|Letters from 20 to 27 June 2011
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at play (if only two of us . . .)
response to leisure time activities, mine include reading
frivolous novels (read, "murder mysteries"!), following Formula
1 racing in season, and following my freelance photographer
husband around to road race tracks and assisting him in photographing
drivers of high performance cars at said tracks. Oh yes,
and bird watching and gardening.
Grace Episcopal Church
Norwalk, Connecticut, USA
22 June 2011
that "leisure" or "recreation" are what refresh me and keep
me sane, here are some things I do. Garden — trying to make
Indiana clay productive, and to get rid of a large and not
flourishing lawn. Reading gardening magazines. Reading frivolous
books — mysteries and science fiction/fantasy. Playing with
my two cats. Baking and cooking, reading cooking magazines.
Sit outside on the patio and watch the world go by. Try to
get more than five hours of sleep a night. [I am a human,
but there are days when I feel distinctly like a robot!]
St Matthew's Episcopal Church
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
23 June 2011
all good in Charminster
spent some of my life in the field of Christian Education
I often waken up on Sunday morning and wonder where in
the world three of my much-loved friends now aged between
20 and 30 might be found to be worshipping. Sadly I have
to admit to myself that despite the fact that these are
'young' people who have made their faith their own (Westerhoff: Will Our Children Have Faith?) they are not usually
to be found within the traditional hallowed walls unless,
that is, they are contributing in some way to the service.
Fully alive? Yes! But sadly much of what passes for worship
has little or no appeal.
rural ministry attempts to provide opportunities for worship
which will accommodate the spirituality of all conditions
of woman, man, and child. And I mean the whole range! Each
quarter includes the Book of Common Prayer (1662), contemporary
Eucharistic liturgy, and 'bombast' (Anglicans
Online, June 12) in the form of overhead projected film and
songs. All evident in this mediaeval worship space. This
is only possible thanks to a real team of capable, compassionate,
ordained and lay people, committed to retaining the old
treasures as well as launching out into the unknown —
and at the helm, the Holy Spirit!
St. Mary's Church
Charminster, Dorset, UNITED KINGDOM
22 June 2011
a splendid panaroma photo of the church.)
me the most wonderful thing about Trinity Sunday is that
we leave our own concerns and needs at the door and concentrate
on the beauty and wonder of God's intimate life. And even
more wonderful is that this is no spectator sport, because
this God is closer to us than our very selves, and this
wonderful trinitarian life flows eternally in our own hearts,
as we abide in God and God in us.
Retired, assisting at St. Bartholomew, Crewkerne
Somerset, UNITED KINGDOM
20 June 2011
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