Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Jill and I have been together today July 14th as first thing Friday morning we met over breakfast to catch up then to Lambeth Palace for a meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Gareth Powell, Neil Stubbens David Walton and Anglican colleagues with an agenda which was wide ranging which reflected our concern for European relationships in the light of Brexit and a update by David and Bishop Paul Bayes on the Joint Covenant Monitoring and Advocacy group. Our conversation was good humoured, generous and in the spirit of seeking the Lords will for our world.
We then moved to the chapel in a moving Eucharist lead by the Archbishop as Revd Clinton Langston was collated and licensed as Archdeacon to the Army. A number of Methodists from the forces chaplaincy teams were present and in this ecumenical gathering we shared in the bread and wine, a sort of pinch yourself moment which I found very moving. An interesting moment when I received the wine from the Archbishops Chaplain Isabelle who used to be our local Vicar in Edwalton at Holy Rood until a few months ago.
All going our separate ways Jill and then walked up the Lambeth Road to the office of the Methodist Recorder to agree our engagement over the next year.
I then discovered that the publishing house has sold out of the prayer cubes!