I did a bit more exploring of the ‘outsider’ issue which has been around in the comments on the blog. Down in Bridge of Allan today, we had five confirmations and celebrated Christ the King as their Patronal Festival. If I understand it properly, Dom and his congregation – with some assistance from the Spirit – are busy drawing in outsiders. They are a warm and welcoming community. And what we had today was worship of high quality in the catholic tradition – which is the heartland of the identity of the SEC. Today’s congregation was very diverse – friends and family of those being confirmed. But even those who came from very different traditions could recognise and appreciate the authenticity of today’s worship. I think that may be the genius of the SEC – nothing to protect and everything to share. The sermon was something like this.