Enabler for Older Persons Ministry June 2017

Dear friends,

By the time you read this it will have been announced that I am retiring from my role as Enabler effective on 31st July.  It has been a privilege to serve God in this ministry and to meet so many more wonderful people around our diocese.

 This month I will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of my ordination as a Deacon in Liverpool, UK, by Bishop David Sheppard and his three episcopal colleagues.  I knew that I was called to ministry from my childhood and I am so pleased and privileged to have fulfilled that calling in three different parishes in the UK, then as Canon in Wellington Cathedral before becoming Dean of Nelson in 1994.  I still believe that the ordained ministry is the best job in the world.  I am looking forward to celebrating the Eucharist at Nelson Cathedral on June 25th to mark my anniversary.

 May I remind you that June 15th is World Elder Abuse Day?  Please remember this day by working to care for vulnerable older people in your parishes.  In a recent communication to all of our eldercare ministry leaders I included this prayer which I had written:

 Heavenly Father,

Your son taught us how to love, sacrificially,

and never to exploit the weak and vulnerable.

We pray for older people who are the victims of abuse

and who feel lost and hurt and helpless as a result.

Help us to listen to the cries of older people in need

and to respond with the protective love that is sourced in you.

May our families and communities learn to cherish people of all ages

and to learn from those who have much to share.

We ask this in the name of the devoted son,

Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

 Please feel free to use the prayer in your services and gatherings.

 Best wishes,

 Charles Tyrrell QSO

Enabler

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