St Mary’s Clergy Letter January 2013

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I begin 2013 as always looking back – I’ve now been parish priest of the two Anglican parishes of Middleton for nearly 5 years and hope soon to be the first ever Vicar of Middleton when we unite St Cross and St Mary’s. I hope this will coincide with our AGM this year in Spring- and maybe we might even have St Mary’s internal restoration and re-Nike Air Max 90 Qs Bleached Denim decoration if not completed well underway!! Hope is what should characterize the Christian life!! For the readers of the magazine who haven’t heard this just means we are uniting St Mary’s and St Cross legally- we will still have two parish churches (St Cross and St Mary’s) but be officially one parish – with one Vicar. This is probably only of concern to very churchy people, but you might be interested to know the difference between the terms that we use for ministers in our church. James and Paul and me are all ordained priests – part of the threefold order of ordained ministry affirmed by the Church of England from its inception in the Book of Common Prayer (the other two orders being that of Deacon and Bishop). At the time of writing, although everyone uses this term in ordinary language, I am not the Vicar – nor is anyone else of our two parishes. I am the priest in charge of St Cross and St Mary’s. “Vicar” is a title given to a priest who then is appointed to a specific permanent role of leadership, authority and ministry in respect of a particular parish. Adidas Yeezy Pas Cher Femme It’s a bit hard to get your head round but you might say “priest” is what I am , whilst “Vicar” is a job description. It’s a fine distinction but an important one. When I or any other priest becomes “Vicar of Middleton” this will mean that person will have a special responsibility and authority, under the Bishop of the Diocese, for the leadership, and care of the churches and people of Middleton written into her or his very job description, as it were. It is not really important what us ministers are called, but it is important what we do as a result of being appointed to these roles by our Bishop who has the authority of Christ himself through his (and hopefully soon her!) status as successor of the very first apostles. I’m looking forward so very much to this coming year – the title I hope to assume isn’t about status it’s more about the sign God is giving to Middleton by appointing a Vicar for the new parish. I don’t know how it will work out in detail, but for me the role will all be about becoming a Golden Goose Running Pas Cher focus of hope for our community. It will be about the Vicar heading a team of people all united around our two buildings as followers of Jesus wanting to follow Christ in servant love. Yeezy Boost 350 Femme Pas Cher For the Vicar the role starts at the communion table, at our weddings funerals and baptisms – but includes every Sunday churchgoer; every person who works for and attends our St Mary’s social club; our team who send boxes of “morale” to Afghanistan, everything that happens in our schools and Middleton elderly aid; everything which happens in our care homes; at our coffee mornings, fairs and prize bingos; at our youth club and more widely everything we do together with our Golden Goose Superstar Sneakers Sale Churches Together in Middleton