From U2charist to BCP evensong
Our recent Formation Intensive was lively and varied, especially in its worship. Bishop John presided over a full-throated U2charist – one participant remarked that they had not realized how many U2 lyrics they actually knew! From the silent spaces of Lectio Divina with Ven Valerie Hoare to the hilarity engendered by some of the role playing of pastoral scenarios there was opportunity for learning and community building, all within the embrace of God. The insights of Revd. Ann Solari into the role of deacon were particularly valued by many participants, for whom her clarity of expression and her ability to relate theology to practice provided much food for thought. It was wonderful to receive sermons from a number of students who displayed their increasing confidence in communicating the gospel. Our time together was rounded out by instruction in the singing of Evensong from Ven Michael Faragher and participation in that liturgy – a beautiful way to conclude our proceedings.