Leading worship … with the Bishop present

Very odd leading worship last night at Deanery Synod. Now, it’s something I have done before; I was well prepared; I was even smartly dressed. (No robes but a nice shirt and tie.)

The thing that made it that bit different was that our visiting speaker, Bishop David, was sitting in the front row. (He delivered a first-rate talk, by the way.) Why should that make a difference? Surely our worship is something for us to bring to God, something between us alone? Any yet it did feel rather odd, especially as a layperson leading worship in the presence of so many deacons, presbyters and bishops.

Anyhow, we worshipped God together, and I guess that’s what matters.

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