A message to all those preparing for Ordination to the Priesthood

We have not ordained you to be a caring person; you are already called to that;

We have not ordained you to serve the Church in committees, planning activities, and organisation; that is already implied in your membership;

We have not ordained you to become involved in issues of justice and peace, in the struggle, personal, social, political, against all forms of oppression and idolatry; for that is laid upon every Christian.

We have ordained you to something smaller and less spectacular:

  • to read and interpret those sacred stories of our community so that they speak the Word to people today;
  • to remember and practice those rituals and rites of meaning which in their poetry address people at the level where change operates;
  • to foster in community through Word and Sacrament and pastoral care that encounter with truth which will set people free to minister as the body of Christ.

We have ordained you to BE a priest, not to work as a priest, but to BE.

May God bless you in your future ministry.

Increasing internal storage on LG G3 (D855) using the SD Card

It’s a great phone, and I have no regrets about choosing it over the Samsung or the Sony at the time (I played with all three side-by-side), but that was some time ago and now 16Gb of internal storage is frankly a little light.

Of course you can add an SD Card for additional storage and this is great for movies and music files, but ultimately you start running out of app space. One of the coolest features of Android M (aka 6.0 or Marshmellow) is the ability to merge your SD Card into the internal memory. The downside is the loss of a bit of performance and you lose the ability to treat the SD card as a removable drive (it gets formatted into an internal format thus making it unreadable outside the phone without reformatting) but I never do that anyway because it means taking the back off the phone.

However, LG have disabled this feature.

BUT you can re-enable it.

1. Upgrading LG G3 to Marshmellow (Android 6.0 M)

On the Official LG Website, search for your G3 and you will find:

screenshot-www.lg.com 2016-05-24 08-14-20

Select “Software” and you get…
screenshot-www.lg.com 2016-05-24 08-14-32

Alternatively, the quick link is: http://www.lg.com/uk/support/mobile-phones?superCategoryId=CT00008355&categoryId=CT00008356&search=D855

Install the drivers and then the Mobile Support Tool.

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Connect your phone and select “Start Upgrade” and the system will officially and automatically upgrade you to Android 6.0. For some, that’s good enough because you have the latest official version and haven’t had to wait for an OTA (over the air) upgrade.

2. Enabling SD Card Internal Storage

Now this bit can get a little technical and scary, but bear with me. You need to make an edit to the system configuration and to do this you temporarily need to root your phone. This means basically to take control over it. It’s going to be temporary but you will need to install some programs to help you do this.

2.1 KingRoot

On your phone, go to https://kingroot.net   (note the https is important, going to http will not get you there)

screenshot-kingroot.net 2016-05-24 08-31-28

Download the Android Version onto your phone. Don’t bother with the Windows version, it is in an odd character set and makes no sense. You will need to sideload this .apk file. In SETTINGS / SECURITY  enable the  UNKNOWN SOURCES option. Then select the KingRoot app from your downloads folder and install it.

Run the App and follow the instructions here https://kingroot.net/tutorials to root your device. It will not be rooted the next time you reboot, so all will be well.

2.2 Build Prop Editor

From the Play Store go to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jrummy.apps.build.prop.editor

screenshot-play.google.com 2016-05-24 08-37-48

Running this app enables you to search for the following entry:

ro.lge.adoptable_storage 

This is set to false by default on the LG marshmallow ROM. You can set this to true, save the file and then reboot the phone.

Now, when you go into storage settings. You can press on External SD card, this will bring up the file explorer for the card. Pressing the additional options at the top right and selecting settings will reveal the all powerful option to format the SD card as storage. Woo!

WARNING: This will remove everything on the SD card, remember to backup any files.

WARNING 2: Removing the SD card from now on without reformatting the data to the internal storage properly will result in the loss of stuff. You need to be committed to keeping this SD card in situ and doing a complete factory reset when you want to move on.

There! Sorted.

