God’s more masculine than feminine: Is that true?

Author Wm. Paul Young writes:

“Do any of us truly think that God is more masculine, more male, more paternal than feminine, female and maternal?  All of maternity, as all of paternity, originates in the very nature of God.  The image of God in us (imago dei) is not less feminine than masculine.  The feminine/masculine nature of God is a circle of relationship, a spectrum, not a polarity.

And imagery?  It is all over the Scriptures:  masculine (Father, King, …), feminine (Nursing Mother, Woman and Coin, …), animal (Mother Bear, Eagle, Lioness, …), inanimate objects (Rock, Fortress, Strong Tower, Mountain, Shield, …).

Imagery was never meant to define God;  rather, imagery is a window through which we see aspects and facets of the nature and character of God.”

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No Explore tomorrow, Grandisson Celebration Service

No Explore service tomorrow. Ottery St Mary Parish Church is celebrating the 650 years since the death of Bishop Grandisson, our founding Bishop. There is a Celebration Service at 10am.

The Church is also having an Open Morning this morning (Saturday) with coffee, cake and tours of the building. This evening the choir are performing in concert.

Explore is back next Sunday (21 July) when, in a change to the programme, we will be hearing from Kay and Jessica Ammon about their campaign ‘It’s Not OK’. Annette and Steve will be leading.

Trinity: Are You?

The Band Trinity wanted to write a song about God with new words, and new imagery.  The song is Summery: it’s guitar-driven, with Peruvian drums and trumpets. The band say we’re often so preoccupied with ‘our opinion and stance’ on something that we forget that Biblical ‘knowing’ the mysterious God is by loving Him. They suggest that the next time you find yourself wondering what to think about something: Love it first, like Jesus did. Only love can handle the truth. And ‘for God so loved the world that He gave His Son’.. So there is an abundance of Love to be found in Him. Enough for all of us.

I can’t understand it or figure it out

Lost in your mystery is where I am found

Trinity, Are You?

The full words are:

Are you?
that homesick feeling in my soul?
The fire
Desire
That won’t leave me alone
the sum of all creation’s secrets
hidden in it all?
are you

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No Outsiders

This is a line from Rend Collective’s song No Outsiders. You can hear the whole song here.

The image is from UCB.co.uk.

When my soul was shipwrecked
Tossed upon the waves
You were the shore
You are the Father
And there are no orphans

1 Kings 18: People fell to the ground crying

Then fire from the Lord came down and burned the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, and the ground around the altar. It also dried up the water in the ditch. When all the people saw this, they fell down to the ground, crying, “The Lord is God! The Lord is God!”

1 Kings 18:38-39, New Century Version

Tomorrow at Explore

Over July and August we’re looking at Four ‘One things’ in the Bible.  At Explore tomorrow Fiona begins with ‘One thing you lack’, from Mark 10:21.  11.15am, Ottery St Mary Parish Church.

1 Corinthians 15: All things

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1 Corinthians 15:24-28, The Passion Translation

24 Then the final stage of completion comes, when he will bring to an end every other rulership, authority, and power, and he will hand over his kingdom to Father God. 25 Until then he is destined to reign as King until all hostility has been subdued and placed under his feet. 26 And the last enemy to be subdued and eliminated is death itself.

27 The Father has placed all things in subjection under the feet of Christ.Yet when it says, “all things,” it is understood that the Father does not include himself, for he is the one who placed all things in subjection to Christ. 28 However, when everything is subdued and in submission to him, then the Son himself will be subject to the Father, who put all things under his feet. This is so that Father God will be everything in everyone!