Sunday, January 08, 2006

Nearly there...

Not much going on around here, but just thought I'd put in a random entry...

Today I got up for church, which was great. (I even managed to get there on time!). The service was Covenant and Communion. The covenant service is a specifically Methodist thing. It is the first main service of the year (usually) and is a chance to come back to God and rededicate ourselves to Him for the coming year. The most well known part of this service, and the most beautiful, is the Covenant Prayer:

I am no longer my own but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you or laid aside for you,
exalted for you or brought low for you;
let me be full, let me be empty,
let me have all things, let me have nothing;
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.

And now, glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.

Last year, I had this pinned to the wall above my desk. I may well do the same this year, actually. It was a good and constant reminder of what is important in life and where our priorities should lie.

Also, in the process of hunting out that text, I came across this which I thought a few of you might find interesting. Now, even though I am a Methodist, I don't necessarily agree with everything this says - but in general, it's quite close. :o)

Well, after church, I went for lunch at the George with friends from church. Lunch was lovely, as was the company. :o)

This afternoon was spent not doing much, finishing my unpacking and trying to persuade MSN that I really was online, despite it's determined efforts to declare me otherwise.

Then this evening, Mum, Dad & Tim came down to go out for dinner, as it's my birthday tomorrow. We went to the Waterfall Indian Restaurant. It was delicious and a good time was had by all, I think. Also, they brought my presents from home, so I opened them while they were here - but I'm saving my cards for tomorrow.
The first present from my parents was a Wok, which is great as my old one was, well, no longer non-stick (and probably no longer fit to be called a wok!).
From my brother, I got the 'new' Kanye West album (Late Registration), which I'm listening to now and definitely enjoying... :o)
Well, the last present was a mystery. It was big, heavy, square and had handles. Unwrapped it looked like this:

But opened, it looked like this! :

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It was a food parcel of really nice stuff! All sorts of jars of pasta sauce, cans of soup, Nando's sauces, biscuits, tupperware pots, pasta, basmati rice, soy sauce, milkshake syrup... There's so much stuff in there and it's all my favourites. :o) I love it! Plus the box is great too. Maybe I'll get around to decorating it or something at some point. That'd be fun! :o)

Well, I think that's it for tonight.
God bless!


Welshie said...


And Sorry again! With a capital S!! That food parcel looks amazing, nice present!

I've been to the George with family a few times, tis very nice indeed, glad you had fun!

big dave said...

What are you going to do with the crate once you've finished with it. Perhaps you could fill it with treasure and bury it on the island in whiteknights lake. ps watch out for the ijurtl.