Monday, 20 May 2013
Pentecost at the cathedral
The Southwark Diocesan Evangelical Union, of which I am the chair, had been invited to share in the plannning of the service.
Two St Jamesites, Maria (who did brilliantly) and Simon Hughes did the readings; the All Saints, Peckham worship band led the music, and veteran evangelist, Canon Michael Green, was the preacher.
Michael Green, we were told, has written over 50 books - I've got a quite a few of them on my shelves, and very good they are too. He preached a great sermon for Pentecost and had some wise words to speak on the subject of reconciliation, sensitively and fittingly applied to our own rather argumentative diocese.
Earlier in the service severals members of All Saints, Peckham came to the microphone to speak words of praise in their own native language. It reminded us of the universal blessing of the gift of the Spirit, of that great gathering in of people from every tribe, language and nation which began in Jerusalem on the feast of Pentecost two thousand years ago and continues to this day in south London and throughout the world.