 

Reflection: Easter 7, Year C John 17:20-26

What you do matters. It may not feel much like it, as you drag yourself from Sunday to Sunday, out to this place to sing hymns, hear Scripture and then return to the fields and plains, the town and city of your life, your family, your work.

And yet it matters. Why?

Because it’s true. Because of your worship, prayer and witness to the love of Jesus makes a difference in this world, empowered by prayer, emboldened by faith. It is prayer that we should think of today: our prayer, frail as it may be, and the prayer of Jesus, praying for us.

Our Gospel today offers a powerful opportunity to see prayer in unity. We are, in our Gospel, brought back on the night of Maundy Thursday, when Jesus gathers his disciples around him for a final meal. He washes their feet, setting an example for them. He shares the first Eucharist with them and then gives them a commandment to love another. And then he tries to prepare them for his departure.

In some ways, it’s an impossible task. The disciples can’t comprehend what is happening; perhaps they can’t even hear him through their confusion and fear. And so when he has said all that they can bear, he promises them that the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, will come to them, remind them of what he’s said, and lead them into all truth.

And then he does one more thing. He prays for them.

The prayer is complex enough, even convoluted enough, that we can forget that it is a prayer. Indeed, we call it the “high priestly prayer” because it is not only intense, but also at portions – including in this reading – rather theologically dense. In some ways, in fact, it sounds more like a commandment – to be one; or more teaching – this time about his relationship with the Father; or even more promises – that they will one day be where Jesus is going and share his glory. But at heart it’s none of these things. It’s a prayer. It’s the prayer of one person praying for others, others whom he loves.

And that’s important. If you’ve ever had someone pray for you – not in general, but really just for you – I am sure you know what I mean.

That’s what Jesus does here. He prays for his disciples. He senses their anxiety, confusion, and fear, and so he prays for them. He knows they can bear no more, and so he prays for them. He knows he will soon leave them, and so he prays for them. And as he does, and whether or not they understand everything he says, he tells them that they do not have to do everything or even understand everything. He tells them that he is there to support him, that they are not alone, and that they are valued and loved.

It’s a powerful moment. And one of the amazing things about this passage is that Jesus doesn’t do this only for them, but also for us. As Jesus prays, “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word…” And that includes us! We are the latest in a long line of persons who have been inspired and encouraged to believe because of the words and lives of those original disciples.

And what does Jesus pray for? “That they may be one.” That we may be one – one with each other, one with Jesus and the Father, one with ourselves. And that being one, we may have peace.

So my suggestion this week, my friends, would be to invite you and those outside this church to hear these words of Jesus addressed to us today. Imagine – really, to imagine – that Jesus was praying for us all those years ago and continues to care for us, to support us, and to love and value us today.

Take a moment to think about where you need to be one, to be more whole, to have more peace in your life. Imagine that Jesus is praying just for you and, indeed, for all of us.

After Ascension we are told that Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father in glory, ever interceding for us, ever praying for us. We have him on our side.

Let us pray…

Hear us Lord Jesus as we pray for the world, for those who do not know you and for ourselves that we might share the love you have for us, so that we may all be one. In your name. Amen

adapted with thanks from http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=2566

Online Baptism Application Form (with configuration) in WordPress

Keeping my finger on the pulse of the nation, one thing I have noticed recently is the number of people who no longer own a printer… after all, why would you need to print anything out? Like a baptism application form, for example… What is the point of having the forms online if people can’t then send them to you?

The advantages of an electronic version are legion: no misreading of badly written forms, the ability to print them off and/or save them as pdfs so you have a record that can’t be lost, a copy in the mail archive (in Gmail, I never delete messages, except spam and adverts) and an easy solution for people to complete in their own homes.

So, the solution is an online form in itself…

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As our website is (like so many others) in WordPress, I have sought out a free, flexible plugin which does what I need. I am using Contact Form 7 which I found to be a doddle to configure.

