September

The sun shines high above
The sounds of laughter
The birds swoop down upon
The crosses of old grey churches
We say that we're in love
While secretly wishing for rain
Sipping coke and playing games

September's here again
September's here again

David Sylvian, "September," Trophies: The Lyrics of David Sylvian (London: Opium Arts, 1989), p. 47.

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The first day of Spring here in Australia, and even in the south of the island-continent time to shift some worship outdoors. Australia has a beautiful tradition of Bush Chapels--open air places of worship. In 2012, I was delighted to be asked to design a Bush Chapel for the Centre for Ministry and United Theological College of the Uniting Church in Australia in North Parramatta, Sydney, NSW: a circle of benches for ministry of the word, a round table at some distance to which people would process from the space for the word and encircle together for celebration of communion. At the opening rite on October 16, 2012, which I also prepared, we communalised the ancient tradition of anointing a Christian altar. Rather than reserving the honour to the leader, all so moved were invited to anoint the table with oil and their own prayer for this new place inviting meeting with Christ ("anointed one") Jesus.