This evening’s business was lacking in the suspense or tension of the day, but no worse for that. Reports are always an important element in the life of any body and this evening reports were received from the Church Commissioners and the Archbishops’ Council. But it is also important how we say goodbye and thank you to people, and meetings of the General Synod are always an opportunity to do that.
This evening the Archbishop led farewells to two people.
Andrew Britton, who is a Lay Canon of Southwark Cathedral, and has been Chair of the Finance Committee of the Archbishops’ Council since 2007, retires from his post and the Synod, Andrew is a great colleague and the ultimate ‘safe pair of hands’. We mill miss his calm wisdom. However, we are delighted that he continues as a Reader in the diocese and a Canon of the Cathedral.
Bishop Michael Langrish, the Bishop of Exeter, was enthroned as bishop of that diocese in 2000. Michael has been a defender of the traditional catholic position in the Church of England and was one of only four diocesans who would not ordain women. We wish him well in his retirement.
Tomorrow we move to the final business of this Group of Sessions. Now we sleep.
Keep watch, dear Lord,
with those who work, or watch,
or weep this night,
and give your angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary,
bless the dying, soothe the suffering,
pity the afflicted, shield the joyous;
and all for your love’s sake.