by Elizabeth Campbell
OH, WHAT A MORNING! The service on Sunday, April 28th, hit all the notes for me. It opened with my favourite hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness, the organ and choir in full voice, including descant. Then Trish Johnson’s wonderful solo, O Lord Be Merciful, touched my heart, readying it for Grant’s sermon, Self-Righteous Justice.
Young people’s time started us off with some points to ponder
He prepared the stage masterfully in Young People’s time, where he demonstrated with Olivia Meyer, the effects of reacting from a self-righteous place. There were so many points to ponder, such as how satisfying it is when an irritating dangerous driver is caught. But how often do I consider or confess to my own shortcomings, in King James’ terms, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Those words were translated in a more pointed way in the reading from The Authentic Letters of Paul;” I have messed up”. I must examine and forgive myself in order to forgive another, to take out the plank in my eye before considering or criticizing another’s eye plank. I cannot do justice to all that was said. Get the podcast here!
As always we were left with the words of Grace that we are loved and forgiven, and not alone on our journey, even though sometimes it takes us through a Lonesome Valley. This was the anthem with soloists, Lexus Bird and Olivia Meyer.
The final hymn sent me on my way with a full heart, rejoicing that I live in God’s world as we sang, Dear God, Who Loves All Humankind. The last verse reads:
Breathe through the heats of our desire thy coolness and thy balm,
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire, speak through the earthquake wind and fire,
O still small voice of calm
Living in God’s world means that we have a responsibility to care for others who may need a hand or a bit to eat. After church a group of volunteers made 28 loaves of sandwiches for the Drop In Centre. Sandwich Sunday is traditionally Sandwich Sunday, but this took it to a new level.