Off to church

Like all good Christians the members of the General Synod go off to church together on the Sunday morning when we are meeting in York.  The Synod itself meets at York University which is in Heslington on the edge of the city.  But its only a short walk or bus ride into the centre and to the beautiful Minster. For some it’s the opportunity to get dressed up.  When Dr Christina Baxter was on the Synod she always wore a hat to the service and looked splendid.  There are fewer hats now but still a sense of occasion.

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The beautiful Minster

 

Then after church we make our way back to the University and Synod resumes its business.  This afternoon that will involve debates on welcoming transgender people into our churches, the work of the Crown Nominations Commission, clergy wellbeing and schools admissions. So a real potpourri of life in the Church of England!

But more of that later – now I need to head off for church where the Collect for today will be prayed

O God, the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon us your mercy;
that with you as our ruler and guide
we may so pass through things temporal
that we lose not our hold on things eternal;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

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