Today is the 5th anniversary of my induction as vicar of Holy Trinity West Bromwich. It seems like no time at all since I rang the bell of the church 13 or 14 times, indicating that we hoped to stay in this community longer than we’d stayed anywhere in our first 13 years of marriage.
So what should I make of the first five years? Through the filter of the ministry of the word and prayer (and sacraments) then what follows is an evaluation of occassions spent preaching and teaching. It’s exciting (at least to me) to think about all that has been proclaimed.
I’ve preached over 210 different Sunday sermons (sometimes one sermon three times on a Sunday). Led as many bible studies (sometimes two a week). We’ve held four SOUL courses, and a few of it’s predecessor for us, Just for Starters. I have held five and a bit Lent courses (Cross Centred life, Lost for Words, God’s Big Picture, Everyday Church, Battles Christians Face and currently, Frontline). I have conducted about 100 funerals and 8 or 9 weddings. Assemblies and school services number around 100. This moring we did the greatest commandment. That’s quite a lot of proclamation.
My recent timesheet shows that all of the above only constitutes around 11% of my working time (preparation for the above is another 16% of my working time). Proclamation is the tip of the iceberg, as far as what people see of this vicar’s working time. I would love it to be more.
In the meantime, happy anniversary me. May the Lord continue to use me to make known the mystery of his will, which is to unite all things under one head, who is Christ.