Here is mine......
Simply a moment!
The room was full to bursting, seats packed into every nook and cranny, all facing the beautiful triptych window at the end of the room. Voices murmured softly, sending hushed sound rippling over the heads of the assembly, all dressed in their Sunday best. Garbed in an array of kaleidoscopic colours, brights and pastels. Some ladies wore hats of varying shades to match their outfits, others sported coiffure hairstyles or were wrapped in matching shawls. The children, dressed in pretty frilly dresses or bow ties and waistcoats sat at the front, patiently, awaiting the signal to sit up straight and face the front. The mellow tones of the organ burst into life with a short introduction piece, while waiting for the dignitaries to enter.
The music stopped!
Reverend Sturdy brought the assembled congregation to a standing position ready to introduce the new Mayor and Mayoress of the Borough of Telford, who led the procession of leaders and other dignitaries slowly into the room. The Mayor, a quiet, dedicated man who has served the community for many years. His new chains of office sat comfortably around his neck giving him a strong and dignified presence. His wife, attractive in white jacket and patterned dress in pastel shades of lavender and lilac, walked by his side
Everyone tried to view the procession, through gaps between or over the heads of others. The chains of the other Civic leaders, from various local Councils, shone in the light enhancing their suited figures. Their spouses or partners were equally garbed, Following them were senior members of the Church taking their seats one by one filling the rows at the front of the room.
The Reverend welcomed them, gave a short introduction to this “Civic Service” before he introduced the first hymn. The organ again burst into life, lifting the congregation to their feet; and the opening words of the hymn rang out loud and clear!
The Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
consider all the works thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee,
how great thou art, how great thou art!
Jean Green. Sunday 16th June 2013