Yesterday evening we had our Start-of-Term worship here at Wesley, which was really wonderful, followed by a lovely bring & share meal at the Principal’s Lodge. This term is always a challenging one, with large numbers of assessments due, especially for those of us on the Cambridge University degrees that do all their assessments at this point of the year rather than having any assessments around Christmas time. It is a period of time when feelings can fluctuate rapidly between, as one of my friends put it, “Everything will be ok!” and “F……………………………………………………..!” It can often fluctuate between these several times in a short period of time. You can even find yourself feeling both at the same time! Work has been ongoing over the vacation, but as we enter the final stretch the end seems so much closer, and so much further away (with so many words still needing writing), than ever.
Thankfully, however, I was given a timely reminder yesterday morning why I, we, are putting ourselves through all this. For the first time since the end of last term I was back in clerical wear yesterday, leading worship in the Fens. This quarter a number of the churches I have preached at and am going to preach at have been outside the group of churches I have been on attachment with. Yesterday, however, I was back with the wonderful folk at Outwell. It was so good to be reminded of some of what I have enjoyed most about this year, and of what I look forward to doing most in Circuit, what I feel most called to do, which is assisting folk worship God in a way that speaks the truth about both God and our journeys with God. In the midst of writing thousands of words which only my markers will likely ever see it was really good to be sharing in the presence of the living Word with other folk.
I guess that’s just about all I’ve got time for right now, as I need to get back to those words. In the meantime, your prayers for all those approaching essay deadlines and exams both here in Cambridge and elsewhere, and for all those awaiting the task of marking the work, would be greatly appreciated.