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The Meenister’s Log

Christmas Eve and a Watchnight Service at St.Ann’s in Charlotte Street, Port of Spain.

My associate, the delightful Rev Gerry Chen, was to preach the sermon, while I would handle the prayers and readings.

At almost twenty-five to midnight (the service was scheduled to start at 11.30 p.m) I thought that we’d better get started, even though Gerry hadn’t arrived.  Prayers with the choir, and then in we went.

We sang the first hymn, folowed by a short prayer,another Carol, the Nativity narrative – still no Gerry.

By the time we got to “Hark! the herald angels sing” and he still hadn’t appeared, I was mentally and desperately trying to cobble together some old illustrations (yes, friends, I’ve got loads of them, as you will have gathered if you’ve been following this blog  – YOU at the back, waken up!) which could be joined together to form some sort of Christmas message.

And then , during the last verse, the unflustered Rev Mr Chen, strolled into the church,went up to the pulpit, and, unrushed and unhurried, started the sermon – which finished at exactly 12 midnight.

Afterwards, I asked him what had delayed him – car trouble? domestic problems?

Nope:  he explained the reason as if it were the most obvious thing in the world:  “It was raining heavily, so I thought I’d better wait until it was a bit drier”

Happy Christmas

And God bless you, the Rev Gerry Chen – a truly lovely and devout man

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