Yesterday morning there was a wonderful service at St George’s. We welcomed Craig as LLM with PTO (not that Craig is over 70 – just there are complications with getting to a licensing service) and he led parts of the service. Instead of a sermon Mike spoke about the interaction of his faith and work and a few other things!
So instead of a service where I do everything, this was one where we shared the load, and it was great!
When I was a curate, I was in a single church parish where there were 3 (or more) clergy most Sundays. This meant that I got used to presiding, preaching or deaconing. Moving here, more often than not, meant doing everything every Sunday. Suddenly with others sharing the load (and to be fair it isn’t just last Sunday, but I have only just started blogging again) worship became more alive for me (and I hope others). There was something about the interaction, the way in which there were a variety of voices. Also about the space that I gained, particularly during the ablutions, so that instead of always thinking about what came next there was time for private prayer.
As our team grows I look forwards to more of this 🙂