A Church by Candlelight!

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On Saturday night our local church held an Advent Carol Service. At a time when apparently religion is on the back-foot and churches are reported as being emptier than before, it was surprising and gratifying to see it full.

Something stirs in the churchyard tonight,
Not ghosts nor ghouls nor anything fright.
Just masses of people climbing the path,
Going to church? Don’t make me laugh!
Inside the church no electric light,
Hundreds of candles burning bright.
The choir sings in harmony with a perfect note,
If they were on ‘X’ Factor they’d get my vote!
There’s been no vicar for over 12 months now,
While the heirachy deliberate, the what, when and how!
I suppose they’ve been busy casting their votes,
Women Bishops? “Nah! We’ll stick with blokes!”
They’re keen on cutting back vicars on the ground,
Administrative centres crowd with desk-bound!
But my one big issue with the church heirachy…
They’ve appointed an Archbishop who’s younger than me!

Meanwhile back in the church the candles still gleam,
There’s no bishop or archdeacon… anywhere to be seen!
© Baldock Bard 2012

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