It’s been an interesting three months.
First of all, I’ve quit as an Ignite moderator, and I’m going to remind rm that I also quit as a Summer Madness moderator. It had long ceased to be enjoyable, and I think I’ll get a lot more out of working on the main Ignite site and on the Summer Madness website – as well as being able to put a lot more in. My blood pressure went up too much in 2005 for it to be worth the hassle, and I simply won’t have the time any more.
Out in real life, things could be getting interesting. I’ve taken a job playing piano at Strand Presbyterian in East Belfast (to be formally decided by the Kirk Session on the 14th, so I mightn’t actually get the job!), which I started today. I played on Palm Sunday evening and Good Friday evening as well, and so far they seem to like me.
The big things for me are that having prayed about it and become decisive (whatever next?), I’m (a) getting to lead worship every week and (b) getting paid for it. Over time, I’m going to build up the worship group if I can, and build their repertoire. For now, though, it seems to be a case of building up my own repertoire…!
Truthfully, it’s fantastic to be doing it, and not relegated to playing bass all but one service a month. I love playing bass, but I was really short on opportunities. In saying all that, though, I can’t say enough good things about the Church of the Resurrection. It nurtured me well through some very dark times, and I still have plenty of very good friends there. If I get the job permanently at Strand, I’ll go back to the Res and say goodbye on the 3rd of June.
I also met my housemates from August at the Res, or specifically because they were students living in the Church of ireland Centre (one still does live there). I’m moving into Donnybrook Street, which is rather cool – and the first time I’ve lived away from home for some years. It’ll be interesting, and I’m sure I’ll talk about it further on this blog.
I’ve other things to talk about here, but manana. Posts of mine on the aforesaid forums that I want to talk about in greater detail – but not tonight.