Day two, and Dean Michael Sadgrove led our morning discussion on wisdom and ministry. In summary we explored the points that a leader is a dealer in hope, that we learn by seeing into the life of things and people, that “to live is to change” (Newman), and that we must understand the practicalities of leadership. Ollie Dempsey, a fellow ordinand, commented that rather than simply being practising Christians, we must also be practical Christians.
We headed to the Cathedral for the Miner’s Gala service and although few of us knew the history, the atmosphere was a strong one, and the brass bands with choir sounded great together in the Cathedral. There were so many people in the Cathedral that as we joined aloud in prayer it was as though the place vibrated with the sound.
Lord God our Father, we pledge ourselves to serve you and all people, in the cause of peace, for the relief of want and suffering, and for the praise of your name. Guide us by your Spirit; give us wisdom; give us courage; give us hope; and keep us faithful now and always: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We had a few hours of free time, so I headed over to the chapel for some quiet time to think. A few minutes in fellow ordinand James Scott walked into the chapel to recite evening prayer. 16 years old he reminded me of myself when I was his age. He recited morning, evening and night prayer each day, as I had done for several months at his age. And so sharing evening prayer with James was a very powerful experience for me tonight, and one I’m very thankful for. It has taught me that I need to spend more time in prayer again, deepening my relationship with God.