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The Rector Writes... 

So, there we sat… on the quay-side at Dartmouth. Alyson and I were both hungry and so we’d bought pork baps for lunch… and what better place to eat them than sitting peacefully on the quay-side soaking up the sun and watching the boats coming and going in the harbour.
 
And even when a seagull came and stood in front of us caw-ing at the top of his (or her?) voice, that didn’t spoil the sense of contentment and well-being, and the feeling that all was right with God’s world…

… And that was when it hit me! A seagull with a wing-span of at least 20 feet (OK, I’m exaggerating… but it seemed that huge!) came zooming in from behind me, it’s wing whacking me on the side of my head, and sank it’s beak into the corner of my pork bap… and then it was gone. A bit shocked (and definitely disgruntled!) I broke off the contaminated edge of the bap, but didn’t throw it to the seagull which still stood caw-ing at us (the signs said “Don’t feed the seagulls / vermin”) and continued eating, more carefully now… when suddenly, at about 300 miles per hour (OK, I’m exaggerating… but it felt that fast!) a (the same?) seagull whacked the side of my head again, sank it’s beak into the very middle of my pork bap and then flew off at speed!
 
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As I threw the remains of my “marmalised” pork bap into a bin a local gent, sitting on a neighbouring bench, kindly (but belatedly!) said in a knowledgeable voice, “They’re working together now! One distracts you in front while the other one flies in from behind, knocks the food out of your hand and then they both devour it!”
It was a bit late to tell me… but at least I could gloat that the seagulls hadn’t managed to eat my pork bap… but neither had I!
 
“They’re working together now!” was the local’s comment… and I experienced just how (nearly!) effective that “working together” was!
 
If only our country and those that lead us could be seen to be “working together”. If only the nations within Europe and in the world could be seen to be “working together”. If only families, groups and organisations could be seen to be “working together”. And, if only the Church, locally, nationally and internationally, could be seen to be “working together” in and through the power of God’s Holy Spirit… what a difference that would make!
 
If seagulls can do it, surely we can as well! So, on Saturday, October 26th St Mary’s Church folk are invited to a meeting in the Church 10am till 12noon (refreshments from 9.30am), to continue exploring “The Way Forward” for St Mary’s, and then on Saturday, 1st February (same times and venue) we’ll have another meeting for the whole team parish, as we look to work more closely together for God into the future.


The Roman historian Tertullian wrote of the early Church: “See how these Christians love one another!” We pray to God that that may be true of us today, but also that folk would say of us: “See how these Christians work together” for God’s purposes and for his glory!
 

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