Monday, July 07, 2008


Originally uploaded by goforchris.
Yesterday's Episcopal visit - apart from being a chance for us all to enjoy our Bishop's presence (and singing) - was centred on the commissioning of lay people to various tasks in the church. So two Eucharistic ministers, two chalice-bearers and four preachers were duly commissioned and blessed in front of the congregation to fulfil these tasks as and when required. In addition, a priest who has been for some time a member of the congregation was given a licence to function as a priest in the diocese of Argyll and The Isles.

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.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations! What a lovely-looking lot represented in the photo!