Choosing Joy

What is happening at GUV;

Dreaming the Impossible Festival
Monday 25th February – Parents Information Evening – Netherfield Campus – 18:45 to 19:45
We are hosting an information evening for parents who want to know more about the DTI youth festival.

Sponsorship for DTI
Please remember we will have a special offering for DTI on Sunday 3rd March.  Please Join us as we invest in the lives of these young people.

Men’s Ministry
Thursday 28th February – Curry Night – Eastern Paradise, Stony Stratford (MK11 1DX) – 19:00
£11.95 for 5 courses not including drinks. Non - Indian dishes also available at different cost and charged per course. 
Please RSVP LOOKOUT FOR YOUR INVITATION THAT WILL HAVE A SIGN_UP LINK ON CHURCHSUITE

GUV Ladies Afternoon Retreat
Saturday 23rd March – Netherfield Campus - 14:00-18:00. An afternoon of worship and creative Ministry. Guest speaker Liz Harden,  Assistant pastor at Leeds Vineyard - Please Invite friends to this free event.

GUVyouth
Weekly - Fridays - GUVyouth Friday Night Social - Netherfield Campus - 19:00 to 21:00
Weekly - Sundays – No Sunday Evening Service this week because of Big Weekend.

Community Fridge
Weekly - Tuesdays - Community Fridge - Netherfield Campus - 17:30 to 18:30
Weekly - Thursdays - Community Fridge - Netherfield Campus - 10:00 to 11:00
The community fridge is an incredible project that is a mechanism for distributing food that would have landed in landfills. It helps reduce our carbon footprint and reduce waste. Please feel free to take the food that is freely available!

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Choosing Joy

Scripture Reading — Exodus 16:1-18

“What is it?” … “It is the bread the LORD has given you to eat.” Exodus 16:15.

This event in the Exodus Story exposes one of our most common traits as human beings.  That is our ability to mutter in every circumstance.  Israel had just been released from slavery in Egypt.  One would assume there would be immense joy and celebration but instead we meet a dissatisfied people.  They wanted to go back to Egypt. Where things were so much better.

So, at the Lord’s direction Moses and Aaron told them, “In the morning you will see the glory of the LORD, because he has heard your grumbling against him.”  What was the meaning of this - Would God’s glory come in judgment? Would the people get a tongue lashing or some other punishment? Would it mean death?

No, none of that. The glory of the Lord came in a desert cloud! God’s glory came with provisions—moonlight meat and morning manna. Now is not that amazing?

God Responded to Israel’s grumbling with grace. He could have sent a plague (which he did later). He could have invented duct tape and stifled their whining mouths. He could have hurled hard dinner rolls like hail on their heads. But no. God quietly spread a layer of frosty food on the ground, and Moses told the people, “It is the bread the LORD has given you to eat.”

God does amazing things in our lives and yet we so often forget what He has done and instead focus on what we perceive that He has NOT done.  We look for the problems in every solution. What has God done in your family in the past - have you forgotten those things?  What has HE done in your life – have you forgotten that and instead we moan? 

What about at church?  We have seen God do many wonderful things – Youth; Worship; outreach; Storehouse… all signs of God’s Amazing Grace.  Is our sense of awe drowned out by what we feel has not happened, or worse, what we perceive as inconvenient to us?

Let us become a people of Thankfulness.  Look to see what God has done. Pain is inevitable; Misery is a choice!