Monday, July 07, 2008
Put like that, it doesn't sound much. Quite official and formal. In reality, however, it was extremely moving and highly charged. As one of the Lay Preachers, I was reminded forcefully of my confirmation 34 years ago, only with a renewed sense of urgency and responsibility. When I read the wording of the certificate (pictured) the enormity of the charge was at once daunting and exciting. I already know what is involved, as we've been doing these things for some time now, but to be formally recognised was an important step.
Afterwards, the atmosphere was like Christmas - there was a great deal of hugging and an encouraging number of broad smiles. And the music was great and +Martin his usual electrifying self. And as Kimberly points out, she managed to cough with extreme tact and spent much of the service hidden by clouds of incense.
We're very lucky, really.