A lot has happened

Yes, a lot has happened since I last posted. I have been to a retreat centre as a volunteer, finished the introductory units of Faith & Worship, had a breakdown and passed my trial service.

So, in order, I had ten days available while my son was away with Scouts. Between my poor mental health, and the library of religious books I knew to be at the retreat centre, it seemed like a good idea to have a plan rather than sit alone at home.  I am so glad I went. To live within a christian community, sharing a common purpose and fellowship was wonderful – if only I was childless and a Roman Catholic, I would take holy orders. 

Coming home to my son was wonderful too – it is remarkable how much a 13 year old can change in such a short period of time. He seems to have become a man in the time he has been away – or maybe I could look at him with fresh eyes.

The introductory units of Faith & Worship conclude with an in-depth study of the Gospel of Mark. Using several commentaries from the house’s library, I completed a verse by verse study of the Gospel.  It took the full ten days and, even now, I am adding to it most days with further commentaries lent to me by friends. I think this is a project that will never be finished!

The next unit requires me to do the same for the other synoptic gospels which means cross-referencing them with Mark for a comparative study.

My breakdown I will say little about except that I am glad it is over.  I was fortunate that people who care about me sought help on my behalf. I am improving each day.

Finally, my trial service.  What a rollercoaster of a day that was.  The service was scheduled for 6pm and, when I got up that morning, I wanted to glance over the service I had planned, make a few improvements and print it off.  I couldn’t open the file.  Somehow, in the space of a day, it had corrupted.  Cue grabbing a huge pile of books, my notes and the laptop and starting over.  I ended up (I think) with a much better sermon.  And I passed.  The next step is to be passed to On Trial which will happen at the next Local Preacher’s meeting.  Once that happens, I can fly solo.  I don’t know if I am excited or scared but, sometimes, I think there is not much difference between the two anyway.

God Bless You x

 

 

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