Season of Lent - Week 2

What is happening 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. 

GUV Ladies Afternoon Retreat
Saturday 23rd March – 14:00-18:00 – Netherfield Chapel
An afternoon of worship and creative Ministry. Guest speaker is Liz Harden, Assistant Pastor at Leeds Vineyard.
Please Invite friends and sign up on the following link https://grandunionchurch.churchsuite.co.uk/events/kwllmirr

Big Weekend
Sunday 24th March - The Big Weekend - Netherfield Campus 10:30 - Monkston Campus 14:00
Sunday 24th March - Wellbeing Morning - Stony Stratford Library - 10:00 to 12:00
This Big Weekend the youngsters will design a T-Shirt. 
We will do prayer walking and will look at diverse ways of practically blessing the community around us!

Joint Church Celebration
Sunday 31st March – 5th Sunday of the Month - 10:30 to 13:00 – Monkston Campus
When there are five Sunday’s in a month we plan to come together and hold a joint Church Celebration. These services will alternate between both of Campus locations. The first one if 2019 is on March 31st. Join us as we celebrate, and worship together followed by a bring and share lunch. 

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Lent Week 2

Last night I was drawn to two verses in Psalm 84.

Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. (vs5)  

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. (vs 10)

We see in this that the writer of the Psalm is talking about our Priorities in life. To live intentionally in the presence of God. The best place to be is to be is in the presence of the Lord. To meet God!  The challenge we all face is that we do wander from God.  We do sin.

In this season of Lent let us take some advice from the Prophet Joel, he lived long before the time of Jesus. He writes

Change your life, not just your clothes. Come back to God, your God. And here is why: God is kind and merciful (The Message)

Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate (New International Version)

He is reminding us that God does not put emphasis on our outward religious behaviour but wants us to change our hearts. When we reconsider, we will discover that God is a kind and merciful – a loving God.

Many people see God as having two separate identities, the fierce warlike God of the Hebrew Scriptures, and the loving parent figure of the Christian Scriptures. Yet here Joel reminds that God has always been kind and merciful, gracious, and compassionate. Yes, God is fierce and demanding, but at the same time, God is loving and forgiving. The demands of God are great – for we must surrender ourselves and our wants totally, and serve God totally, but the rewards associated with that surrender and service are so much greater than anything we could achieve on our own.

Let us during Lent set our hearts on Pilgrimage – the psalmist reminds us that it is a blessed life.  A pilgrimage is a journey in a direction.  Let us commit to being pilgrims and pressing into a merciful and loving God

Chris

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Regular events at GUV

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 Project
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!

Big Weekend
Sunday 24th March - The Big Weekend - Netherfield Campus 10:30 - Monkston Campus 14:00
Sunday 24th March - Wellbeing Morning - Stony Stratford Library - 10:00 to 12:00