Did you notice our new tree?

A group of United members, ably led and instructed by Kim Leon, installed a new crabapple tree in front of the church on Saturday, the 26th. It was a beautiful morning, and this is going to be a beautiful tree!

It is fitting that this is an apple tree. There have often been comparisons and allusions to Jesus Christ as an apple tree, and a famous poem called “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” dates to 1761, in England. Since then, this poem has been used in hymns and anthems by composers from the 18th century to the present day.

I arise today…..

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:

Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendour of fire,
Speed of lightning, 

Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me:
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me, God’s word to speak for me,

God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in multitude.


from “St. Patrick’s Breastplate”–traditional Irish prayer