There’s no denying that Methodism is a peculiar beast. One of our most baffling peculiarities, to non-Methodists at least, is “stationing” — the system by which ministers are matched to their appointments. I mention this only because the annual round is just beginning. This weekend has seen the delivery of the profile books. A set for ministers who will be looking for a new appointment, which describes what’s available. And another set for the churches who’ll be looking for a new minister, which describes who’s available. It’s with that in mind that blogger gentle hum offers A Prayer for the Stationing Process
In the searching and the reading,
In the praying and the discerning,
In the wondering and the worrying,
In the hope and the vulnerability,
In the questions and aspirations,
On the pathway to somewhere new,
Lead us, prompt us and inspire us loving God
May we see possibilities in new places and faces,
As others do the same in the spaces we now inhabit.
If things get tough and uncertainty crowds in, may we know that we are always held, always loved and always valued no matter what our role or station.
“God has created me to do some definite service”. Nothing is wasted.
“May I be employed for you or laid aside for you, exalted for you or brought low for you. Let me be full, let me be empty, let me have all things, let me have nothing”
May we all know peace, grace, hope and life in the days of change which lie ahead.
I’d only add, “Please can you make sure we get the people we need in Shropshire.”