Verse for the year
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Sometimes God surprises us. Often it is the little things.
Just before the New Year I was asked what our verse for 2023 would be. At first I thought, ‘I don’t know, how am I supposed to choose?’ But then, sitting on our wall was an embroidery illustrating one of my favourite bible verses: ‘Act Justly; Love Mercy; Walk Humbly.’ These words are from Micah 6:8
So, we have our verse for the year. But then I decided that in order to help our corporate spiritual journey we should use the Common Lectionary for our Sunday services. The Common Lectionary lays out bible readings covering three years where we will be able to explore most of the bible. It is widely used throughout the world by many different churches and denominations. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the Old Testament reading for this Sunday, with our AGM happening, is Micah 6:1-8!
Sometimes we look back at the past, we consider them to be the ‘glory days’, when our churches seemed to be fuller, when we had more children and young people, when everything seemed to be bigger, bolder and better. Sometimes we look at the present and think that we haven’t go the energy or ability to do big things, or that we are not good enough. But in these verses God is telling us that it isn’t the big things, our worship doesn’t have to be ‘professional’ or perfect, our missional activities don’t have to be slick. All God wants of us is to ‘do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God’.
In his letter to the Corinthian church, Paul reminds them God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong (1 Cor.1:27). God will use us as we carry on, one step at a time, walking with God, doing justice and loving kindness. When we look back next year, we pray that we will be surprised by what God has done in and through us.
As part of our bible study, we look into what it means to be Baptist. This lesson reminds us of our responsibilities as well as the historical relevance of being Baptist.
As Christians we do ask this question a lot. But what is the answer?
Fran uses the pear tree to illustrate why patience can often pay off
Fran talks about a card that brings back special memories
Spring is taking its time to make an appearance. What can we learn from waiting for things to happen?
As Fran prepares for her ordination, she reflects on the journey that has brought her to this moment and how you can listen out for God’s calling
Shrove Tuesday means pancakes but what can we learn from this age-old custom of preparing for Lent
This week is Compassion Sunday and Fran reflects on how the church could use this opportunity to become actors and not spectators.
What has marmalade got to do with God’s love for us? Fran explains all.
In her first blog article of the year, Fran talks about getting spiritually fit along with the challenges when you hit a bump in the road.