Ramble for Kirwan Uniting Church Keeping in Touch pew sheet, 7 November 2021

When I cook, I am an extravagant pourer of sauce, sprinkler of herbs, splasher of oil and wine. If a recipe says, ½ a clove of garlic, I’ll squeeze in two. If it calls for a tablespoon of red wine, well, clearly the cookery writer hasn’t got the foggiest, in goes a cupful. At least.

What brought this to mind is the lovely old hymn “O, the deep deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free” to the equally lovely Welsh tune, Ebenezer. And what brought that to mind, is the prospect of a crab roll at Cardwell’s Café Vivia for morning coffee break en route to Presbytery in Innisfail on Friday (Friday just gone as you read this). Because I sit outside, gazing across the broad sweep of Hinchinbrook Passage and humming “Rolling like a mighty ocean, in its fullness over me”.

Here's a great version of the hymn.

God goes in for extravagance.  Remember the Sunday School chorus, “Running Over”? From Luke 6, “A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over …“  Of even more consequence to imperfect servants like me, is Romans 5, “Where sin abounds, grace abounds much more”. Another Welsh hymn, “Plenteous grace with you is found, grace to cover all my sin”. Prevenient grace to intercept sin, too. As in “There, but for the grace of God, go I”.

I’m glad that God doesn’t take any notice of recipe books.


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