Most people think that religion is about a God who’s out there somewhere, probably vindictive and ready to smite people. But this idea of God may not be right. The Christian view of God is that he is like Jesus. He didn’t smite anyone. True, he was a touch confrontational, because he saw that the powerful and rich were distorting the truth for their own gain. But at the same time, he was compassionate and made friends with ordinary folk, knowing it would cost him his life. He had a meal with his friends just before he died and said this would be a way of celebrating that, what appeared to be weakness, would lead to the best outcome ever: victory over evil and death.
This is not the God according to Monty-Python or dead religion. And if this really is what God is like, then you gotta celebrate!
We’ll be celebrating on Sunday 16 September at 15:00. For more info and venue details phone 01206 622712.
In a culture where the existence of God is not considered a sensible possibility, the idea of worshipping God seems to be weird or delusional. But everyone worships something – a hero, a pop idol or a car. And we are all encouraged to worship ourselves.
Jesus encouraged his followers to look outside themselves, to give, to forgive, to be hospitable, to serve, “It is more blessed to give that to receive”. There’s a mystery in this that flies in the face of our materialist, consumerist, ego-centric culture.
Do you worship yourself? We think you will find this dissatisfying in the long run. If you’d like to try the alternative (worshipping the God who made and sustains the universe), you can do so anytime — like now!
On Sunday 11 September 2016, we’ll be getting together to worship God at 11:00. And if you’d like to know more, or would like to try worship with Colchester Vineyard, get in contact (01206 622617 or by email).