Beauty surrounds us, but we usually need to be walking in a garden to know it - Rumi
St Mary Magdalene’s Fete will be held in the Church grounds this coming Saturday from 11am until 4pm. It promises to be a good family fun day out. Of course, it doesn’t just happen as if by magic, a great deal of hard work goes on behind the scenes, before, during and after the event, much of it unnoticed although not unappreciated. For example, do we have enough plants in good enough condition for the plant stall this year? Have all the publicity flyers been distributed and are the banners clearly visible? Have the various entertainments been booked? Who is doing the barbecue this year and who is looking after the car parking? Don’t forget there will be miles of cable to be rewound after the event is over. Who will do that? Yet despite all the hard work, and no doubt the unforeseen hitches, it will be an excellent day out for everyone since St Mary’s always puts on a good show. The only imponderable is the good old British weather!
The key, of course is preparation and the same degree of hard work and dedication that is needed to put on the Fete needs to go into our spiritual lives if we are to do God’s work on earth effectively. Equally it is important to remember that as it is impossible for one person to plan, organise and run a Church Fete alone, so we need to work together in doing God’s Will. We have been given the tools to do it: prayer, the Bible and the Sacraments and of course the Holy Spirit is with us at all times to guard, guide and support us in our task. St Paul puts it slightly differently when he exhorts the young church at Ephesus to: ‘Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.’ Ephesians 6:11-12 AKJV. But in any case I think you get the point.
If you are in the locality please drop in and join us on Saturday, you will be very welcome. I understand the temperature is forecast to reach 30 degrees so the ice cream stall should do a roaring trade, or maybe the umbrella stall!
Peter is a father and a grandfather who has been retired from full time employment for a number of years