I realise that those of you who have followed my rambling over the years know that I am no longer lay but ordained. None the less, the liturgists among you will realise that my primary calling as a Christian is baptismal, and I have decided that that will have to be sufficient justification for remaining ‘lay liturgist’! Put up with it, pedants
Now that I am wearing a dog collar, people keep asking me how it feels. When I said it felt a bit tight the other day, a friend commented that yes, of course, because it keeps me leashed to the church! Usually it just seems to illicit funny looks (especially when I’m driving our sporty little two seater…)
Today, though, it resulted in a very special encounter. A crowd of kids at the pedestrian crossing acknowledged a woman coming in the opposite direction with such obvious enthusiasm that I asked her if she was a teacher.
She was, and then she bought me lunch, and told me that she had just got engaged to her partner of 20 years. I offered to pray for them, and she asked for my details. I don’t think we would have had that conversation if I hadn’t been wearing a dog collar, and now I’ve met my first person in the parish who isn’t a Christian, and I have my first people to pray for. I’m so excited….