Luffenham, and some of the hymns chosen were very evocative both in the tunes and in the words. We heard about the origin of some of them and many were written during times of hardship and distress. John Greenleaf Whittier wrote “Dear Lord and Father of mankind” as part of a poem. He was a Quaker, and the worship is marked by quietness and stillness and music and singing plays little part in that form of worship. The hymn was set to music by Parry. Perhaps the words of one of the verses would be a help to many.
Drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace;
the beauty of thy peace.
See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens.