When I was growing up, I recall being at the YMCA 8.30pm evening service where a Scottish woman was asked each year to return to speak at the service and she always started off her address by singing the following
Here we are again,
Here we are again,
By God’s grace and mercy,
Here we are again.
She could never get over the fact that her annual visit to Dublin came around so quickly. She would always comment that it only seems like yesterday since she was here. I have to agree with her. It only seems like yesterday when I was writing this piece for last year’s Taney News and yet, here we are again, another year past and heading back into this year’s Fête. On behalf of the clergy and your fellow parishioners, I say a very big, ‘THANK YOU’ for all your hard work and energy that makes Taney Parish Fête the success that it always is. Fêtes are wonderful because they bring communities together, each person working for the common good of the parish as we extend hospitality to our neighbours and visitors on the day. There is nothing nicer, when, as a visitor to a parish, people extend a hand of friendship and welcome you into the community, it really does make one feel immediately at home.
This also applies in church. I was in church recently and overheard two parishioners welcoming new faces to the Taney community and when I spoke to the people after the service at coffee, they were ‘over the moon’ at the welcome they received. It can be daunting entering a place for the first time and I would encourage all parishioners, when you see a new face, pop over and say hello. It makes such a difference.
The last edition of Taney News Magazine saw me travelling to Cork on a weekly basis for a training course on Clinical Pastoral Education. That was at the beginning of February and it is hard to believe that the course (run over 12 weeks) is now over and I am back into parish life. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who wished me well. I would now like to return the compliment to one and all as we enter the summer season. As you take time out from work, school runs, sports runs and the like, I pray that you will have a restful, enjoyable and blessed Summer. Travel safely and I look forward to meeting you again in September, if not before.
With every good wish and blessing.
Rev. Nigel Pierpoint Curate-Assistant
P.S. Something to make you smile!!!