Today is a funny day. As I look out my window, there is a hive of activity around the church and various people fuss around getting ready for the big service tonight as I’m licensed and installed as Priest-in-Charge of my new benefice.
Meanwhile, I’m sitting and watching unsure of what to do with myself.
In some senses, tonight feels more important to the church than it does to me. In many ways, that’s right. They haven’t happened to have a service like this one for 29 years. They’ve only had two in the last fifty years. They don’t come around very often and it’s a visible sign of a new chapter beginning in their lives.
I just happen to be the focal point of that turning of the page… but it’s their book, not mine.
In that sense, I cross this bridge tonight… one that has been seven years in the making… for others rather than for my family and I.
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