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Outlook
News and views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
Issue 3 Summer 2007

Strawberries and cream

Rector

in the open air and in the sun, accompanied by a moderate glass of soft red wine with the gentle and unobtrusive smell of barbeque is the dream of summer weekends and balmy evenings. There are variations on the theme. Sometimes the feet are up and a good book is all consuming. Sometimes we are stimulated by the company and laughter of friends. At other times there is nothing better than to relax quietly, allowing the eyelids a little rest, and soak up the feel of the moment.

If Christians are right in acclaiming an all encompassing and pervading energy who is a God above all gods, and in whom we ultimately find ourselves, then I wonder why we seem reluctant at times just to relax quietly, allowing the eyelids a little rest, soaking up the feel of the moment.

It is good to share faith; indeed it is part of living it. It is good to prove our commitment to the wellbeing of the community in which we live by participating in its life and work. It is good when people are prepared to stand in the heat and smell of the charcoal; the sausages and burgers sizzle away. It is good when people ask why we do church, why we believe what we believe and what is the point of it all. Questions stimulate the taste buds and we can invite others to join and eat.

But we cannot effectively do so unless we have thought the doing through. We have to be. Summer months give us the opportunity to be in the open air and in the sun, accompanied by a moderate glass of soft red wine with the gentle and unobtrusive smell of barbeque: the dream of summer weekends and balmy evenings.

In the middle of deadlines, statistics, the sausages and burgers counted out and the fire lit on time we must take counsel with our-selves and perhaps slot in to the all encompassing and pervading energy who is a God above all gods.

Now the party really begins and I cant wait for the strawberries and cream.