WHAT A FANTASTIC MORNING! Two gorgeous youngsters baptised at 10.45 and another three at 12.30. On mornings like this you just can’t beat being a parish priest! And when the gathered assembly is swathed in smiles and real, warm welcome is extended to all, the priest included, it feels great to be alive – and I’m immensely grateful to the team here, under Jenny Hunter’s affectionate leadership, who make all the arrangements for these occasions. The Spirit of God visited St Michael & All Angels Bramhall in many and divers ways on this, the Feast of Pentecost.

New every morning is the love
Our wakening and uprising prove;
Through sleep and darkness safely brought,
Restored to life and power and thought …

John Keble

Two young chaps, beautifully (and I mean beautifully) suited and polished, were wearing very splendid cufflinks, obviously given to each of them as gifts on this, their special day. Engraved cufflinks. So I asked the lads to show them to all present. Each proudly did so. One pair bore the initials DC and young D was pleased as punch. So I asked his brother what his initials stood for: JC. Then, with the wise compassion of the very young, with loud and clear voice that made my Pentecost forever memorable, J shouted JESUS CHRIST. Priceless. (Though Mum told me quietly – 😉 – he’d been practising a bit!)

How the Spirit of God warms us. And that warmth makes us thankful, and hopeful, and ever ready to extend welcome for all.