Posts Tagged ‘summer time’

July Magazine Article

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Summer time and the living is easy

Proclaims the popular musical and we hope for long carefree summer days. The church, based on the example of Jesus should be the first to proclaim the need for stillness and relaxation but unfortunately life seems increasingly busy for many people.

Jesus often took time to himself: he withdrew into the wilderness before starting his ministry; when his disciples found him and said that people were looking for him he said, “let’s move on”; and before his passion and death he had time alone in Gethsemane.

Unfortunately, if you go to a church you often find busyness. At a meeting recently, each church was encouraged to find an environmental champion and someone for a strategic committee, without giving up the current commitments. So when do we say enough is enough?

In the traditional understanding of the Church of England the parish priest is housed and paid a stipend instead of a salary. S/he is not contracted to work a certain number of hours or fulfill particular tasks. The priest is to be available to spend time with people and God. To hold the concerns of all before the source of all being. To represent the source of love to the lonely and all in need. Tasks which take time and presence.

A developing understanding of the church recognizes that this ministry of presence is the call of all Christians. What is not important is the doing of all our busy activities. Instead our being is vital. We should just be alongside one another and God. Be not do could be a motto for this ever busy age.

So a resolution for the summer – do less. Spend time in stillness with someone you love; spend time in reflection with your God; doze on the lawn.

Wishing you a joyful Summer – Paul