Cynthia, who read that first lesson this morning, was called on at a moment's notice - and she had the wrong glasses. Yet she read it most beautifully - but you would expect no less from a gal who was educated by the Wantage Sisters.
There is something we have lost in the present system of three-year readings. The Prayer Book's unchanging Sunday cycle means that you really have to dig into the readings when you preach, and you have to resort to the Epistles as well as the Gospels. That can mean too little Old Testament; but since today Paul is expounding one of the great stories from Genesis, I tried to go with him. Refreshment Sunday is another of today's titles; and for me it was refreshing to try to get to grips with Paul's thought. I hope it was for the congregation, too.
St Thomas the Apostle, Parish Church of Lymington