David Builds a Temple. God Builds a House.

When I first considered including today’s passage in our series on David, I thought that it was about David building a temple in which the ark of the covenant could be housed. After all, the passage begins with David speculating about how he lived in a fine palace, but the ark was housed in a tent. But I was wrong.

The passage is not really about David’s building project; it’s about David’s heart. It lays bare for us the fact that we can think we are doing the right thing for God and we look to others like we are doing the right thing for God, but in fact we are doing nothing of the sort. This will be a challenge for us, but is also a story which is full of wonder.

On Sunday evening we are delighted to have Sally Hickson leading us in our service of Extended Communion. Sally will look at how the greatest salvation story of the Old Testament, (Passover and the Exodus) speaks into the work of Jesus on the Cross.

Two fabulous services!

This Sunday we are delighted to be able to share two fabulous services with you. On Sunday morning Deirdre Brower-Latz, principal of Nazarene Theological College comes again to speak at ABC, this time on the complex and challenging relationship between David and King Saul. Sunday evening our wonderful youth will be leading us in worship and teaching, (quiz and video) on the theme of The Apocalypse and the End of the World, (yes, they chose it!)


Many of us watched The Debt Saviours

Many of us watched The Debt Saviours on BBC2 last week; an hour-long programme following the work and life of Christians Against Poverty founder John Kirkby.

Although some of us may have been disappointed by aspects of the programme, what was clear were CAP’s Christian credentials and the fact that they are able, with much love and support, to lead some of the most vulnerable people in our society out of debt and into liberty and hope.

On Sunday we celebrate the work of CAP, sharing stories and updates of how our Centre is responding to local needs. This will be backed up by the remarkable story of 1 Samuel 30, David and the Brook Besor.

Sunday evening we gather to be Open To God in a worship, prayer and testimony service based on The Peace of God in John 14:27


‘You were incapable of responding to God.’

‘You were incapable of responding to God.’ That’s how the Bible puts it when it describes our lives before we were saved. Its a phrase that may well grate with us, but no matter what our objection, its the truth. But here’s the thing; the passage goes on to say ‘God brought you alive—right along with Christ’. It’s all his work, we did nothing and he did it because of his indescribable love for us.

The change is complete, total, complete, utter. You are no longer the person you once were.

We celebrate this today with a baptism and will hear about the transformation which has occurred in one person’s life. Listen to the story, hear of the change, see the new life and wonder at the God who would do such a thing as this.

This evening we will hear about how we use our time, and challenging us to use it well.

Formality and familiarity

Formality and familiarity are opposites. At one end of the spectrum formality requires rules, rituals and convention, whereas familiarity affords a lack of reserve, ease and casualness. Today’s passage contains both of these elements, but not necessarily appropriately applied in the right situation – and with catastrophic results.
Whilst contemporary Christian culture has benefited greatly from a deeper understanding of intimacy and engagement with God, we will be challenged in today’s story by the danger of over familiarity with a holy God.
This evening is a Fifth Sunday, which means that we will be hosting an informal – cafe style – gathering. It’s called Telling Tales, in which we shall hear several stories of how groups and communities have taught us, influenced our faith and grown us.

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