Day 1 #OfGodandMe
I was brought up as an Anglican. My mother worshipped regularly in the local Parish Church. Initially I went to Sunday School. My only memory of this is the song which was taken during the collection every week which started "Hear the pennies dropping"
When I was almost 8 I joined the Parish Church Choir. The main services were Morning & Evening Prayer. I can date my lifelong love of the #Psalms from this time. I didn't understand every word of the 16th century English, but the imagery and passion inspired me even then.
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My love of music grew at this time. I played both recorder and piano. Music has enriched every part of my life especially my faith life. I have been exposed to many sorts of music. I don't like them all equally, but all have enriched me in different ways.
I was fascinated by the church organ. I would quiz the choirmaster about it after choir practice. After Morning Prayer he used to invite me to take a look, to try my hand, and gave me some tips. I became able to accompany services, but never managed Bach or Widor!
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The Church I attended had a "middle of the road" C of E tradition, neither Evangelical nor Anglo-Catholic. The Eucharist was celebrated only at 8am on a Sunday and attended by the devout few. I think I had attended a #Eucharist twice before my Confirmation.
I was confirmed on a weekday evening in my early teens. Confirmation was the gateway to Communion in the Church of England. I attended the 8am Communion service the following Sunday and received for the first time.
I started attending at 8am every Sunday and felt that I was getting a glimpse of something of immense significance, though I would have found it impossible to articulate my intuitions.
Was there more to the #Eucharist than I had been taught in my Confirmation preparation? I will deal with how I started to wrestle with that question tomorrow?
Day 1 Summary:
LIKE as the hart desireth the water-brooks: so longeth my soul after thee, O God.
My soul is athirst for God, yea, even for the living God...
Psalm 42 - Book of Common Prayer

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