Banns & neglect #wedding
Headed over to Saint Michael's, my local parish to arrange our wedding banns to be read in July. This was rather a bittersweet occasion because, though the parish is located in probably one of the more affluent crescents of Stockwell (Stockwell mostly consists of housing estates, but there are rows of Georgian homes worth multi-millions around here), the church building appeared to be in urgent need of modernisation and repair.
Though I understand the real church is far more than what secularists refer to as simply the building (hint: it's actually the people, under Christ). And a healthy church certainly has no requirement for a healthy building 😉 But having now seen the contrast in the state of this parish building against its surroundings, I've been reminded of the verse from Haggi 1:4: "Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?" Puts priorities in perspective does it not?