The End of Term… Already

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. A weekend away with CU, a group presentation to prepare and give, and somehow my body decided to go a little bit into shutdown and hide in my bed for far longer (but still somehow not long enough…)

Anyway. In 3 days I’ll have made it to the end of term. And what a term it’s been. A few mad moments, a great house, lots of work, and lots of CU. But it’s what’s still to come that’s most exciting.

We’ve got a carol service at York Minster. For the first time. In previous years, it was on campus. In a less than ideal location. But the two universities in York are teaming up to put it on in the Minster. And it’s so exciting because it’s such a great opportunity to invite people to hear about Jesus. They can go for free into York’s biggest tourist attraction, experience a really traditional carol service, get free refreshments, feel really Christmassy…

And it’s tomorrow. So we’ll have made it to December. Just. We’ll be even further into Advent. Our ridiculously short terms won’t hold us back!

I’ve got a few carol services coming up this year. When I get back home for Christmas, I’ll be doing the service at my home church. And then the day after, my old school will be having their one at Church. Which I might go to.

It’s a mad time of term and it’s a mad time of year. But that’s what makes it so fun 🙂

Our House – Our Family

You are members of God’s very own family, citizens of God’s country, and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.” – Ephesians 2:19b

The house I’m living in this year is great.

We often invite friends over, for food, games, even just chatting. And one in particular has commented more than once on the atmosphere in our house; how communal it is, how friendly.

It helps that all of us want the benefits of communal living. We searched in particular for a house with a dining table. We found a house with a dining table, living area, large kitchen (all open-plan) and I love it. I spend far less money on food (as we shop and cook together), and I spend the time I need to with others. I can always retreat to my room if I’m people-d out!

But I think what helps more is the one thing that brought us together in the first place: Our faith.

We are all Christians; we are all a part of God’s Church, God’s family. I know I’ve used the verse at the top before. But I think it perfectly sums up our house. I think the notion of family helps to create the atmosphere that our friend commented on.

We have come from completely different walks of life. We met through CU. We are all adopted in God’s family; we can be like family at uni.

It saddens me that other houses don’t live communally. It saddens me even more that most other houses don’t know of the Gospel. But CU exists to “give every student on campus the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel”. So that they, too, may know the love that God has for us and that we have for each other.

Hymns: Father, I Place Into Your Hands

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” – Proverbs 19:21

A simple song. A simple tune. A powerful reminder that God is sovereign.

Father, I place into Your Hands is a song I often turn to when I literally just don’t know what to do. I turned to it on June 24th, when I woke up to the fact that my country had just voted to leave the European Union. And I turned to it again this morning.

The line at the end of each verse, “For I know I always can trust you”, is particularly challenging for me. It sums up God’s goodness, mercy and sovereignty, whilst challenging me to completely trust Him. That’s not that easy!

In general, this song is a reminder that everything we do, we should do through God. We should be placing everything in His hands: our hopes, our fears, our joys, our sorrows, our worries, our relationships. And whilst that may be difficult, it’s really our only option.