I believe it was a big celebration at the base camp at St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen with the blessed visitation of our dear global family friends, Marion and Chris from Canada. Marion joined the St Andrew's worship online at a very early stage of the lockdown and remained friends and now visiting in person. This was the third and most successful attempt. There was suitable joy with a large gathering at the Sung Eucharist and lunch at Tony Macaroni at Marischal Square, Aberdeen afterwards!! Just a couple of weeks away and there is large gatherings and partying! Well, that is the whole point of being the disciple of the Lord, you move about with the Risen Lord and share his invocation, 'Peace be with you.'
Today, began with a Big Breakfast at the Everitts and much joy leading to most beautifully sung Mattins, a delightful reunion with Dr Tim Morgan who is St Andrew's Choir now living in Durham until the home coming to Aberdeen in a couple of years time, just in time for the reopening of the fully restored Cathedral, to sing and make music to the Lord. We were truly transported by the music and preaching, a blessing that will be cherished in the days and weeks to come.
Set off from Durham at 2pm and walked through Ferryhill now settled for the night at the Premier Inn Durham at Newton Aycliffe car park. The Receptionist, Chelsea was extremely kind in offering a space to park the caravan for the night.
The business of misleading Christian Hos(pita/ti)lity of Alnmouth Friary and the kindness of a Premiere Inn remains a challenge in my mind. How, complete strangers like Chelsea who was not only kind and helpful but gentle and delightful while the 'Guest Master Monk' was rude and ruthless in asking us to stand outside. This habit of lying in the name of Jesus must change and the attitude of the church towards people who are different must change. I pray God will grant me grace to help make this change in our generation that the next generation will come to believe in the message of Jesus Christ.
Durham was fully of young people energised and vibrant. It is hard to believe that even this lively and vibrant student community was once hit by hostile atmosphere in one of their colleges. It was very good to see a lot of young people in the Cathedral. The spirituality and the preaching should be an attraction.
The walk today was about 12 miles, hilly up to Ferryhill and flat there after. Green and most beautiful and the people are generally warm and friendly. A good days work deserves a good nights rest in the caravan. My left arm is aching with wishing over 500 people driving past with, 'Peace be with you.' 'Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days' says the Preacher. (Ecclesiastical 11.1) It was good to cast a lot of the Bread of Life' upon the people, praying that it will yield fruit in due season.
Please keep the prayers going.