Friday, 2 May 2008

Two Peters and Cooking Bishops

Today, I had lots of fun and a really good lunch with two Peters from the United Reformed Church. We all went as a trinity during the afternoon to see a bishop being consecrated. That was good too.

If bishops are to be compared with cakes they shouldn't be cooked too quickly. They simply can't be microwaved if you know what I mean. Today's bishop took two hours to cook and that was good going. Last week's bishops in York took another twenty minutes on top of that.

I meant to do some more work during the evening but cooking all these bishops is hard work. My lasting memory of the day was seeing a Roman catholic Bishop being prayed for by a woman Anglican priest. Times are changing - but not how long it takes to cook a whole bishop.

6 comments:

Neil Welton said...

Not too sure about cooking up Bishops.

Too much fat and gristle.

We need something lean, mean and tasty that is good for the heart as well as the soul.

Hmmm. I wonder. Aled Edwards, anyone?

:-)

Aled Edwards said...

Thanks for the posting. Lots of people would make good Bishops I'm told - if they only tried. Every blessing.

Neil Welton said...

My pleasure, Rev.

"Lots of people would make good Bishops I'm told - if they only tried."

I have thought about going into the Church a few times - when I was at school and also at university. I'm not sure about you, but I got this sort of nagging voice in my conscience telling me that I ought to do it. Does God think less of us if we decide not to "do it"? Perhaps I will still go on to "do it". However, if I still decide not to "do it", why does the voice still tell me to "do it" - even though I have decided not to "do it"? Will God still think less of me for refusing to "do it", even though the voice has been telling me to "do it"? Gosh, I hope you're all following this. If nothing else it is a warning to parents everywhere - never educate your children in Christian schools. :-)

Anyway, just wondering. It is a question I have often had since the days of my youth. Oh, I'm being serious - this ain't no joke.

Nice blog, by the way - it is "different". I like difference - we should celebrate difference. In difference we can all find and celebrate God.

Aled Edwards said...

Hi Neil - Just a thought - I don't believe God thinks less or more of us because of the decisions we make in good conscience. I believe he's a loving God who grants us the freedom of choice and loves us anyway. Such is his grace.

He also tends to set a seed in us that warms to his will for us - whatever that is. That warmth, when it is genuinely of God, rarely goes away.

These days, selection panels are both thorough and good at helping people discern a vocation. Pray some more about it perhaps.

Thanks also for the comments about the Blog - I embrace your comments about difference. So does God I think. He made it.

Neil Welton said...

Thanks Rev, sir, appreciated.

"...decisions we make in good conscience."

I had not thought of that angle.

"He also tends to set a seed in us that warms to his will for us - whatever that is. That warmth, when it is genuinely of God, rarely goes away."

I have always sensed this warmth.

I now sense that it will never go away.

Reassuring to Christian parents everywhere.

You make me sound like a sunflower. Perhaps I am a sunflower but I have been at the wrong angle for a long while - too long in the shade. Thank you for moving us a little nearer and also closer to the warmth of the great Son.

"Pray some more about it perhaps."

I shall reach upwards - like a tall sunflower.

Aled Edwards said...

Go for it!