Thursday, 23 January 2014

On the Way

Commemorative Chalices for the Diocese of Wakefield, (126 Not Out but soon to retire hurt...) in production at Bentham Pottery. A Chalice, each of which bears the Wakefield Cross, will be given to each Church in the Diocese following the Thanksgiving Service in the Cathedral on Palm Sunday, as we move towards our new Diocese of Leeds: West Yorkshire and the Dales.

While colleagues continued with the offering of the daily Midday Prayers in St Mary's, during this Octave of Prayer for the Unity of Christians, I was able to spend a helpful Quiet Morning at Mirfield. The Octave has seemed to have more energy this year than it has for a while, and a positive Meeting of our Elland & District Churches Together has produced some creative suggestions for how we might mark our ongoing journey to Unity this year.

After a meeting at the Hospice this afternoon, I arrived back to walk over to All Saints to say Evening Prayer, just in time for the first Hail Storm of the Year.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Why I do this job, and not anything practical or really useful

Why I do this job, and not anything practical or really useful.

Part One in an Occasional Series.

2.59pm, today. (see also following post)

Jovial Delivery Men arrive with new Fridge-Freezer, and begin to measure the doors through into the Rectory Kitchen.

'It won't fit, we'll have to take the doors off'

I begin to move carpets, furniture, cats and other obstacles out of the way of the room doors.

Delivery men walk in with doors from new unit, and return with rest of unit itself.

They meant the doors on the fridge-freezer.......


And that was Thursday....

Conscious that I haven't been here for a while, and aware that today needed to be a day at the PC for reasons I will elaborate on, it seemed reasonable to add a re-appearance on the Blog to today's tasks.

I could blame my online silence on busyness, but conscious that a busy priest is no use to anyone (see here:, together with the inevitable weariness I always feel when all that clergy seem to be able to say to each other is how busy they are, then I am not going there. I do admit to a certain lack of emotional and spiritual energy, given what has had to go into other things recently, which always leaves me doubting whether I really have anything of worth to say. As a preacher, it is something I have lived with for a long time.

However, today was to be the day when the new Fridge-Freezer arrived. Yes folks, the economy is booming, we've spent some money. The retiring machine, having given excellent service for over 15 years and a move, has finally reached some kind of mechanical senility. Money has changed hands, and, for even more money changing hands, the old unit and all packaging was to be taken away and delivery arranged between 11am and 2.59pm, 3pm beginning a new, and even more expensive, time slot. Hence the need to stay at home, and the opportunity to get some stuff cleared.

So, the old machine duly emptied and cleaned, and what won't fit into the back-up freezer all over the kitchen, I waited. 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 2.30pm. Hmm. Probably my OCD, but difficult to settle to anything today.

Surely they will be here soon.

Aah! A phone call, nearly here, there's the Van. Time of arrival? 2.59pm precisely.