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Remembering loved ones past and present at weddings

One of the joys of this summer is to have presided at my first weddings. The first was the fulfilment of a prophesy, at least for me, as having a vision of me officiating at my first wedding¬†had been one … Continue reading

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The Rev’d. Mrs.

Well, I’ve been a Reverend for nearly three weeks. How does it feel? A pretty good fit, like a comfortable new glove. It’s a title that I have actually been increasingly looking forward to as ordination training progressed. There was … Continue reading

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My stoles and stories: Ordination and Ordinary

On Tuesday I collected a cardboard box that had been delivered to reception and took it to my room at college. There I tentatively unwrapped what will be my ordination (ivory/white) stole, and the green stole I might where when … Continue reading

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Cross-border funerals and bereavement care

Our parish churches and their ministers, have certain responsibilities. These include, as I understand it, the requirement to baptise, marry and bury those who request such ‘occasional offices’. Whilst reflecting recently on my own past practice in taking funerals, I … Continue reading

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Wedding Admin – the wisdom of limited experience

Today I handed over the last of the administrative¬†responsibilities I have accumulated over my recent years as a Reader at St Peter’s, Yateley: the administration of Banns of Marriage, reading of Banns, and writing of Banns Certificates, along with the … Continue reading

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Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus! Ephesians 1:3-14 (an anniversary sermon)

This sermon should be a lesson to me in checking rotas as it never got preached! There may be other lessons to be learnt too: Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus! Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free; Rolling as a mighty … Continue reading

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God’s worth in a Royal Wedding! Matt 28:16-20

Matthew 28:16-20 (this morning’s lectionary reading) got me thinking about worship – giving God worth. I’ve also been thinking about weddings again – I booked one in last night, and there’s this big wedding in London at the end of … Continue reading

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How can God’s “Big Love” get through the admin of weddings?

The regulations surrounding marriage have been in our news and blogosphere¬†recently courtesy of the Churchmouse. The existing rules, as exercised in my patch of the Diocese of Winchester have also filled a significant chunk on my ‘ministry’ during our vacancy. … Continue reading

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Doing my bit for the Armed Forces – launching new project

Ever since my involvement in a Royal Marine Funeral last summer, I have found myself consistently finding little bits of my life and work linked to supporting our Armed Forces. A couple of weeks ago whilst listening to local army … Continue reading

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What’s so special?

Today I found myself needing to write what would normally be the “vicar’s letter” for a local magazine, except that we don’t currently have a vicar, and I’m not even ordained! However, it has felt important to maintain these slots … Continue reading

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