Church Sign of the Week 3

 

Church Sign of the week 3

What if doing the hokey pokey IS what it’s all about?

You know the song, left legs and right arms and lots of shaking, that’s what it’s all about.

The hokey pokey, or the hokey cokey if you grew up near me, is a dance phenomenon. We’ve all done at parties and weddings and usually regretted the pictures a few day later, big groups of people flailing around and us with our right arm in when everybody else has their left arm out! Social disaster.

But this week our sign asks one of the big eternal questions – what is it all about? If the hokey pokey is all we’ve got to look forward to (or back upon) then life has very little meaning and our existence is rather futile. If that is true than we are living in a very sad state of affairs. I pray with all my heart that there is more. If the hokey pokey IS what it’s all about and coke IS the real thing then why are we here? Not to dance and drink high sugar soft drinks surely?

So what is the meaning of it all? Does life have a point or is it just a finite number of days to be filled in the best way we can and then it’s lights out – nothing – oblivion?

I do not claim to have all the answers but I am convinced that life IS more real than coke and it IS about more than the hokey pokey and there is something to come after this life. I believe that God has created us and given us the unique gifts we have for a reason. What that is is between you and him, maybe you are here to do the hokey pokey, but I’m not. For me that’s not what it’s all about.

Now there are times when I have no idea why I’m here but I do have some faith. There is a great song called “Celebrate this heartbeat” by Randy Stonehill that has these words in it, words that have often given me comfort when I’m at a loss as to what I should be doing. I hope they can help you if you don’t yet know your reason.

Now I don’t understand
All the mysteries of the master plan
But I’m sure the Master does
So that’s okay.


Church sign of the week 2

Church sign of the week no. 2

“Bigotry wrapped in prayer is still bigotry.”

The Church does bigotry really well! Be it stopping women bishops, ‘discouraging’ poor people or banning gays from worship – the Church does bigotry really well.

There are plenty of examples of bigotry in action in the Church and unfortunately we don’t have to look back in history to see it. We just need to open our newspapers or watch our televisions. It is happening every day.

In some of the Southern States of the U.S. people are trying to make ‘whites only’ churches legal. What they seem to forget is Jesus was ‘of ethnic origin’. He wouldn’t be welcome in their Churches, I would argue he wouldn’t want to go there anyway.

It is not unknown for a church to ask people with disabilities to leave. What happened to the greatest commandment – “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbour as yourself.”

All these things are done in the mane of God, all wrapped up in prayer and lovely words – it’s still bigotry….

We want to be a church that changes all that. We want to show the love that Jesus showed, that love that encompasses everyone.

So whoever you are, wherever you are from, whatever your circumstances – you are welcome in our church.

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Church sign of the week 2

Church sign of the week no. 2

“Bigotry wrapped in prayer is still bigotry.”

The Church does bigotry really well! Be it stopping women bishops, ‘discouraging’ poor people or banning gays from worship – the Church does bigotry really well.

There are plenty of examples of bigotry in action in the Church and unfortunately we don’t have to look back in history to see it. We just need to open our newspapers or watch our televisions. It is happening every day.

In some of the Southern States of the U.S. people are trying to make ‘whites only’ churches legal. What they seem to forget is Jesus was ‘of ethnic origin’. He wouldn’t be welcome in their Churches, I would argue he wouldn’t want to go there anyway.

It is not unknown for a church to ask people with disabilities to leave. What happened to the greatest commandment – “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbour as yourself.”

All these things are done in the mane of God, all wrapped up in prayer and lovely words – it’s still bigotry….

We want to be a church that changes all that. We want to show the love that Jesus showed, that love that encompasses everyone.

So whoever you are, wherever you are from, whatever your circumstances – you are welcome in our church.

 


Church sign of the week 1

Church Sign of the week!

It has been decided by great minds (well mine and one of my minions, so one great mind then) that every week we will put up a new sign outside the Church. Up until now we have displayed the service times and who is preaching. Let’s be brutally honest, who walking up and down LaTrobe Street is bothered who is preaching and at what time at a church they have no intention of going to? So we will put up little gems of wisdom. Then on Fridays it will be changed to show the service times for the weekend just in case anyone is interested.

Every week I will show you the sign and explain it. Some of them will need some explanation, they are a bit obscure.

I am always looking for new signs to go up, if you find any let me know in the comments below or email sion@melbournewelshchurch.org.

This week our sign said…..

“If you are looking for a sign from God…this is it!”

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard something like, “If only God would send me a sign.” I really can’t tell you. It’s not because I don’t like you or anything like that, it’s not even that it’s a big secret, I have never counted so that is why I can’t tell you, I really don’t know, but it’s a lot of times.

I have heard from grieving families, I have listened to it from young people torn apart by the whole growing up thing. Successful people wondering what life is all about ask, as do street people sitting on bits of cardboard.

“God just give me a sign.”

So just in case anyone is asking for God for a sign. We put it up.

I hope it helps someone.

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Church sign of the week 1

Church Sign of the week!

It has been decided by great minds (well mine and one of my minions, so one great mind then) that every week we will put up a new sign outside the Church. Up until now we have displayed the service times and who is preaching. Let’s be brutally honest, who walking up and down LaTrobe Street is bothered who is preaching and at what time at a church they have no intention of going to? So we will put up little gems of wisdom. Then on Fridays it will be changed to show the service times for the weekend just in case anyone is interested.

Every week I will show you the sign and explain it. Some of them will need some explanation, they are a bit obscure.

I am always looking for new signs to go up, if you find any let me know in the comments below or email sion@melbournewelshchurch.com.au.

This week our sign said…..

“If you are looking for a sign from God…this is it!”

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard something like, “If only God would send me a sign.” I really can’t tell you. It’s not because I don’t like you or anything like that, it’s not even that it’s a big secret, I have never counted so that is why I can’t tell you, I really don’t know, but it’s a lot of times.

I have heard from grieving families, I have listened to it from young people torn apart by the whole growing up thing. Successful people wondering what life is all about ask, as do street people sitting on bits of cardboard.

“God just give me a sign.”

So just in case anyone is asking for God for a sign. We put it up.

I hope it helps someone.

 


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9
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9:00 am Drop-in with Bubba
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10
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2:00 pm Cooking Chat
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11
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10:00 am Drop-in with Sara
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