England’s Second City.  That’s how many publications describe York.  Once the historic capital of the north and still the spiritual capital of the Northern Province of the Church of England, York has a rich heritage.

Sam and I were chatting on the way home today.  As we begin living and working in York, we feel truly privileged to be here.  It’s like we’re part of something – perhaps a tradition or a great cloud of witnesses.  We’re part of a long line of sinners and saints who have walked these pavements, entered these gates and worshipped in these churches.

We are grateful.  Thankful.  And appreciative.  Of the past.  And also of what is yet to be.  For there is still a great future for York.   Still more history to be written.  A history that may include us?  In England’s Second City.