Recently some of us went on the Brighton & Lewes Archdeaconry Pilgrimage to Chichester Cathedral.
We met various other local Christians on a glorious sunny morning at Hunston and after a short explanation of the plan we joined in prayer before setting off along the canal path.
There were about 20 people from various Sussex churches including Bishop Richard and Archdeacon Martin. It was suggested that rather than discuss the weather in typical British fashion, we used the journey for discussions with our fellow travellers and spent time with new people along the walk.
It was a lovely walk in beautiful sunshine and most enjoyable sharing time with new people and was easier than I initially felt to discuss the suggested topics.
We were asked to use the first part of the walk to ask others about what brought them to faith and life in the Church and to be prepared to answer when others asked us.
The pilgrimage continued with pauses for prayer together and new topics for discussion.
On the second part of our journey we were tasked to ask others what they are good at, what they enjoy, and what their gifts are.
The third suggestion was to ask others about how they, with other members of their Church, could use their gifts and experience, to make a small difference to others.
It is often difficult to talk of our own gifts and talents, I was discouraged from boasting or bragging when growing up, however we all have God given gifts which we must use for the benefit of God's kingdom and those in it.
At the Bishop's Palace we joined other pilgrims and we all progressed to the Cathedral for a Eucharist, followed by a picnic in Paradise (which is part of the Cathedral grounds)
Almighty Father whose Son Jesus Christ has taught us
that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters we do also for him:
give us the will to be the servant of others as he was the servant of all,
who gave up his life and died for us,
but is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.