Church News | Monday, 9 January 2017 |
St Mary’s was packed to see Revd Anne Harvey licensed as Associate Priest by Bishop John at the 10.30am Family Service. Revd Carolyn led the service and as we were celebrating Epiphany our first hymn was ‘We three kings’.
Bishop John gave the address at which he said how delighted he was to be at St Mary’s to perform the licensing of Revd Anne, as Associate Priest or… should Anne be licensed as ‘Lord of miss-rule?’ Bishop John said that there was an old tradition in Tudor times when people like Anne were expected to go about ‘causing some amount of disruption’ in order to ‘liven up’ people after all, he said, Jesus’ birth caused a great deal of disruption and Herod became very worried as he felt that Jesus would be a great threat to him. And Herod wasn’t wrong of course, for Jesus managed to turn many things in the world upside-down.
Bishop John continued to say that people who are called to public ministry must be challenging and make a great effort to reshape creation, just as Jesus did, by speaking up and by disturbing those who are too comfortable! Bishop John said that we are all called to be bold and speak up for those who are oppressed and have no voice.
Bishop John Wraw then officially licensed Anne during which she had to make the authorised responses. The Bishop then addressed the congregation asking if we would welcome Anne and support her in her new ministry, to which we all said we would, with of course, the help of God. The Bishop then blessed Anne before calling the Ministry team together, Carolyn, Julie, Diana, Mavis and Philip to bless them also.
Following the congregation’s warm and hearty welcome the choir sang a beautiful Anthem called ‘Purify my heart’.
Following the inspiring service we were all invited into St Leonard’s Hall for a celebration drink and buffet lunch. After the lunch, Associate Priest Anne was invited by Revd Carolyn to cut her special cake and to receive a beautiful gift from the church. The gift consisted of wood carvings of the Three Kings and a jar of frankincense and myrrh.