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

    Saturday, December 07, 2002
    Sheer poetry
    Today I wrote four talks. In advance of tomorrow and next week. So it's no surprise I felt exhausted by mid-afternoon. That and willing on Everton to equalise against Chelsea. Whether it was the task in hand, or the wonder of the Everton renaissance that inspired it, I don't know, but I felt moved to dust off something I wrote while at Ridley Hall: The Role of Poetry in Worship. It began as an idea in Janet Henderson's mind, and ended up as an article published in Anvil. I've put it on the website today as it's a bit of an inspiration. Especially when it's tempting, through tiredness, to get too prosaic.

    (In passing, I also note with feigned horror and some satisfaction that the 'New Photographs" on Ridley Hall's website are actually ones all taken in our year, including two featuring yours truly, one in which we all seem to be rockin' in chapel. Look at Pete Sainsbury's hands working that keyboard...)