Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Back again, I have officially started on my course to become a local preacher.  the last 3 weeks have been hectic.  Work continues apace.  Sadly my Uncle died of a brain haemhorrage - his funeral is tomorrow. The work on the house continues with a gas leak being the latest challenge.  I am doing the intercessory prayers again this weekend.  My theme will be the Beatitudes.  I have also adapted John 3:16 and made it relevant to Christmas.  Will chip in again after.

Monday, 14 November 2011

update

It has been a while since I last blogged.  I have now progressed in the journey to being placed "on note" as a local preacher.  On reflection this has not seemed to change me very much at the moment.  I am still full of questions and sometimes doubts, though these days I voice those doubts from within the very presence of God himself/herself??  Does that sound odd.  The thought that I might apply a feminine typology to God or that I can voice doubts from within God's very presence.  Of course God is not a him or a her, not in the way we understand gender.  But I have come to believe that the deliniation of a "He" in isolation to that which is God is limiting our viewpoint.  I have to concede here that the pagans have a point.  I am certain there is a feminine dimention to the Trinity.  Perhaps to be found within the Holy Spirit??  Of course, I maintain that the pagans are wrong is rejecting Jesus, who is fully human and fully God.  The rejection of Jesus also leads by deduction to the rejection of all they seem to hold dear - the feminine principle.  Truly within God there is no distinction of sex, you get both or none, there is no room for one or the other.

So much has happened in the last month.  We had a mains leak in the house and are currently going through the repair experience.  It is teaching us patience.  The Government is playing silly beggars with the NHS again, we now have to work harder for longer and pretend to provide high quality services.  We have been told we are required to clear our waiting list of 6 months within 4 months.  Interesting?  How this will effect on quality of care will only end in one way, patients will complain - an increasingly common occupation these days. We are also heading for a strike on 30 Nov over the pensions issue.  I am not too sure as to how long I will remain within the NHS (or what's left of it - we are currently employed by a "social enterprise- which I cant think of without bringing to mind the USS Enterprise warping somewhere without any idea of where).  Only God can determine this.  I am increasingly of the mind that I stay where he wants me and will go where he wills.  This fits biblically with the wanderings of the Spirit that it will flit where it will. 

I have been asked to do the intercessory prayers again, this time in the morning Carol Service on 18 December.  I am looking forward to this.  I am also due to start my formal training on 22 Nov.  Will be back soon to keep you informed.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Intercessory Prayers 18.9.2011.

Today the journey feels as though it has really begun.  At a packed service at GMC which included fan infant christening (which is always interesting) two adult baptisms, with a further person entering into membership, and holy communion, I was asked to lead the intercessory prayers slot.  This I did via a powerpoint.  With the assistance of the IT guys the presentation went well.  Initial comments have been positive.  Nothing went too pearshaped.  I look forward now to the next challenge.  I understand that there is not going to be a local preachers meeting until November so I am in a bit of a limbo situation regarding the training at present.  However, this may be a blessing from God and I will accept it as such.  The reading today focussed on the baptism of Jesus from Marks Gospel, and ended with Jesus enduring 40 days of temptation in the desert.  I wonder how I would have coped? I got the feeling that the scripture was speaking to me.  Does this mean that I am now going to enter my own poustinia.  What temptations will I face?  Same old ones I suspect!  i must dig deep in the wings of the Father.  I feel this may be a critical time in the journey.

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Sunday, 11 September 2011

Next Sunday 18th I have been asked to lead the intercessory prayers.  It plans to be a busy service with an infant baptism, an adult baptism and holy communion.

This marks the beginning of my practical journey towards being a local preacher which is very exciting, whilst at the same time a little scary.  I have created a power point for this.  i will post next after the service to post a reflective peice.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

NEXT STEP

Sunday 28 August I met with the church council who have voted in support of my application to enter training as a local preacher.  The course lasts for some 17 units so will be a lot of work and should last approx 3-4 years.  The meeting finished with our minister, the local superintendent of the circuit informing me that he next needs to inform me when the next local preacher meeting is scheduled.  I will need to attend their for interview when a decision will be made for me to be put "on note" which comprises the first 3 units.  I hope to keep this blog open and when I am provided with a mentor I will open it up for review by them and my tutor.

Work continues with the application of acupressure continuing to be very exciting. 

Since my decision to undertake this path, I have noticed that my stress levels have eased for which I am forever grateful.  I seem more aware that although life can throw challenges, I am convinced that God will be by my side through any and every venture and challenge



Saturday, 20 August 2011

wwjd 19/08/2011

  Yesterday, I came to be at the epicentre of yet another altercation with the booking team at my workplace.  These disputes fwith members off the booking team are commonly associated with demeaning and aggressive behaviour on their part.  I found time today to spend time in the hospital chapel.  I felt called to the chapel.  When I arrived there I found plalms 95-96 were open on display in the bible.  The psalms spoke of the requirement to worship a God who is above all things and speak of the absolute Glory and Power of God against whom no one can stand.  This knowledge that this God is the Lord who fills me with the Holy Spirit and lives in me in the form of Jesus enables me to face conflict with a new courage and peace; one set in a foundation of a sure and certain awareness of God being at my side. "Not by might but by my Spirit"(Zech. 4:6) is laid on my soul.  It is not our fight but the Lord's.  It seems to me that the importance here is to maintain a close relationship with God.  In fact this seems at the heart of the Gospels. We have to stay in close relationship with God in order to hear his voice, especially when in times of turmoil.  His voice is not the voice of raging storms but the still small voice of calm.  If I manage to continue to have faith in god that doesn't fail then the ourcome is assured.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Beginnings

Yesterday I met with my church minister who is also the Superintendent of the circuit.  It marks the beginning of a journey I hope to undertake in becoming a local preacher.

Why should I do this?  Why now? 

I am a 48 year old Physiotherapist - a Clinical Specialist leading in the fields of acupuncture and non medical prescribing.  A considerable part of my caseload includes patients with chronic pain.  People with chronic pain not only have physical pain but also ffinevitably have to face up to emotional challenges, loss of earnings, loss of self esteem etc.  some of the problems run very deep and may be seen as spiritual in nature.  I have a talent with acupressure and have seen many patients helped by the art of gentle touch.  The combination of this with active listening can provide a powerful healing scenario.  I teach acupuncture to my colleagues and have received positive comments surrounding my presentation skills. 

I have been a Christian for many years and have always had a passion for Jesus.   I have come to appreciate that the relationship with God is supremely important.  It is essential have God as my focus.  Without this I would be likened to a ship at sea in a storm buffeted by the waves and at risk of being sunk.  Whilst being immersed in God means that my "self" is put second, I have found that it is not an "either or" situation.  Jesus' lordship is not like a human lordship where recent events in London seem to suggest that selfishness and greed in humanity is rife.  With Jesus, we are affirmed as children of God and   made whole in him.  If we are look to ourselves, then we miss all the possibilities that Jesus offers.  What I am trying to say here is that the balance in the relationship is key to my growth as a Christian.  If I am self reliant then I become more important in my own eyes.  With that, comes a diminution of the importance of the other and a real danger that I will follow what is in my own best interests - how dangerous is the slippery slope from here to the so called modern truth that claims "greed is good" and that we ought to look after "number one".  Rather I need to become less reliant on self and more reliant on God, who is the source of so much more than I can provide anyway. 

I am due to present my reasons at a church council meeting on 28th August.