A meeting at Holy Trinity, Horwich, on 14th June was the first of a new Synod with some new members. It began with Holy Communion, with Jo Smith, the curate, presiding and introduced by The Revd. Stephen Fletcher. We sang the first hymn, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, appropriate because of the venue and also it having been Trinity Sunday three days earlier.
We learned a bit of Hebrew, when Stephen told us that the repetition of “holy” was because the Hebrew language does not consist of superlatives like holier or holiest so to emphasise the holiness of God, Hebrew has to repeat the original one word. The repetition certainly makes an arresting beginning. In his sermon, Stephen preached on the Trinity, the three persons in one and reminded us with several examples, how we are all interdependent and should all strive to come together as one.
A business meeting followed when officers for the three years of the Synod were elected. The important information the rest of the meeting raised was largely to do with the fact that the Deane Deanery has been chosen as a pilot by the diocese in its quest for all areas of its life, Deanery and Parish, to implement a Mission Plan as part of the diocesan initiative re Mission Action.
The evening ended with a lovely supper provided by the catering team at Holy Trinity.
Next meeting: 18th October at St James’, Over Hulton.