Bolton Abbey Parish Magazine
Being and Becoming
Writing In the September 2013 issue of the Bolton Abbey Parish Magazine, just before my arrival as Rector, the Revd James Turnbull,
one of our beloved honorary priests, commented: we can depend on Simon. I am sure he will feel able to depend on us. It is for others to
judge the quality of my own dependability over the past five years. As far as the second part of James’s comment is concerned I want to say
unequivocally to all of you, both in the Priory community and across the whole parish, that I have indeed been able to depend on you: for
prayerful support, for collective wisdom, for sound advice, and above all for friendship. We have journeyed together in fellowship and I am
grateful for all you have contributed to my continuing formation as a disciple of Christ. Whatever has been accomplished during my time
here has only been possible through the grace of God and through the abundant sharing of our complementary gifts.
I wrote in June about the need for ordained ministers always to be open to a call from God that might lead them on a physical journey
into a new community. But God’s calling is not the preserve of the ordained. All of us are called by God to become more fully what God
longs us to be. We don’t have to move to a new community to be obedient to that call and to become citizens of God’s Kingdom. As
R S Thomas reminds us,
There takes no time and admission
Is free, if you purge yourself
Of desire, and present yourself with
Your need only and the simple offering
Of your faith, green as a leaf.
For all that has been, and for all that is to come: thanks be to God.
With love, and with prayers for God’s
blessing on you all,