Life's been pretty full-on over the past few days. but excellent.
On Saturday, Robin and Sarah got married and it was lovely to conduct their wedding and share in the celebrations afterwards.
On Sunday morning, we had a storming baptismal service. three young people were baptised in a packed church. Their testimonies were amazing - each one of them has clearly had a profound encounter with God and want to live their lives as followers of Jesus.
There were a lot of people there who don't usually go to church and afterwards a number of them said that if they'd known church was like that, they'd have taken it more seriously. So, we'll see if any make a return visit sometime soon. It will mean that we'll have to make some changes - which is a good thing!
One of the things I take away from the service is that something fast-moving, lively, with many people involved and nothing lasting more than five minutes, does seem to scratch where lots of people itch.
We also had a good later service with a number of visitors and returnees and a good atmosphere as we reflected on prayer and broke bread together.
And then today, I started teaching New Testament at Spurgeon's College. Well, to be strictly accurate, the college's full-time NT lecturer has gone to Durham and they've asked a couple of local ministers to help out. So, I'll be teaching two hours a week for this year on Monday mornings from 8:30am. And today's session went really well. A good class of 15 alert students, who asked good questions and made intelligent contributions. So, I'm looking to sharing the journey through 1 Corinthians and the life and though of Paul with them.
Tomorrow, I think, I'll need a lie-down!