Holy Island: Meeting Up Quietly on Lindisfarne, August 2014

Having read on the newsletter grapevine that our Edinburgh colleagues were planning a late summer outing to Holy Island, Jamie made overtures and we were delighted to be invited to join them. Our thanks to Clare Wakeley, from Edinburgh, whose original idea it was. Having met up in the coach car park, we gathered to introduce ourselves and join hands for a blessing by Maude Robinson, followed by a prayer read out by Clare.

St Aidan’s Prayer

Leave me alone with God as much as may be.

As the tide draws the waters close in upon the shore,

make me an island, set apart,

alone with you, God, holy to you.

Then, with the turning of the tide

prepare me to carry your presence to the busy world beyond,

the world that rushes in on me

till the waters come again and fold me back to you

We agreed to join up for lunch and then all went our separate ways. It was a beautiful day, and we walked, talked and visited the Historical sites as per our personal interest. It is a perfect place to go to with a small group, for so tiny is it, that you naturally constantly bump into people and strike up conversations, discussing the last thing you have just seen. It was lovely to make contact with another congregation and also to spend time together in a different setting, away from the church.

(Thank you to Jamie, for liaising, and to him and Louise R for driving us up.)