Lasagna and Luke 10:38-42, London Open House 2012, Venn Street Market,
Lasagna and Chianti, and wine-not-keeping-with-the-theme, and tiramisu. The excitement of meeting so many new friends, including a fascinating lecturer of politics and an amazing saxophone-playing photographer.
Hilarious spaghetti painting and tray duelling. Andrew Sach gave a short talk on Luke 10:38-42:
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
If all things had been handed over to Jesus by God, and no one could know God except through Jesus and anyone to whom Jesus chose to reveal God to (Luke 10:22), then Jesus’ words were of utmost importance. Even the perfectly legitimate practice of hospitality should be halted in deference to hearing Jesus speak.
Since God and Jesus’ words have been written down for us in the Bible, what could be more important than reading Scripture? But London is a thriving metropolis with all the attendant distractions. A quick flip through TimeOut London would offer several equally interesting alternatives to meeting with God’s people to study the Bible.
Was thinking about this on Friday because we were, as usual, spoilt for choice for the weekend – should we pop round various locations for The London Design Festival 2012? Or enjoy free entry to other usually restricted places during the London Open House 2012? Or take part in The Great Gorilla Run 2012 (full gorilla suit included in registration fee)? Or hop on a train to Cardiff for The Great British Cheese Festival (mmmm cheeeese)?Or pop up to Bristol for the Tesco Wine Fair?
Upon considering the importance of people hearing God’s Word, decided to take my rest at the opera on Friday night and the morning off on Saturday, then help with our church’s London Open House gig on Saturday, and it turned out magnificent.
A few minutes after I’d settled into my seat at the London Coliseum and made polite conversation with the person in the next seat about Mozart’s The Magic Flute as interpreted by the English National Opera and getting a stall seat for a quarter of the original price, this same neighbour and I got into a discussion on the validity of the Christian faith.
His contention was that Christianity was just another religion – man-made by ignorant people, not worthy of consideration, a mere personal version of truth. My reply was that, on the contrary, the Christian faith was based on historical fact and objective truth – if it was just something that someone made up, it would be foolish to spend one’s life in adherence to its teachings.
It was bright and sunny on Saturday morning. Venn Street Market (Clapham Common) was a compact little place
filled with organic veg and fruit farm products (Ted’s Veg), very tempting piles of bread and cakes and cookies and vegan cupcakes (The Old Post Office Bakery, Oliver’s Bakery, Saint Sugar of London, Ms. Cupcake), all sorts of garlic (The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight), vegetarian savouries (The Honest Carrot, Pâté Moi), fresh fish on ice (Veasey & Sons Fishmongers), cheese (Borough Cheese Company), fantastic meats (game and rare breed meats at Garlic Wood, spit-roasted whole chickens at The Rotisserie dripping their juices onto the potatoes below, a magnificent hog on the spit at M Moen & Sons), and biodynamic wines.
Popped some veggies in the bag, fuelled up on a delicious bap filled with hot tasty hog meat (accompanied by crackling, homemade apple sauce, and rocket), and was then ready for an afternoon on my feet volunteering for the London Open House. Fantastic conversations with visitors from London, the UK, the EU, and the rest of the world, curious about what we did at church and about what we believed. Charlie Skrine gave an excellent tour of the building, quite rightly pointing out how the theology of the church affected the interior architecture of the space.