Last year a number of folk, particularly men, from the church family enjoyed baking a wonderful variety of cakes for our Fathers Day cake auction.
I was one of the cake bakers! Although I really enjoy cooking in general that was my first cake baking experience, so caution prevailed and a tried and tested recipe was used. I was pleasantly surprised by the results, not bad for a vicar! I think its fair to say that most of us prefer to stick with what is familiar, be that a favourite recipe, the routes we take when travelling and even the pew we sit in each Sunday! We all have habits and routines. Of course there is a lot to be said for having routines, they allows us to be organised and we can feel at ease because we know what to expect. However the Christian is always called to be open to the creative work of the Spirit of God, to as it were, step out in faith and discover new things in God’s purposes. This challenge is powerful capture in the following prayer of Sir Francis Drake.
Disturb us, Lord, when we are to pleased with ourselves, When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed to little,
When arrived safely
because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess we have lost our thirst for the waters of life; Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And our efforts to build to build a new earth, We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery; Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars
We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes; And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope and love.
I intend to bake again for this years cake auction. I will however be using a different and unfamiliar recipe and I hope to be pleasantly surprised by the results. May we all embrace the challenges we face in the sure knowledge that God is with us.
Every Blessing Mike Proctor