Sunday, August 02, 2015

A bad sermon but a great concert, reception and trip to China

HK at night
Back from an amazing 10 days in China - Beijing and HK. Most of this is unbloggable but I can tell you about:
  • The Eucharist in the Cathedral in HK on Sunday where the preacher, an English/Irish priest who was evidently trained in the 1980s. He was preaching on the John version of the Feeding of the 5,000 and was emphatic that "God does not feed the hungry."  He supposed "proof" was the Ethiopian famine which inspired Live Aid. He did admit that this is one of the very few incidents that is in all 4 Gospels, but he though that it was about Holy Communion and the idea of all people living together in peace and harmony.

    Now what's really frustrating is that even if you don't believe in miracles (and if you don't what on earth are you doing as an Anglican priest and why do you choose to preach about this passage?) you can still say many interesting things about this passage. You can say that the "miracle" was one of generosity, and you can explore the remarkable statement that Jesus realised that the people were going to take him by force and make him king, so he withdrew to a lonely place.  You could also explore the OT passage about Elijah feeding on a smaller scale (2 Kings 4:42-43). 
  • Yundi's concert in the HK cultural centre which was the culmination of his tour with the
    Tan Dun with conductor and NYOUSA
    National Youth Orchestra of the USA. He played the Emperor - magnificently, and it was so inspiring for the young players (who all wear red trousers and sneakers). Before that there was a piece by Tan Dun called Passacaglia: the secret life of birds which was remarkably moving and effective. In addition to orchestral playing all the kids had their mobiles pointed to a website which produced a twittering - and so did many members of the audience. It was very effective! Do it at the Proms!
  • Our reception for people (esp women) interested in being NEDs of UK companies. The Guest of Honour was an HK Billionaire philanthropist
    , the very impressive Consul General said a few words, and we also had the Nobel Laureate Sir James Mirrlees.
Back in the UK and had a wonderful but exhausting day sailing. And so to bed.

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