‘For all the Saints’ theme today, rather scarily via James Bond and Roger Moore, the Saint. It gave our organist the perfect excuse to subtly weave the Bond tune into the the communion music, though, which kept him and the Basses happy. ‘Give us the wings of faith’ (Bullock) sounded much better in the vestry, with piano, rather than the much slower, and less well-defined organ accompaniment.
‘Lighten our Darkness’ is a lovely, quiet evening service for the community to remember their own ‘saints’ who have now passed on, having the opportunity to light a candle (collectively in the shape of a cross) in their memory. While they did this, we sang ‘God so loved the world’ (Stainer) quietly, a capella; earlier in the service, we did the same with Stainer’s ‘Hail Gladdening Light’. It was a true Stainer evening as we also sang his tune to ‘Love Divine all loves excelling’ – not sure if there was a particular reason to feature one composer so much. The cake tonight was a rather delicious home-made fruit cake – I managed to resist a second piece, although I did notice one of the other altos eating all the remaining cake crumbs, so there was not a single sultana left.