Who is Paul Sibley?
You may have already guessed this, but the owner and writer of this blog is a chap called Paul Sibley — the domain name and this question rather give it away. I usually write my name as, “…paul sibley“: the three dots are important, ask me about it sometime.
I am a Licensed Reader in the Church of England: serving in the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Godmanchester, in the Diocese of Ely which encompasses much of East Anglia. A Licensed Reader is a lay (not ordained) minister in the Church. You can find much more information about what a Reader is and does on the Church of England Readers Website.
Despite having undertaken almost three years (part-time) theological training to become a Reader some ten years or so ago, I would very definitely not claim any real expertise in the subject. I like to think I’m informed, but very much still on an exciting journey of discovery and learning.
Blog Title and Content
The blog title, kneel in wonder at heaven touching earth, is also the title of the first post written on the blog. The Christmas Collects, where the line is from, were one of the main inspirations for the type of blog being written. Much loved prayers, as are most of the Additional Collects, they often provoke a thought or two: sometimes those thoughts might even be of interest to others. The thoughts and reflections posted on the blog might not always be specifically about the week’s Collect, or the season of the Christian year. Rather, I intend to allow my thoughts to roam, and the reflections here will be a result of that roaming — so may just be thoughts that a phrase within the prayer triggers off.
Reflections on the Collects are to be the main focus of the blog, but the content will include such things as: reflections on other prayers we pray in the Church of England; some of the sermons I preach at Church; reflections on life events, and Church; inspirational stories I come across and find helpful; the occasional joke that gives me a good laugh, hope they amuse you too; odd photographs that I’ve taken; and other miscellaneous items.
I’ve taken a few of those online tests over the years, and each time I have been classed as INFJ — which I gather is quite rare, especially in men.