One week on….

Do you remember the rhyme Solomon Grundy?

Solomon Grundy, 
Born on Monday
Christened on Tuesday
Married on Wednesday
Took ill Thursday
Worse on Friday
Died on Saturday
Buried on Sunday
That was the end of Solomon Grundy.

It has felt a bit like that this week.  
Revd Claire
Priested on Saturday
Robing Clergy at Deaconing on Sunday
Cavity Wall insulation on Monday
Lunch on Tuesday
Sound Systems on Wednesday
First Ministry at Time of Death; first BCP presidency; first Wedding rehearsal; first Common Worship presidency on Thursday [now that was quite a day]
First Wedding on Friday
First Flower Festival and Art Exhibition on Saturday
First Parish Presidency on Sunday
Not quite the end of Revd Claire!

It has been a week of intense ups and downs – I have never been asked to pray with someone who is dying before, and found that very moving and quite hard…but also such an immense privilege.  The person appeared to be unaware of what was going on, yet grasped my hand very firmly during the Lord’s Prayer.  That has led to another first happening later in the month – first funeral where I visited the person as they were dying.  It also make me stand in awe at the work of hospital and hospice chaplains.  It isn’t my calling, and I thank God that there are those who are called to that ministry.  

The wedding, on the other hand, was stressful joy from beginning to end.  I have to admit I am not an expert on the etiquette of where more distant family members should sit in church (I tend to the view that if I’ve got the bride and groom, best man, chief bridesmaid, giver away, readers and witnesses somewhere in my sightlines, everyone else can fend for themselves.)  I do know which is the bride’s side, and which is the groom’s, and do take some notice of where parents are sitting…..


First presidency was just great, and I loved every minute.    


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One response to “One week on….

  1. The privilege of Ministering to people as they are dying is probably the one area of ministry that caught me most by surprise. The privilege of being allowed to pray with someone as they breath their last, to hold them, and then to lie them down, where they have gone knowing that you will care for those who will grieve their passing is an amazing honour. To then accompany them on their final journey points to this being a very Christlike role that we are asked to fulfil.

    On the very odd occasion when this has not been a peaceful place, then I can also vouch that the pain of that place is something that takes a long time to heal. Having reflected upon this, I think that this is because it runs so counter to how we know that this can be.

    Congratulations on EVERYTHING that your week has contained and most of all, CONGRATULATIONS on knowing that God is at work in your life, and that you know that he honours and takes seriously those promises that you made to him.

    May God continue to bless you in your ministry.

    Ian

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