Carol services

Vestments hanging in my office
My clerical shirt and vestments hanging in my office.

This evening I’m preaching at the Alumni Carol Service at St Salvator’s Chapel, University of St Andrews, starting at 18:30. So my clerical shirt and vestments are currently hanging up in the office.

I would have hung them all behind the door but unfortunately I’m too tall for the coat hook and my cassock was dragging on the floor. That’s what white boards are for, though, I guess.

This will be my second carol service this year. I conducted (most of) the carol service at St Mary’s, Newport-on-Tay on Sunday evening. I say “most of” because I had it in my diary as starting at 18:30, while the rest of the congregation had 18.00 in theirs. I missed only two carols and a couple of readings.

When I got home I checked my emails to see what time they’d given me. It turns out that was the problem: they hadn’t given me a time, just said “early evening” and I’d guessed 18:30 based on previous experience of early evening services.

This evening’s service is definitely starting at 18:30. Besides, it’s just across the quad from my office. Literally a hop, skip and a genuflect away.

Prayers please that my sermon goes well and that God speaks through me (but not in a weird, Hollywood style!).

Update: Oh for goodness sake! It turns out that the carol service begins at 19:00, not 18:30!! I was told 18:30 … can no one tell me the correct time that I’m supposed to turn up to these things?! 😉

4 thoughts on “Carol services”

  1. Yes, I hope it went well too. Sadly had to work til 8 in (feezing!) Edinburgh so no chance to get over to join in.

    Let us know your thoughts on the proceedings. Did you make it there for the start, did you feel as if you’d never been away from preaching?

  2. Had to laugh when I saw your update on this item; what did we ever do before all these wonderful communication methods such as telephones, mobiles, text messages, email….. Not that you are old enough to remember such a world!

  3. I remember life before mobile phones, text messages and email. I’m sure I was a calmer, saner person in those days! 😉

    When I was at university at St Andrews (89-93) we didn’t have email, everything was done via paper. My sister was the first person in our family to get a mobile phone. That was about 1991; I didn’t get a mobile phone for another ten years or so.

    I guess I’ve learned my lesson to double-check times. 🙂

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