I lack discipline. I’m an ideas person and I’m always coming up with new ones. I’m not always so good at seeing them through. Part of my commitment when getting ordained is to say the Daily Offices of the Church of England (Morning, Evening, perhaps even Midday Prayer) every day. They don’t take too long, but as part of my role is to pray for, with and about the parish I serve, the Church and the World, it’s a pretty important thing to do. Problem is, it’s a lot easier to be under that discipline when another organisation or body (say, theological college) puts on the Offices for you. When it’s down to me, I can find all sorts of reasons not to do it. Hence putting this on the internet to challenge myself, for one thing.
Last week, I had the great privilege of tweeting as @OurCofE – a really exciting and intriguing initiative from the Church of England. One of the things I found myself doing was drawing attention to the Gospel Reading for the day, making a few quick comments, or asking a couple of questions, and then watching the debate unfold. It was a lot of fun, and people seemed to really like the opportunity to discuss the Bible. As a result I said I’d try and keep it up on my own Twitter feed (@haydonspenceley). As I thought about it this morning, I’ve come up with the idea of adding a new section to this site, Lectionary Ramblings. There, I will commit to attempting to present a few thoughts on the gospel reading each day. They won’t be long reads, just whatever I come up with first thing in the morning/last thing at night. That way I’ll be ensuring I’m doing the reading/praying I’m meant to do, as well as hopefully stimulating you to think. We’ll see how it goes and I’ll try not to chicken or flake out!
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