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Season 6 - Week 4

“You are God and we are not”


If you’re anything like me, you may have a tendency towards conflict avoidance. It’s never a good thing for any relationship. And it’s certainly not a good thing for our relationship with God. With our friends and family, we often continue in relationship but we skilfully avoid discussing the ‘awkward’ issues, or referring back to painful arguments.

This is not the sort of relationship that David had with God. The Psalms detail the extent of David’s complaint and accusatory tone in the direction of the One who said “He is a man after my own heart”. In contrast, I wonder how often I am “a man avoiding the pain of God’s heart”. I push genuine feelings of confusion, anger and disappointment down inside in an attempt to “play nice”.

So my hope is to provide the space for people to worship all of God and not just the domesticated parts of his personality. Can we connect in the pain, instead of leaving it at the door?

Andy recorded a simple acoustic version of the song at his church recently - scroll down to listen. And here are the lyrics if you'd like to chew over them some more.

YOU ARE GOD, WE ARE NOT

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1 Praise to the God who often seems silent

A E

Praise to the God whose plan isnt clear

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Praise to the God whose story sounds violent

A E

Praise to the God both distant and near

2 Praise to the God who dwells in cathedrals

Praise to the God who lives in the slum

Praise to the God who's given us free will

Praise to the God whose will will be done

E E/D A E

You are God, and we are not

You are God, and we are not

3 Praise to the God whose world is in chaos

Praise to the God whose peace is secure

Praise to the God who often delays us

Praise to the God whose motives are pure

4 Praise to the God who cant be conscripted

Praise to the God who doesn't make sense

Praise to the God who won't be constricted

Praise to the God who will cause offence

You are God, and we are not

You are God, and we are not

Bm A E Bm A E Bm A E

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

A/C# D E

To the God who cant be tamed

5 Praise to the God who rations his healing

Praise to the God setting some of us free

Praise to the God who is stopping and kneeling

Praise to the God who is weeping with me

6 Praise to the God who gives cancer permission

Praise to the God who gives all of himself

Praise to the God who surrendered position

Praise to the God who puts love before health

You are God, and we are not

You are God, and we are not

7 Praise to the God whose nature is justice

Praise to the God who will have his say

Praise to the God whos sitting in judgment

Praise to the God who lets some slip away

8 Praise to the God who loves Trump and Theresa

Praise to the God who hates lying and greed

Praise to the God who is taking a knee now

Praise to the God who is taking the lead

You are God, and we are not

You are God, and we are not

Hallelujah,Hallelujah,Hallelujah

To the God who cant be tamed

9 Praise to the God who suffers in mourning

Praise to the God who reigns without end

Praise to the God who moves without warning

Praise to the God I can’t comprehend

10 Praise to the God who often is hiding

Praise to the God who is seeking the lost

Praise to the God who swallowed his pride and

Praise to the God who would hang on a cross

11 Praise to the God whose kingdom is coming

Praise to the God who is biding his time

Praise to the God whose welcome comes running

Praise to the God with patience sublime.

12 Praise to the God who is holding the tension

Praise to the God of both autumn and spring

Praise to the God of this glorious invention

Praise to the God who renews the whole thing.

© 2017 Downwardly Mobile Music – www.andyflan.com
Lyrics and Music – Andy Flannagan – info@andyflan.com


You are God and we are not

You are God and We Are Not by Andy Flannagan

Matthew 15:21-28

Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David,have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”

Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”

He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”

The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.

He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

“Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.”And her daughter was healed at that moment.

This week's author

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Andy Flannagan

Questions & Challenges

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Are there questions you are avoiding bringing to God?

What struggles with his character or story do you talk to other people about but not bring to him? (Or do they only exist inside your head?)

“That’s one of the things I really want to ask God when I get to heaven” is a thing you often hear people say. Is it possible he might reply, “Why have you waited this long to ask?” Create a word file consisting of 5 challenging questions you would like to ask him. They could be about your life, your family, or the wider world. Spend 25 minutes with God, taking 5 minutes talking and listening around each of the questions. If you feel it’s appropriate, email your questions to openme@youthscape.org.uk

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Thank you that your life was hard too. Thank you that you cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Thank you that you weren’t always polite.

Lord, forgive me

when I keep you within the box of my human understanding

when I wait for successes before I praise you

when I wait for defeats before I ask for help

when I want to discuss you more than I want to communicate with you

when disappointments drive me to social media before you

when I only speak to the certainty and ignore the mystery.

I don't always understand you. But I love you. And I fear you.

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Week 2

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PUBLISHED: 26 FEB, 2018

Week 3

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PUBLISHED: 6 MAR, 2018

Week 5

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PUBLISHED: 20 MAR, 2018

Week 6

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PUBLISHED: 27 MAR, 2018

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