Being an Ordinand
Rebecca and Owen have just started their second year of training to be ordained in the Church of England. The first of year of study, has been exciting and challenging in many ways and they are looking forward to continuing to discern God's call while delving deeper into God’s Word.
Graham, one of our lay readers, felt a call to ordained ministry and has started training this year. Training has so far allowed them to invest deeply in Theology that feeds good mission, invest in their prayer lives, experiences and practices in ministry and mission.
Ordination Training like Medicine requires continuous learning even after being ordained into the Deaconate or the Priesthood. What they have learnt so far is that there has to strong commitment, faith, dedication, love and selfless service. It also involves independent learning and being resourceful. But most importantly, it is about being obedient to God and His calling. As we are reminded in the Ordinal, we are called to be a servant, shepherd, messenger, sentinel and steward of God. God has blessed us with gifts to utilise them for His glory and serve others. God has brought them to this stage for a reason and they need to rely in His strength and confidence.
They have experienced many joys and challenges so far in their training institutions and have learnt so much.
So let us pray for all of them as they continue on this journey.
Lord, we thank you for those who have joyfully responded to you call to ordained ministry,
bless them as they prepare to proclaim Your Word,
to administer your sacraments,
to teach the faith,
to lead others in holiness of life,
to work for peace and justice,
to comfort the sick and dying
and console the bereaved.
May Christ, the Good Shepherd, guard and guide them.
If you feel you are being called to ministry whether lay or ordained please talk to the Chaplain.