Life has a depth dimension which is full of mystery. Science wonderfully opens up many fields of knowledge but also let us know how much there is which stretches beyond what we can understand or explain. Worship is conducted within this realm of mystery. In Jesus Christ God has revealed what he is doing yet so great is the mystery that eternity will be spent discovering ever more of what it means.
“With my body I thee worship” says the groom to the bride in a traditional wedding service. Here’s a clue as to what it means to worship God. The love of God which embraces us in Jesus Christ is the most valuable thing we could ever imagine. So why not make it a priority to recognise its worth? Why not share in the regular worship of the church?
What kind of power and authority is needed to govern human affairs? A matter of much concern to demonstrators risking their life in Syria and to those engaging in debates about the development of democracy in the UK. The resurrection is God’s stamp of approval on Jesus’ kind of power – which takes effect through sacrificial service and loving self-giving. Easter brings a new kind of power to the world.
Both Libyans seeking to replace a dictatorship and Britons holding a referendum on voting systems are asking, “what is the right kind of power?” Jesus gave his answer when he chose a young donkey for his triumphant ride into Jerusalem. His kind of power is marked by humility, service, and peace. And he says, “follow me”.
“False measures” are identified by the prophet Micah as something which God hates. Farmers getting a fair price for their produce is one of the keys to overcoming poverty. Craignish Church this week launches the 90kg Malawi rice challenge – aiming to sell enough rice to enable a Malawian farmer to send his child to secondary school for a year.