One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. To behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple. Psalm 27,4.
At least three aspects of this verse resound in me.
Exploring a vocation for ministry: that’s why I’m here. I enjoy celebrating daily prayer at St Matthew’s and I am looking forward to drawing this spiritual exercise into my everyday and working life. That’s how a vocation becomes concrete.
The beauty of God: it was mainly the music and the beautiful and vital liturgical tradition of the Church of England which led me to this tradition in the very beginning. The atmosphere of the Lady Chapel is a good example of this beauty.
Theology: having studied protestant theology at Hamburg University and Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg, for the last seven years, theology is still very important to me. In my experience theology can help to keep tradition vital and doctrine related to the gospel contemporarily.
Speaking of ‘beauty’ I have to admit, that very ordinary and strange things can catch my attention also. Working on old items with a hidden beauty is one of my hobbies; e.g. moving in to the Pastoral Assistants' place I’ve spent two days scraping old paint off a formerly hidden Victorian fireplace to paint it nice and black. I love singing and canoeing, what I especially enjoyed doing in Hamburg, my hometown.