|72: St Peter's, Eastern Hill, Melbourne, Australia|
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Mystery Worshipper: Incense Dependent.
The church: St Peter's, Eastern Hill, Melbourne, Australia.
The building: A 19th century building in 'colonial style' our terminology it looks like a church!
The neighbourhood: Located on the edge of Melbourne's commerical and business district, under the shadow of St Patrick's Cathedral (Roman Catholic) and the Eastern Hill Fire Station.
The cast: The celebrant was the Vicar, Rev Dr John Davis. The preacher was an assistant, Fr Philip Gill. The sanctuary party numbered 14.
What was the name of the service?
How full was the building?
Half to two-thirds full, in a church with seating for about 200.
Did anyone welcome you personally?
Yes the books were handed to us with a friendly "hello, how are you?"
Was your pew comfortable?
Yes, as pews go.
How would you describe the pre-service atmosphere?
Quiet and meditative. There was a real sense of awe and anticipation.
What were the exact opening words of the service?
"In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
What books did the congregation use during the service?
"An Australian Prayer Book" (1978); "The New English Hymnal"; and a very nicely presented pew sheet with an insert listing the readings, hymns, anthem and service music.
What musical instruments were played?
Organ (with a very impressive choir).
Did anything distract you?
There is some stained glass in a side chapel, easily viewed from the side of the church where we were sitting, which is... um... well, I'm sure it would fit in much better in another church!
Was the worship stiff-upper-lip, happy clappy, or what?
Reverent Anglo-Catholic. Everything was done 'properly'. There was no need to announce hymns, for example, as the service seemed to flow.