The College has come alive again with the Prayer Warriors invading the campus and all the Witnesses returning from placement 4. The Warriors seems to be a good natured and fun filled session and we are looking forward to much interaction with them over the next year.
The campus is buzzing with stories of the placements and talk of our next placement. I heard the following conversation in the hallway yesterday
M: What’s in the envelope
D: Placement five
M: Cool where are you going?
Welcome weekend is finally here and we have started on the next stage of our journey towards officership. School starts with inductions and song practice just like last year. only slightly truncated as we get going with a full schedule allready second week.
his week we started practicing the sessional song again with Nicola leading the practice, what a difference! For the first time I really enjoyed song practice and for the first time the song came to life and actually spoke to my heart about who we are as a session and who we want to be as officers.
Anyways, my last sermon at Southwark was also a tribute to our session and a passionate plea for everyone to be the gospel! You can listen to it here.
Our placement at Southwark continues and the last couple of Sundays (Before and after the week we had in Disney) I have been preaching, Both have been hard to prepare in different way.
The first one was hard due to the subject (sex), which has been a taboo subject in the church so long that we have forgotten how to talk about it. You can listen to the podcast here.
The other sermon I struggled with because I just ran dry of inspiration. In the end I wrote a sermon that I didn’t like. So sunday morning I trashed my notes and preached without notes, the result is posted here.
We did it! We packed the whole family on a train and took off to Disneyland. The girls loved it, for Anja it was love at first sight when she met Minnie and Mickey in the hotel lobby on the first day. Angelina was a bit more wary, she hid from the characters like a commando soldier on the first parade, but she bravely faced her fear and on the last parade she even snuggled Eyores nose as he came up to her and Anja on his way past. Angelina’s best moment was the lunch with the princesses and her meeting with Cinderella and Belle.
For Hanna and me it was an escape, a bit to busy and a bit to noisy, but at least we did not think of college for a whole week. It is now hard and very surreal to get back into planning a sermon, two bible studies and a prayer evening for this week and next. To add to the stress Hanna’s computer decided to die two days ago (so I scrambled out to buy her that laptop we had been planning to get her) the day after my laptop died so now we are stranded at the beginning of term with only one working computer and two essays each to be completed in the next couple of weeks.
Oh, bother as Pooh bear would have said.