My Janathon exploration today was around Salisbury, and took me to Bill’s for the first time. Here I acquired multiple cups of coffee, a much needed sausage-in-a-bun (I think it was rather more brioche than C.M.O.T Dibbler) which was delicious, and settled down to see if I could write a sermon. It turned out that I could, although because it is for a change hand-written, I think it is far shorter than usual (stop cheering at the back!).
I then mosied (I’m sure that’s a word, but my spell checker doesn’t approve of my spelling of it) on down to Sarum College Bookshop, where I managed not only to decide on a Lent Course (thank you Ann for your help), but found they were running a Tat Fair. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, theological colleges invite suppliers of clergy shirts, cassocks, stoles and other clerical accoutrements to come and display their ways to students who will be ordained in the summer. These events are known as “Tat Fairs”, because there one may purchase clergy tat. I have put in an order for a shirt, which I may describe in due course.
I then realised that I had time in hand so went over to Salisbury Cathedral, for a few minutes contemplation, not least to pray for the Anglican Communion and all those hurt / dismayed / worried / put off church forever / utterly delighted / a bit disappointed by recent developments. No, I’m not going to blog about that. I’m a parish priest called to love and to serve everyone in the parish and that’s that.
It wasn’t all that far, but between sermonising, chatting to ordinands (those in training for ordination), discussions with cathedral guides, and prayer, I’ve travelled a very long way indeed.
Oh, the essential components for writing a sermon? A means of recording (computer or pen and paper), the passages on which we preach, coffee, time undisturbed. And last but utterly essential, a big dollop of Holy Spirit filled inspiration.
Pace: around about right
Distance: world wide
Rector’s rating: 7/10 needed to be longer with more fields!