What a day!

Scan of GNER tickets

This morning

The things they don’t teach you at theological college, part 134: What to do with dead ants in the consecrated wine. I don’t think I had any other option, I poured the wine into the earth outside and started again.

This afternoon

I visited the renal (kidney) clinic today for my sixth monthly check-up (only this visit should have been in November and for various reasons I’ve not gone until now). Anyway, it was both reassuring (because I saw a lovely doctor who really listened to me! I felt listened to; I can’t tell you how important that was) and also worrying (because I had the highest recorded blood pressure (BP) reading I’ve ever had: 180/96! — it should be about 140/60 ish, I think).

Anyway, I’ve been told quite firmly that I need to focus on getting my BP down. A losing some weight wouldn’t be a bad thing too. If I can get a less stressful job with clearer boundaries then all the better, because this job appears to be slowly killing me. And that wasn’t just a figure of speech!

The good news, however, is that I got some good reading done in the waiting room. Liminality, there’s a word I’ve not read in a book for a while. But that’s neither here nor there.

This evening

This evening we had a ministry team meeting: three hours of rotas, after an hour of fine food, fine company and good chat.


We’re off to London on the 08:00 GNER train to Kings Cross, en route to visiting the incredible Steve Lawson and the lovely TSP (ask Steve!).

I may blog while we’re away; I may not. I may just take a break and return here next week. (But knowing me, I probably will!)

PS My email server is down just now, so I probably won’t be able to access that either until I’m back in Edinburgh. If it’s urgent: sorry.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Former Scrum master at Safeguard Global, Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

4 thoughts on “What a day!”

  1. I had friends at uni who used to say that if a mouse ate a consecrated host you had to find the mouse, catch the mouse, kill the mouse, burn the mouse, grind the ashes up then drink the mouse. Also, if you were sick after having received, you had to ingest it again. Both of which suggest that you should drink the consecrated wine, ants and all.

    Come to think of it, I had very weird friends at uni…

  2. Can I ask why the earth is ok, but the sink isn’t? Doesn’t it all end up in the same place anyway? Is there some sort of symbolism of sharing the eucharistic elements with all of creation, which will be redeemed, which just doesn’t work if you use the sink? Or are there rules about this sort of thing?

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