Good to see you this evening. My name is Tim and I will be leading this evening’s presentation.
If you are new and have not been to the Bridge before welcome, our presentation will last for about an hour, and there are activities for the children and young people a little later on. We are also happy if they want to stay in – so no pressure!
We may do some things this evening that you are not comfortable with. If you don’t feel comfortable please do not feel that you have to join in…
Afterwards we spend time together with eating and drinking. Don’t worry if you haven’t bought anything with you, plenty to eat.
We start a new series this week making the most of 60 minutes of family and community life
Video clip – US Airbus flown by Captain Chelsey Sullenberger takes off and crash lands on Hudson River
What would you do?
The plane took off and then immediately flew through a flock of birds. The plane lost both engines. What would have done next if you had been one of the 155 passengers on board the US Airways Airbus plane?
Talk & Bible reading
We live in a strange culture if you think about it.
We have never had so many time saving gadgets yet so many seem to have so little time.
Why is it that 1 in 3 people will now live on their own in a house?
In 2004 one in every 2 meals was eaten alone.
The average life expectancy is increasing with 20-25% of those born in 2001 expected to live to over 100. We have more time that ever, but….
Question: “This programme is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running science fiction television show in the world, and as the “most successful” science fiction series of all time, in terms of its overall broadcast ratings, DVD and book sales, iTunes traffic, and “illegal downloads”.”
Which programme is it?
Answer: Dr Who
What is Dr Who? He is a time lord, he can move and control time.
And so to our theme of Making time,…
last time I checked I was unable to make time. Not sure if anyone else here is able to? But if you had limited time what would you do? What would be your priorities?
One of the ladies on that ill fated Airbus told her story, “As soon as I knew we were in trouble I rang my family on my cell phone to say “I love you”. She made time. You might want to argue that she had no choice as she had nothing else to do apart from wait, but,….she made time for the important people in her life. She focused on her priorities.
It is often said that people will focus on their priorities on their death bed. Strange but people never seem to say “I wish I had spent more time at the office.” An awful lot of them, as they review their lives reflect they wish they spent more time with their family, the people that matter most to them.
I might not be able to make time, but I can prioritise how I use it. How someone uses their time can tell you a lot about their priorities.
A father was sitting at his desk with his diary and his daughter came up to him and asked “What are you doing?” He replied he was putting some dates and times in his diary to meet some important people. She wanted to know if here name was in the diary.
Many of us will perhaps have a picture of God as someone who is distant, remote, disinterested and who certainly does not have the time for me of for you. In fact the bible says exactly the opposite.
The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighbourhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
the one-of-a-kind glory,
like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
true from start to finish.
John pointed him out and called, “This is the One! The One I told you was coming after me but in fact was ahead of me. He has always been ahead of me, has always had the first word.”
We all live off his generous bounty,
gift after gift after gift.
We got the basics from Moses,
and then this exuberant giving and receiving,
This endless knowing and understanding—
all this came through Jesus, the Messiah.
No one has ever seen God,
not so much as a glimpse.
This one-of-a-kind God-Expression,
who exists at the very heart of the Father,
has made him plain as day.
John 1:15-18 (The Message)
Christians would say that God made time itself. You might think him as the original Time Lord.
But more he did more than that. He decided that we, humans, would be top of his priority list. He made a choice to come and spend time with us, he decided to make time for us,……
We are in the diary, there are dates and times with our names on in his diary. Sometimes though we just don’t turn up,..we might confess to not even knowing we are in the diary,…we might angrily say that we did know we had an appointment.
We are top of God’s priorities
But more than that he believes we are a priority. If you believe you will do something it will often make the difference when you don’t really want to.
God also planned. He made plans to be with us, he did that uniquely in the person of Jesus Christ, who our readings talks about as coming and living in our neighbourhood. But that was not just about the past, about 200 years. Jesus is no longer around today, so how does that help me today? It does because he left his agent, his helper with us so he can be with us anytime. The diary is always open if you like.
I think we can learn from the nature of God about our own relationships.