Outlook Issue 20 Winter 2015
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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8 experience of this real to others, and several people whom she advised described her as a ‘light’. Within much of her writing there is a playful humour; she describes being asked for a publicity photo which should be ‘mystical and strike a personal note’ and ‘in a spirit of pure devilry’ she sent in a picture of herself dressed for a fishing trip in the Isles of Scilly. The publisher was annoyed, but used it! In the Practical Mysticism course, we practised using Evelyn’s phrase, ‘an attitude of disinterested adoration’ during daily activities. I think that members of our group would agree that this began to change our perception of everyday life, transforming it into something more deep and holy. Having studied her books over several years, I have found her guidance and sense of quiet, loving faith something well worth following, even if haltingly. John Davis Try a course this Autumn What does it mean to have a faith? What is the Bible really telling us? Can we do anything about injustice in the world? Just some of the questions being explored as part of St Mary’s busy programme of Time to Reflect courses, which all are welcome to attend.  Living Faithfully considers our lifestyles in the light of our faith, such as handling money, nurturing friendships and living in an online world.  Learning about Genesis, a scholarly study led by the Revd John Hare.  The Gospel in Action examines issues for the Church around the world.  Living Advent reflects on 25 Nativity pictures in the weeks up to Christmas. For place, dates and times, see p.22. Further details at back of church. Supporting the homeless Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among men with whom he is well pleased. Luke 2:14 Familiar words at Christmas time! But what do they mean for us? Surely not that ‘if God is pleased with you, then you can have peace, otherwise not’?! Other translations say, ‘Peace on earth among men of good will’. Together both renderings can give us a complete understanding of what God’s message was and is still today.