I was down to have this Sunday off – at least not taking a service. However the Rector rang and croaked down the phone, would I take his place at Evensong?
So, I duly turned up at St Mary’s, only to find that the Choir was not to put in an appearance. It ended up with two Readers (Lesley Allen and me) a guest Organist, the Duty Steward and two members of the congregation.
Actually, it turned out to be a quiet, lovely type of service that is Evensong at its best – a moment of stillness before the week gets underway tomorrow.
Nonetheless, it was rather sad. If we keep getting such low numbers, will it be worthwhile continuing a full sung service? I enjoy Anglican chant and this is the only occasion I get to do it.