Feast of Christ the King
As ever it was a beautiful service, with some fantastic singing from the choir. It was also good to get the chance to meet so many constituents amongst the congregation. There is always a very warm welcome given at the Cathedral.
Bishop Stephen preached on the Gospel of the day which was Chapter 25 Verses 35-45 of Matthew's Gospel. This is passage about feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and visiting prisoners. This is a passage that I hold very dear and which I hope influences my actions as an elected representative. I think that this passage is a challenge to politicians (whether they are Christians or not) and sets a standard which we should aim for. Bishop Stephen certainly set out a number of challenges for everyone listening on Sunday. As ever we were thanked for our service as councillors which is very nice, but which is not something that I look for or expect.