Thursday, November 23, 2006

Pilgrim's progress

On December 13th I will have my official meeting with the rector to discuss discerning my call to ministry. This frightens the pants off of me which actually wouldn't be so bad since I'm wearing my"cooking jeans" which are two sizes too big, cropped to mid-calf with kitchen shears and never have been outside my apartment.

I expected to have the discernment chat about this time next year. The first pseudo-chat was a year ago with another priest and I didn't think it went awfully well, I was a newcomer to the parish.

At any rate my relationship with the rector is much stronger now so I'm hoping to be encouraged to pursue ordained ministry. It's not that I think any of the other forms of minstry are less important, it's just I feel called to clergy and I think I have been blessed with the gifts to make a good priest.

Still, it's frightening. This is becoming so Real. I'm constantly feeling myself being pulled away from secular life and it's very odd. I don't want to be an ivory tower pastor and I don't think I could be if I tried since I'm such a gregarious goofball. I'd rather be in the work of nuturing souls on their journey to God than do anything else in the world, and I suspect that's exactly what I'm called out to do.

Also, I'm pleased to announce that on November 19th, 2006 I was confirmed as a member of the Anglican Communion in a lovely ceremony by our lovely female bishop. In celebration of that, I think we ought to look at the "to do" list posted and do some line drawing!
  • Get Confirmed
  • Become beloved, loyal and faithful member of church>
  • Graduate college
  • Convince committee on Holy Orders and Bishop that I would be a good priest
  • Go to seminary
  • Graduate seminary
  • Become junior woodchuck priest
  • Get assigned to a church (I think)
  • Fulfill mission from God.


Blogger LutheranChik said...

Blessings to you on this journey, from a supportive delurker.

4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, blessings! And empathy also, from a United Methodist sister who's out of the seminary and enquiring/exploring/certified toaster, and in the first of three years of probation as a pastor!

Mary Ann

6:09 PM  

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