Below are the two key scripts you need, one for the form itself and the other for the email you get sent:

Form:

<p>Your Name*<br />
 [text* your-name] </p>
<p>Your Email*<br />
 [email* your-email] </p>
<hr>
<p>Church*<br />
[checkbox* church exclusive "S. Mary the Virgin, Bickleigh" "S. Edward, Shaugh Prior" "S. Anne, Glenholt" "S. Cecilia, Woolwell"]</p>
<p>Preferred Date of Baptism*<br />
 [date* date-baptism]</p>
<p>Preferred Time of Baptism* (select from the following)<br />
[select* time-baptism include_blank "In the main service at Mass" "2pm" "4pm" "Other (enter in comments below)"]</p>
<hr>
<p>Child's Date of Birth*<br />
 [date* child-dob]</p>
<p>Child's Full Name*<br />
[text* child-christian-name placeholder "christian"] [text* child-surname placeholder "surname"]</p>
<p>Father's Name*<br />
[text* father-christian-name placeholder "christian"] [text* father-surname placeholder "surname"]</p>
<p>has Dad been<br />
[checkbox dad-baptised-confirmed "Baptised?" "Confirmed?"]</p>
<p>Father's Occupation*<br />
[text* father-occupation]</p>
<p>Mother's Name*<br />
[text* mother-christian-name placeholder "christian"] [text* mother-surname placeholder "surname"]</p>
<p>has Mum been<br />
[checkbox mum-baptised-confirmed "Baptised?" "Confirmed?"]</p>
<p>Mother's Occupation*<br />
[text* mother-occupation]</p>
<p>Your address*<br />
[textarea* address]</p>
<p>Phone number*<br />
[tel* phone]</p>
<hr>
<p>Godparent 1<br />
[text Godparent-1]</p>
<p>has Godparent 1 been<br />
[checkbox godparent1-baptised-confirmed "Baptised?" "Confirmed?"]</p>
<p>Godparent 2<br />
[text Godparent-2]</p>
<p>has Godparent 2 been<br />
[checkbox godparent2-baptised-confirmed "Baptised?" "Confirmed?"]</p>
<p>Godparent 3<br />
[text Godparent-3]</p>
<p>has Godparent 3 been<br />
[checkbox godparent3-baptised-confirmed "Baptised?" "Confirmed?"]</p>
<p>Godparent 4<br />
[text Godparent-4]</p>
<p>has Godparent 4 been<br />
[checkbox godparent4-baptised-confirmed "Baptised?" "Confirmed?"]</p>
<hr>
<p>Comment / Notes<br />
[textarea comment]

<p>[recaptcha id:verify]</p>

<p>[submit "Submit Baptism Form"]</p>
The mail template:

From: [your-name] <[your-email]>
Subject: Roborough Team Ministry Baptism Application Form

Baptism Details:
Church: [church]
Date: [date-baptism]
Time: [time-baptism]

Child Name: [child-christian-name] [child-surname] 
Child DOB: [child-dob]

Father: [father-christian-name] [father-surname]
[dad-baptised-confirmed]
Occupation: [father-occupation]

Mother: [mother-christian-name] [mother-surname]
[mum-baptised-confirmed]
Occupation: [mother-occupation]

Contact Details: [address]
Phone: [phone]
eMail: [your-email]

Godparent 1: [Godparent-1] [godparent1-baptised-confirmed]
Godparent 1: [Godparent-2] [godparent2-baptised-confirmed]
Godparent 1: [Godparent-3] [godparent3-baptised-confirmed]
Godparent 1: [Godparent-4] [godparent4-baptised-confirmed]

Additional Comments:

[comment]

--
This e-mail was sent from a contact form on Roborough Team Ministry (http://www.roborough.org.uk)

 

The email comes through like this:

screenshot-mail.google.com 2016-04-28 09-05-58

Obviously, you need to configure it for your own needs, but the design and layout is quite self-explanatory. Have fun!

