This weekend falling as it does between Remembrance and Christ the King always feels like a 'pause' before the events of the end of the year. Next Sunday, which used to be known as 'Stir up Sunday' because of the Collect for the day beginning with the words; 'Stir up O Lord..' marks the end of the Christian Year. It is the time we Episcopalians send in our Congregational statistics and begin to look forward to Christmas through the lens of Advent. This week, however, nothing much seems to be going on. I like to see it as a breathing space before Advent gallops us away, a time to tidy things up and to get ready. It was very much a tidying up day today (Saturday) as a group of us met at the church to clear the leaves. Murrayfield is a very leafy suburb and this time of the year our church gardeners are kept very busy - it is a bit of a losing battle because after today's winds the Good Shepherd Murrayfield will be just as leafy as it was before. So it will be a question of starting all over again. Not a bad image for the coming weeks.
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