THE CASE CLOCK in the Sacristy here is one of my favourites – and I’ve been a clock lover (and sometime restorer) for as long as I can remember. Tempus fugit – some say: time flies. And that’s often how time feels when we set out to pray. Don’t-know-what-to-say-and-haven’t-got-time-for-silence-(or-you-for-that-matter-Lord)-today. But not in our Sacristy. Not with this case clock. This one’s old, and graceful, and peaceful, possessed of the most wonderfully solemn and heart-rate-slowing tick … and … tock. To “be in the presence” of this clock is to be brought to stillness, silence and prayer. And these three elements, in an approach to worship, are as important and as necessary, for me, as air. To “be in the Presence”. This is redeeming the time.

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