What is cool?

25/06/13 | Posted by Ian Black

A vicar from Nottinghamshire has become an internet sensation. During a wedding she joined in with a flashmob style dance routine with the bride and groom as the church erupted with the joy and exuberance when they were proclaimed husband and wife. The video has gone viral. She has been feted for showing Church of England clergy are not stuffy and kill joys, but prepared to join in with the party. Jesus, after all, went to a wedding and when the wine ran out, performed a miracle that must have made him sure to get more invites, changing water into wine! While many have praised her, there have been voices expressing another view. One tweet read "How many useless dad dancer vicars now feel sick with dread when a new wedding request comes in?" Not everyone would feel comfortable joining in in the same way and it's important to remember that people are different.

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 Vicar and Flashmob at a Wedding

This weekend at cathedrals up and down the country new clergy will be ordained and commissioned for their new ministries.  They are being launched on parishes representing every type of community across the country.  Some of their work will be high profile, glamorous and in the public gaze.  Weddings and baptisms, leading services and school assemblies will bring them centre stage at occasions where there is by and large joy and fun.  Most of their work, though, will be uncool.  Visiting nursing homes, spending time with the bereaved, the lonely and people who don’t fit.  They will make sandwiches for the homeless caller at their door when all the other services have shut for the weekend, help with foodbanks and move chairs about.  They will bury the dead, some of them babies, cry with parents or fight back the tears so that they can hold the service.  There will be moments when they deal with the angry, the hurting, the confused and those struggling to make sense of life.  They will teach and preach.  Some will see them as an irrelevance, a relic from a by-gone age, and at the same time be quietly glad that they are there.

Everything that these new clergy do will be aimed at making connections between the God of love who inspires them and the lives of those they meet.  Sometimes that will seem cool and glamorous.  Sometimes it will look mundane or quaint.  Often it will not even be seen.  By their life and work they will aim to be living reminders that God loves the world he made, joins in with the party, and at the end invites us all to join in with his party in the life he gives that even death cannot have the final word over.  Now that is cool.

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Thanks for sharing.

God works in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform!

I love being a Christian when there are vicars like this to inspire us.

God bless God and all vicars for their sense of humour

#1. By Liz Potter on August 08, 2013

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