One New Priest, One New Deacon

On the Sunday, guests at the 12pm Ordination of Deacons service at Winchester Cathedral, joked I should have stayed in Winchester overnight after the Ordination of Priests the previous evening. But the M27 notwithstanding, what a glorious weekend where Kay was ordained priest and Sandra, deacon.


There is always an excitement and a buzz around ordination services. They always mark a journey of wrestling with vocation, formation training, parish placements, the impact on family and the uncertainty of a new chapter of life starting out, imagined yet not fully known.   


For Sandra and Kay, it is also a very public statement of their 'Yes' to God who has called them both to ordained ministry. They publicly state in from of the Bishop, gathered ministers and supporters, that they feel called to the ministries they are being ordained into.


Credit goes to the Diocese and Cathedral teams who for a second-year running have hosted deeply meaningful and fitting ordination services against the backdrop of continued COVID restrictions. I remember getting a text message from a congregation member watching at home who described her simultaneous cheering and crying as she watched the livestream of Kay and Sandra's ordinations. Now don't get me wrong, next year with restrictions on guests lifted, we will be back with a coach load of guests as Sandra is ordained priest, but there was something reflective of the new normal as people both physically present and fully present online, cheered and cried together. 


Bishop Debbie's clear joy at her first ordination services tone for the gathering physical and online congregation. Celebration and solemn joy marked the services as I think people celebrated that no virus could halt the call of God to His people, to say 'yes' to his call on their lives. 


And that saying 'yes' gives way to my final comment from the ordinations: they weren't just about Sandra and Kay and all the other deacons and priests. The services were about my 'yes' and your 'yes' to the God who calls all of us to different and distinct ministries yet all in the service of God, His Church and Kingdom.