It has been a week of celebrations with a Farewell from London Inter Faith Centre on Wednesday 27th, followed by a Farewell from the parish on Sunday 31st March.
A blessing for Fr Laurence retirement
Laurence, as you leave this season of your life,
may you be thankful for the gift of your work down the years:
for the people you have met,
for all it has given you and grown you,
and those things you have longed to bid farewell to.
May you treasure your memories, trust your achievements,
offer any sense of incompleteness,
and let the sadness come,
because you have loved and been loved here.
As you allow yourself to be called to the wonder of new horizons,
may you find a freedom beyond work
and be awakened to a different kind of adventure
where you can unfurl naturally,
walk to a new rhythm,
listen to the earth and the sea,
and follow the stirrings of your heart.
May you know the blessing of rest and health,
of time with friends and family,
and may you be surprised like a child by all you discover.
Grow in wisdom and peace,
and may the grace of the spirit be upon.
Go Forth from this place Laurence
in the name of the Father,
and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen! Amen!