Old Pews

Old Pews
He grips the pulpit and his knuckles whiten then burn. Soon Team Vicar will arrive and he will be redundant. Mission communities. The bishop’s latest venture to provide God for all. He regards his time-served flock. Their seven faces frown. Two decades ago, there were forty of them. And forty years ago, when he began this adventure, all the pews were full. They will fill again. Gritting his teeth, he sees this clearly: the elderly gracefully encouraging the middle-aged; the middle-aged embracing one another and welcoming the young. Multitudes of youngsters. They will need more pews.

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