Thought For The Week 15 September 2019
Welcome to our special combined service and Annual General Meeting this morning. The AGM will follow at the conclusion of the service. The purpose of the AGM is to elect parish councillors, receive reports on the activities of the past year and to approve the budget for the coming year. All members and associate members are entitled to vote on each motion presented. If you need to leave or don’t wish to attend the AGM there will be an opportunity to do so.
I was really blessed this week attending the Drama Leagues’ production of Carl Nixon’s play Matthew, Mark, Luke and Joanne, a fund-raising performance for the Basilica restoration. It tells the story of Matthew, a high performing advertising executive, successful and happily married, who has a vision in a Supermarket. This epiphany drastically changes his life to the consternation of his wife and business partner. His successful creative energy is now channelled into charitable works.
Mark, his business partner and friend, tries to hide his dismay and disgust at this radical change. Mark is secular and very materialistic. His general nihilism is a dramatic counterfoil to Matthew’s new beliefs and way of life.
Joanne, Matthew’s wife, a former lawyer, now practices yoga, and believes in homeopathy. She relies on her life coach and large doses of the herbal remedy Ignatia for health and happiness. Her own life experiences make her intolerant of Matthew’s new found beliefs and she demands Matthew choose either Christ or her.
The play is a parable of our times and underscores many topical issues-faith, materialism, tolerance and respect. It was funny, well-acted and respectful to the Christian experience without trivializing the obstacles to faith. It was also well attended, which was good to see.