|Be still and know
||[Sunday 13th November 2016 at 4:51 pm]
Church today had a strong anti-war message (swords to plowshares and all that - Micah 4:3) - it being Remembrance Sunday, this isn't surprising. This might actually be the first Remembrance Sunday service I've ever been to and taken part in - oh, when I was young we would all go to St John's BBH every week but elemnar and I would disappear off to whatever the Sunday school was called back then (either in the church hall, or down the road at what was called the "Free Church"), while the grownups got on with the rest of the service. But over the years we ended up going to church less and less, and by the time I started university I'd stopped almost entirely except for Christmas/Easter.
But anyway, this year's resolution is holding fast and I'm actually glad that I'm going to church again and getting involved with the church community. It's only taken me, what, 9 years to properly settle in Fareham! Ironically this has happened about the same time as a few work opportunities appeared further afield, one or two I'd have jumped at a year ago but today I'm looking at and thinking that I actually want to stay in this area. This has slightly scuppered the "masters/PhD at Sussex" plan as commuting from here to Falmer is not ideal, although not impossible (and moving a short distance along the coast is not out of the question...).
Speaking of university, one thing that caught my ear at today's service was one of the songs we sung: a variant of God is our Strength and Refuge. It sounded rather familiar, but I couldn't quite place it until the last verse with "Be still and know your creator" - "Be still and know" is Sussex University's motto, and is taken from Psalm 46. There you do, that's today's random trivia!