Today's sermon was written and preached by Lay Reader, James Tuite Sermon for the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity I wonder what happened to the other 9 lepers? Perhaps they got so caught up in how happy they were, that they simply forgot to return and give thanks. Perhaps, given that they were cleansed from their leprosy, they simply returned to normal life with great gusto! Sometimes it is easier to think of God when we want something from him. When we want a prayer answered or when we have a major life choice we are trying to make. But when the sun comes out and shines upon our face, it is all to easy not to thank God for the sunshine we are led enjoying. I think there is some wisdom in calling to mind some of the words of God to Job 4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? 8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? 9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, 10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, 11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed? 12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place. Why to I bring this quote up? I think it’s a good idea for us all to have in mind that the God we profess to love and serve is not some sort of celestial customer complaints department. He is not there, simply to respond to our complaints, in ways which are acceptable to us. I’m reminded of a quote about Aslan in ‘The Lion the witch and the wardrobe’ “Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion." "Ooh" said Susan. "I'd thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion"..."Safe?" said Mr Beaver ..."Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you.” Not safe but good, this is an allegory for God. The blessed trinity, God in three persons. He has always existed and will always exist, he knows all and he sees all. He created the beautiful world in which we live, and he created us, he sustains us and loves us with a love which we cannot even fully comprehend. But he is at the same time perfectly holy, we should have a godly fear of him, after all “the fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom”. If we question God when bad things happen, and when our plans don’t go the way we want them too, if we question his love for us, his wisdom, or even his existence, let us remember that he is not created to serve us, and cater to us, he is not created at all! Instead he created us, and he promises us his love and fidelity even though we may be unfaithful. God does not promise us that everything will be a walk in the park and that we will be happy and pain free every moment of everyday, rather he promises that “if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us.” Let us then remain faithful to him, both in the good and the bad, sure there will be times when we lose heart, but out of love for us God gives us a way to repent of our failings. Like the 1 leper, that returned to praise God after his healing, let our hearts always sing the song Misericordias Domini in aeternum cantabo. I will sing forever of the mercy of God! 4 Crown him the Lord of years, the potentate of time, creator of the rolling spheres, ineffably sublime. All hail, Redeemer, hail! for thou hast died for me; thy praise shall never, never fail throughout eternity.