Reverend Robert S Thewsey MA

Reflections from the Rectory

Dear friends

It hardly seems like a year since we welcomed Sarah here into the Benefice as our curate – what a blessing she has been to us all.

Sarah will be Priested on Sunday 23rd June 10.30am at Dorchester Abbey, and you are ALL invited to join her at this very special service.  It would be amazing if the Abbey was packed with people supporting those who are being priested that day.  In order to let as many people go to this special service, including the clergy, we are holding just one service on Sunday 23rd June, that is a special 8am, BCP said Eucharist at Shiplake Church.  All other services are cancelled to allow us all to attend the Abbey. Please, please do come along and support Sarah.  This is already in the Benefice Diary.

Sarah will then be presiding at the Benefice Service on Sunday 30th June 11am at Shiplake Church, as it is their Patronal Festival.  Following this service there will be a ‘bring and share’ meal, and again it would be lovely if Shiplake Church was packed for this very special service. There will be a guest preacher that day (invited by Sarah) but as yet I do not know who this is.
As Sarah is being Priested it is customary for the congregations in which she is serving to buy her a gift to celebrate this special day. We are therefore starting to collect monetary donations so that Sarah can choose for herself something special that she can then treasure to remind her of this special occasion. Please do all donations to myself (preferable cash!)

If you cannot come to any of these services, then please do keep Sarah in your prayers as she takes the next step in her ordained ministry and becomes a Priest.
We wish Sarah all God’s Blessings on her ordination to the Priesthood and for her continuing ministry here in this Benefice.  We very much look forward to Sarah preciding at services around the Benefice and officiating at her first Wedding.

A prayer for Sarah as she becomes a Priest:

Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the gift of our priests.  Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.
Help Sarah at her priesting and in her ministry to be strong in her vocation.  Set her soul on fire with love for your people.
Grant her the wisdom, understanding, and strength she needs to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.  Inspire her with the vision of your Kingdom.
Give her the words she needs to spread the Gospel.  Allow her to experience joy in her ministry.
Help her to become an instrument of your divine grace.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest.


Yours in Christ,