Now to think about Marriage forms…

 

RichCopy: for when Robocopy just won’t hack it for big files over the network…

If, like me, you need to copy large amounts of data across a network (usually in my case video files), then usually you will find that Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V just can’t hack it: I frequently get network errors, slowdowns and it can be a struggle.

For sometime I have used the command line command ROBOCOPY (see HERE and HERE) in a series of batchfiles run on timers to make hourly backups of my dropbox, storing the latest versions on a NAS (Network Attached Storage) Server, and them all being backed up by CrashPlan. This is fine for scheduled work like these, but for the copying of given directories, it’s tedious as I have to make a new batchfile, edit it and run it in a cmd prompt. The robocopy spell currently is use is:

robocopy <source> <destination> /R:0 /E /W:5 /FFT /COPY:DT /XO /XD $RECYCLE.BIN "#RECYCLE BIN" .dropbox.cache

where if I am copying a whole directory, I omit the trailing slash on either source or destination and enclose the path in quotes if there is a space in the path ie “C:\Users\Simon\My Documents\backup folder”

A Microsoft Tech has written a graphical utility which has the power of ROBOCOPY in window, and it is called RichCopy. It’s free and it works

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As you can see, it has lots of options to mimic my complex ROBOCOPY spell and works really well. A good tool to have on the desktop. You can save spells you use frequently,  but I haven’t found an easy way to run it automatically from a batch file so some ROBOCOPYing will still need to be done on the network.

More information on RichCopy can be found here on TechNet

Clergy Expenses Excel Template – Free for you to use and adapt

I have completed my expenses for this year, and so I make available for your use and adaptation my Excel Spreadsheet (Office 2016 Version, not tested on others).

I use it to collate my monthly and annual expenses claims and tax returns and over the years that I have developed it, it  has become quite useful to me, so I now make it available to you.

Expenses

 

All I ask is for your prayers for myself and our ministry here at the Roborough Team Ministry: Call it Prayerware if you like.

Download Fr. Simons Generic Expenses Sheet

Crowdsourced Liturgy for Pentecost

I need your voice:

For the Pentecost worship as a part of the Archbishop’s Call for Prayer, we at Holy Ground at Exeter Cathedral are creating something different, unique and special and we’d like your voice to be a part of it.

I need this recorded: (instructions are below)

Give us a zeal to work for your Kingdom on earth, protecting creation, striving for peace
Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy

Breathe on us Lord, expel our sinfulness, stir us up to stand for justice
Christ have mercy
Christ have mercy

Set us on fire with a Passion burning in our hearts for the Lord, to reach out to the marginalised
Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy

Instructions

  1. If you have a phone like an iPhone or an Android, there is usually an app to record your voice – often called “Voice Memo” or some thing similar. I use a free Android App called ASR which can be installed for free from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nll.asr  If you have better recording equipment, then even better, but I have found that most smartphones are good enough nowadays. You can configure it to record at quite a good quality: I would suggest 192k in MP3 or MP4 format if that means anything to you. If not, just record it as it comes and I will do spooky mysterious things with it with electronics.
  2. iPhones will record in the very nice .M4a format. This is fine, but please try and set it to the highest quality you can.
  3. Read (nicely and in the highest possible quality)  the above text. Click here to see the optimum settings in ASR…
  4. After recording select “Share” (or similar) and email it to me at fr.simonrundell@gmail.com
  5. It would be really helpful if you named the file with your name. This will help me collate them.
  6. I will cut it up with all the others and make these into a cool video using the multiplicity of voices, accents, genders etc.
  7. Can you tell others and ask them to do it for me please so I get lots and lots of voices.
  8. This is an offshoot of a bigger project: a desire to record in this way all 150 Psalms please visit https://crowdsourcepsalms.wordpress.com/ to add your voice by recording any of the outstanding Psalms.

Thank you.