Last Sunday evening, my Dearly Beloved and I conducted our last “Pilgrimage Service” at North Ringwood Uniting Church.
Well, when I say last, I mean the last for 2007. These services have been held on the third Sunday of every month throughout the course of this year, with the generous support and encouragement of our minister, the Rev. Dr. Ian Hickingbotham. We’ve also had the great good fortune of working with a terrific team of collaborators, without whom nothing would have been possible – thanks Pete, Liz, Murray, Anne, Nicola, and Barry!
My Dearly Beloved and I conceived the concept of the Pilgrimage Services in late 2006, when conversations with our fellow parishioners convinced us that there was a real desire among folk to have access to a service that was solely and exclusively about worship and worship styles. Not that this didn’t occur during the regular Sunday service – the Pilgrimage Services were conceived as an adjunct to, not a replacement for, the Sunday service – rather, the Sunday service had to meet a whole range of needs for a whole range of people. What we wanted – based on our perception of need – the Pilgrimage Service to do was focus on one aspect of the Sunday service: worship and worship style.