In Isaac Walton’s biography of Herbert, he wrote that many of the parishioners in Herbert’s parish “let their plow rest when Mr.
Herbert’s saints-bell rung to prayers, that they might offer their devotion to God with him.”
It started me thinking about two things; first, what people think or do when they hear our bell being rung on Sundays. Do you
think they “let their plow rest”? As a matter of fact, do you“let your plow rest?”
Around the world there are so many calls to worship, to prayer. It might be the amplified voice of the Imam in the Muslim world, a gong in countries of Asia, or the sound of a horn in Israel.
And, secondly, there is another sound I associate with prayer in church. It is the sound – in some churches of kneelers thumping down – and for us a scuffling comfortable sound as we kneel together.
We worship every Sunday in a house of prayer, so let the Grace church bell remind you that you can “let your plow rest” for a
minute or two and give thanks to God for all the blessings, encouragement and love that God has and gives to each of us.