Thursday 31 December
I have two different ways of preparing for celebrating a Eucharist.
During the week and at the early Sunday service at St. Peter’s, I robe early and go and sit and wait as worshippers arrive. At the main service on a Sunday I wait at the back and greet people as they come into church.
Both forms of preparation are significant. The first is ‘my’ time and spreads to those who gather. Catching up is done at the end. However the at the back welcome is equally important and has something to do with linking together of the much larger gathering; I have spoken to nearly everyone beforehand and there is an integration achieved through this contact. Late or on the cusp arrival don’t glean this connection to the celebrant, but ho hum you can’t win them all.