Monday is here and the day when we will take the final vote on the ordination of women to the episcopate. The day will begin with a debate on the Armed Forces Covenant and Community Covenants. Then, no later than 11.15, the main business of this Synod begins.
I just hope for two things. Firstly, we need to do God’s will for the church. Secondly, we need to listen to the message that has come from the dioceses to the Synod. That message is clearly that people believe, as I do, that God wills this for the church, that women and men, equally, all made in the divine image and likeness, should minister in each of the three orders of ministry.
It may feel as though we have been here before but as John Keble wrote – and we commemorate him today –
‘New every morning is the love’
There is always a new day with God and the road may seem well travelled but we have never walked as, God willing, we will walk today. Pray that we will find a way to walk together.
God of the journey,
point us to the path you would have us walk
and be our companion on our journey today.