Advent conspiracy 2: Give more

What can I give?

Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield, Sunday 9 December 2018

A picture from another service, the low winter sun was streaming right across the building

We arrived later than usual, just as the service was starting. The only available seats were along the north side and light through the windows in the south aisle was in my eyes. My eyesight being what it is we went to the balcony to lessen the effect of my light sensitivity. Being on the balcony, around a different group of people than usual and a different view of proceedings, was a little like visiting another church, until the service started, that is.

The service started well. The sound of ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’ reverberating around the gothic arches. On some songs, particularly last, the viola playing also impressed.

The second of our Advent services, and now the Christmas trees were up and decorated which gave the building a festive glow. It helped with the idea of preparing for the King of Kings to return, after all, that’s what Advent is, isn’t it?

Last week the theme was ‘spend less.’ This week it was ‘give more.’ Not a contradiction as it first seems, what we give is not necessarily connected to spending. Giving more is demonstrating our love for God, realigning our lives around him and his values. God demonstrated his love by giving himself. God shrunk himself down to our size.

How can we give ourselves and demonstrate the self-giving of God? To give as God gives, which is relational. We have to approach God o to give ourselves not as though he needs us, he doesn’t, but as people, or as a person who needs God.

And a final word:

The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
Zephaniah 3:17 ESVUK

As we do God’s will it is not just us who sing to God, but God sings over us. I love the idea that God sings over us.

I love my church.

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