Tea and Theology



Ordination part 1

#695 The first #ordinationceremony of #petertide – it was a #joy and #privilege to see these beautiful people ordained #deacon! #prayers for all who are recently ordained, and those preparing for ordination over the coming week. 

1000 Cranes of Happiness

#503 #day8 of #japantravels was our final day in Hiroshima so we went to the #peacepark and #peacemuseum. There is so much to take from this but a theme of #athousandcranesofhappiness ran throughout. A schoolgirl had heard about the idea and had put all of her efforts into making origami cranes as prayers for her recovery from leukaemia, caused by the radiation she was exposed to at the time of the #atomicbomb blast…unfortunately she died a little over a year after her symptoms became apparent but her classmates continued making cranes of happiness as prayers for peace. This practice continues today with cranes of happiness being sent each year…wow! #diligenceinprayer

Sunset on the college term

#492 #sunset on another #michaelmasterm at #riponcollegecuddesdon Prayers for those working to meet deadlines, #safetravels and for #rest and #recuperation for all of my colleagues as we take space to process all that has happened over this last term. Amen. 

Leavers Eucharist

#311 #leaversday at #riponcollegecuddesdon today with a #eucharist and a #blessing of ordination stoles. It was very emotional and yet fitting that these Godly people move on to flourish in #ordainedministry – go with our love and prayers!

#81 #prayers for all who have lost a baby, that they would be comforted by God, know his love, care and compassion for our suffering. #babyloss

#56 #newbeginnings – My first day at theological college is finally here! New beginnings always come with a mixed set of emotions: nerves, excitement and disbelief are just some of the things that I have been feeling today. Yet I also find it an immense privilege to have the opportunity to study about, and eventually minister to and serve God’s people. #humbling indeed! #prayers for all those starting university, or facing other new starts this week. (at Ripon College Cuddesdon)

#46 Today I took myself off for #sabbath time…time to rest and not work, read, do housework, but just be alone with my thoughts and #prayers. I ended up walking for two and a half hours!! As I was walking, the wind was pleasant, but all around me. I was reminded of a time when someone explained God using a wind analogy – you can’t see Him but you can feel Him, and you just know He’s there. Gradually I began to feel #closertogod and the world around me almost paled into insignificance. Whether religious or not, I wonder whether you take time to rest and just think about nothing? Have you had an experience of awesomeness, and feeling in the presence of God/divine figure/something you cannot quite explain? It can be so refreshing…

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