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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Saturday, October 19, 2002
    Lifted
     
    Lifted - by David Bowie's majestic performance of Starman on last night's Later;

    Lifted - by David Sheppard's descriptions of his stance against apartheid despite the pain of disagreement with his MCC colleagues in the sixties;


    And lifted - especially and massively - by Everton's unprecedented win against Arsenal this afternoon.

    The promise of Wayne Rooney already fulfilled days before his 17th birthday, with a fantastic strike that killed off the champs, their first defeat in ten months.

    Lifted by that despite it putting Liverpool at the top of the table.

    I noticed in the church mailing today there's a vacancy at the church across the road from the Anfield ground; the blurb says that "the proposed development plans for Liverpool Football Club add another exciting possibility and dimension for ministry". Pure speculation, of course, but, could, I wondered, an Evertonian cleric take on such a position? Possibility and dimension certainly, but shame also, to add to the conundrum. Surely you couldn't put heart and soul into such a place. And would God be so cruel as to call you there anyway?

    Well, on nights like this, generosity comes easily, town this evening will be buzzing despite the rain, and Walton Breck doesn't seem so Godless after all despite being in the shadow of that red-seat stadium the other side of Stanley Park.