A letter of Gratitude from Margaret Cayzer

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought;
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
G.K. Chesterton

“The root of joy is gratefulness …
It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”
Brother David Steindl-Rast

Our Season of Thanksgiving is coming to a close. And there’s no better way to create this week’s blog than with a letter of thanks we received in the office this week. It’s from Margaret Cayzer, one of our 9.30am congregation, to the Sunday morning baristas …

After church last Sunday, Jeff and I went over to Lakeview as we usually do, to have a coffee and a chat and as always the coffee cart was in full swing. Something is blossoming in Lakeview, made possible because of the band of baristas who crank up the coffee cart each week, serve amazing coffees and then clear away. I want to say a huge thank you to the group of young people who serve each week. You are facilitating something special that is far beyond the worth of a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate and a biscuit.

At one stage I paused and listened, observing what was happening: the room was humming to the sound of people talking, and with the pock, pock of the ping pong ball, the coffee aroma and the background music, it was clear to me that this was a golden moment, a Holy Spirit moment. In the conversations around the tables new friends were getting to know one other and old friends chatted comfortably together. Some conversations were deeply earnest, others full of laughter and banter.

As we parted ways one person commented that they had intended to leave 40 minutes ago but had been enjoying the conversation so much they had stayed on. Another who is relatively new said that they looked forward to being back for part two of that same conversation.

Connection, continuity and friendships forming.

There is much more than good coffee being enjoyed. God is at work, lives are being nourished, made possible because the coffee cart is open.

Thank you.
Margaret Cayzer.