Hiding From God

What is happening at GUV;

Early Morning Prayer
Weekly - Friday’s - 07:00 to 08:00 - Chris Morley Home; Kent’s Hill. Please email guv@grandunionchurch.org for full address details

Joint Celebration Service
Sunday 31st - 10:30 - Monkston Campus
This Sunday is a fifth Sunday and so we are having a “Joint Celebration”  This will be at our Monkston Campus. There will be a time of worship sharing and testimony. God is doing fantastic things in our midst. Let us celebrate them!

Easter Weekend
Friday 19th April - Good Friday -  “Reflection on the Cross” - 10:00 to 11:00 - Netherfield Campus
Sunday 21st - Sunrise Service -  Time TBC - Cathedral of Trees (MK15 0DL) followed by breakfast rolls at our Netherfield Campus.
Sunday 21st - Easter Sunday Service - “Reflection of the Resurrection” - 10:30 - Both Campuses

Hiding from God
Psalm 32:3-5 (NIV)

When I kept silent, my bones wasted away…Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity.

Have you ever done a secret wrong? By this, I mean have you ever realized you have wronged someone without them realising that you were the source of their pain and then kept this knowledge to yourself? There is the story of little Johnny

A little boy visiting his grandparents was given his first slingshot. He practised in the woods, but he could never hit his target. As he came back to grandma’s back yard, he spied her pet duck. On an impulse, he took aim and let it fly. The stone hit its target. The boy panicked. Desperately he hid the dead duck in the woodpile, only to look and see his sister watching. Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing. After lunch that day, Grandma said, “Sally, let’s wash the dishes.” But Sally said, “Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen today. Didn’t you, Johnny?” And she whispered to him, “Remember the duck!” So, Johnny did the dishes. Later Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing. Grandma said, “I’m sorry, but I need Sally to help make supper.” Sally smiled and said, “That’s all taken care of, Johnny wants to do it.” Again, she whispered, “Remember the duck.” Johnny stayed while Sally went fishing. After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally’s, he could not stand it. He confessed to Grandma that he had killed her duck. “I know, Johnny,” she said, giving him a hug. “I was standing at the window and saw the whole thing. Because I love you, I forgave you! I wondered how long you would let Sally make you a slave.”

We could have many reasons for hiding our sin -, it is not so important; it will not really make a difference. Hiding my sin always seems like a good idea at the time, it seems like the easy way out – but is it.  David discovered in this Psalm that to hide our sin resulted in his “bones wasting away

What we need to realise is that we cannot hide our sin from God.  It is not like he will be surprised by our confession. He does not cry out “you did what?”.  No God already knows about our sin before we confess it.  In fact, confession is agreeing with God what He already knows – no surprises!

When we confess and are forgiven wow what an experience.  A weight is off our shoulders.  Confession and forgiveness are like a cool thundershower on a dry a dusty place.  In South Africa, when the land has become dry and dusty there is anticipation that comes as we wait for the thunderstorm to break.  You can smell that rain – and when it falls it clears the air and leaves behind a fresh scent.

Confession and forgiveness are like that summer rain for the soul, clearing the air and leaving behind the fresh sweet scent of renewal and growth.  You too can experience this.  Those things you thought you could hide from God – take it to Him.  Agree with God the true state of your soul and experience His forgiveness.  Do not be a slave to sin.

Blessings this Week

Chris Morley


Regular and recurring events at GUV:

Sponsorship for DTI
We took a special offering for DTI on Sunday 3rd March. If you still want to contribute, please mark your electronic transfer with DTI. Please Join us as we invest in the lives of these young people.

Weekly - Fridays - GUVyouth Friday Night Social - Netherfield Campus - 19:00 to 21:00
Weekly - Sundays – Sunday Evening Service - Netherfield Campus (Please note on Big Weekends there is no Sunday Evening Service) - 16:30 to 18:00

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!

MK Storehouse
This is a ministry of the church whereby we make clothing available to any person who is struggling and in need. Storehouse meets with people, prays with them, and signposts them to other agencies. If you know of someone in need please refer them

We are always in need of Volunteers. CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFEENCE?


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