The last Lord's Day was quite encouraging in more than one way. The first thing was that I had not had a great couple of days beforehand in some ways (my wife was a way in Aber, etc). Paradoxically, such a preparation period means you can put no confidence in the flesh at all come Sunday, which should be the case even after a brilliant week but tends not to be the case.
Another factor was a full congregation in the morning and not too bad a one in the evening. In the morning there were at least seven visitors of various sorts plus the return of two newcomers from last week and two or three shows from folk who are not always there. We also had Nigerians, Filipinos, Koreans, Iranians, etc, present as well as Western Eurpeans (no Eastern Europeans, sadly).
I also preached well from Galatians 5:1-15, a seminal passage, and Matthew 12:15-21 (the prophecy of a quiet and gentle Saviour from Isaiah 42). The other feature of the day was that after last Sunday's problem we decided to give up on hymn boards and just rely on what is written on the notice sheets,which threw some but is the shape of things to come. After the evening meeting I headed to my sister's in South Wales but more of that anon.