Notices for Sunday 29th January 2017

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbour, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don’t take yourself too seriously—take God seriously. .
Micah 6:8 (Message)

Father God, we know what you require of us, so we ask for the gift of your Holy Spirit to enable us to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with you.
Amen.

Welcome to our preacher this morning Rev Marian Jones
After service tea hosts Chris and Joan

Organist: Lydia Edwards

Sunday 5th February
11.00am        Mr Ebenezer Sam
Vestry Steward – Ian
Door Steward – Bob
Tea Hosts – Bob and Evelyn

Diary Dates

January
Tue 31st       Oasis of Silence – Regent Street at 12.30pm for 30 minutes

February
Wed 1st        Discipleship in Community Regent Street 6.30pm
Sun 5th         VisitMyMosque Day – 6 Grosvenor Road 11.00am to 3.00pm
Wed 8th       Midweek Communion at Regent Street, 11.15am
Thu 16th       Church Council Meeting 7.30pm
Wed 22nd     “Time Out” a monthly reflective worship 2.00pm at the home of Barry and Angela Smith
Sun 26th       Messy Church in the hall 4.00pm to 6.00pm

March
Wed 1st        Pastoral Leaders meeting in lounge 9.30am

Please pray for the following:
Isobel Holroyd
Dorreen Holroyd
Michael Shipley
Keith and Myra Baugh
Evelyn Taylor
Pete and Ruby Kasprowicz
Gwyneth Williams

All those who care for those in need.
We thank God for answered prayer and ask that he helps us to understand that all things do work together for good.

Maybe God is a Little More Human than We Think
Micah 6:1-8

“I don’t know, Mike,” Kellie confided to me on the phone, “I just feel like he doesn’t care about me. I mean, he says that he loves me but he doesn’t really do the stuff he says he’s going to do for me and he just doesn’t treat me all that well.” Before I can say anything, she asks the question I knew was coming:

“What am I doing wrong?”

Of course, she wasn’t doing anything wrong. She was like so many other teenagers and parents of teens with whom I’ve had nearly the exact same conversation. She reminded herself of all the good things she’s done for her boyfriend only to see a negative result.

She was insecure—which naturally happens when someone we adore mistreats us (whether it’s a boy/girlfriend, spouse, child or friend). Because he treated her poorly, she assumed it was her fault. It couldn’t be his fault…he’s amazing! That’s why she loves him!

Our Adolescent God

I don’t want to say that God is just like an insecure teenager or an awkward parent, lacking self-confidence –but I’m going to. In this week’s scripture, God comes across like an insecure teenager or an awkward parent, lacking self-confidence. “O my people,” wails God, “what have I done to you?”

I think we tend to assume that God has the strong voice, but what if something deeper is happening? What if God’s words aren’t meant to convict the people and are instead meant to reveal the depth of God’s pain?

Honest Plea

What if God’s words in Micah 6:3 reflect an honest plea for answers? What if God is pleading with creation like a parent desperate for the affection of a heroin-addicted child? Like a good parent, God can’t help but see good memories in the child’s eyes—no matter how narrowed the pupils have become.

All parents see their children with rose-coloured glasses most of the time. We see the best because that’s what good parents do. I wonder if God is like that. God remembers what it was like when things we’re good—night time strolls, star-gazing with Abraham, wrestling with Jacob, the sound of Miriam’s song, the roar of pride from the Israelites in the time of the judges, the joy of David as he danced. The good memories of our kids are the strongest. When all we see is the best in someone, it is easy assume that we’re the ones doing something wrong when the one we love treats us poorly.

The Hardest Question

What if God doubts the divine self and actually believes that God could have done a better job drawing love out of creation? What if God get desperate for affection and longs for love? What if we have the power to hurt God’s feelings? What if the imago dei can be seen in our insecurities as well as our confidence?

What if God is a little more human than we think?

Rev Mike Baughman, Custer Road United Methodist Church, Plano, Texas, USA

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