Mirror Mirror

What's happening in the life of GUV;.

Christmas Events
- Sunday 23rd December - 3 pm onwards - The Cruck Barn, Bradwell Abbey, MK13 9AP - Nativity and Carols by Candlelight (Joint Service)

PLEASE, WE NEED ASSISTANCE WITH SETTING UP OF THE HALL! IF YOU CAN ASSIST PLEASE CAN YOU BE THERE BY 14:00

- Tuesday 25th December - Christmas Day Service - 10 am to 11 am - Netherfield Chapel (Joint Service)
     We look forward to seeing the children of GUV perform our first joint campus Nativity.  Please come along, bring grandparents plus friends, and enjoy this special service.  We will be supplying festive finger foods plus mince pies following the Nativity and then singing favourite carols by candlelight.  It would be appreciated if you could sign up to this event via ChurchSuite or drop an email into the office to confirm your attendance.

No Services on the morning of Sunday, December 23rd and 30th

- We encourage everyone to rest on the 30th. We will be back to usual on Sunday 6th January 2019.

Alpha Course
-Our next Alpha course will launch on the 24th January. This amazing course is ideal for your friends who are exploring issues around their own faith and spirituality.  Why not invite them to join in!

We will need help with Catering and running Alpha.  If you can help, please contact Chris Morley (chris@grandunionchurch.org).

Hosting a refugee for Boxing Day
A lady who has been associated with the church through the amazing work of the Storehouse has given accommodation in London but does not have any community there yet.  Ruth and Phil will host her for Christmas Day and we are looking to try to host her for the 26th December (also overnight to 27th) She will catch a train back to London on the 27th.  If you can host her for the 26th please contact Chris or Ruth.

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Mirror Mirror

Have you ever had the experience where at the end of the day you happen to pass a mirror and ask yourself “Have I looked like that all day?”  Your hair might be uncombed; your mascara smudged or there is a gravy mark on the front of your shirt.  How did I not see that before?

You see mirrors are wonderful tools.  We can investigate them and see what needs adjustment – that button that not done up, the shaving cream in our ear!  James reminds us that scripture is like a mirror that helps us look at our character. Our attitude, our behaviour. 

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

The key to step, however, is to act on scripture, to apply it to our lives.  The bible is not a book to hammer those around us.  It is not there so we can apply it to everybody else but me! The word of God is a mirror to us!  It helps us align our lives to the desires of the Father.  In fact, James goes on to describe the outcome of us applying scripture to our lives.

26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

When we look attentively into “the perfect law that gives freedom” and apply it to our lives, we will be blessed to be a blessing (v. 25). As we investigate the mirror of Scripture, we can “humbly accept the word planted in [us]” (v. 21).