If I have a fault – don't all chorus at once – it is that I use too many words to say things. OK. Live with it. For a change, I'll keep it short today. Calling a spade a spade is not usually part of the gently pastoral vocabulary of the priesthood. It's refreshing therefore when one comes across it. TBP has an engaging smile and zero tolerance so the Church meeting ran on rails today. He told us that some might be offended; almost certainly true. So be it. No more anonymous emails whining about ruffled feathers. Good. I was reminded of God's remark to Jonah..'do you have a right to be angry?'
William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury - the only Archbishop, as far as I know, who forty-six years later, followed in his father Frederick's footsteps once said that 'the Church is the only society that exists for the benefit of those who are not its members.' Which is a useful and timely reminder of our place in the order of things.
He is also credited with this:
“Worship is the submission of all of our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness, nourishment of mind by His truth, purifying of imagination by His beauty, opening of the heart to His love, and submission of will to His purpose. And all this gathered up in adoration is the greatest of human expressions of which we are capable.”
Time to put the learning trousers on and get down to work.
The image is of what we fondly called the TSR, the Temple Speech Room at School, where Frederick Temple was headmaster, 'the Doctor', sixteen years after Arnold. His 'tremendous powers of work and rough manner intimidated the pupils, but he soon became popular, and raised the school's reputation. His school sermons made a deep impression on the boys, teaching loyalty, faith and duty.'
The School motto is 'orando laborando' - by work and prayer
This seems quite familiar. I wonder why?