Showing posts from March, 2016

Easter, Good Friday and Holy Week

Hi Table View Methodist Family, We have been reflecting on John's gospel - chapters 14-16 at our Holy Week Services.  Jesus tells his disciples:  "If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever." - John 14:15-16 The commandment that Jesus has just given to his disciples is the commandment to "Love one another as I have loved you."   Loving Jesus is not that difficult.  Loving 'one another' is more difficult.  To help us - Jesus sends the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit also leads us into truth.  This truth is the truth that God loves us and has adopted us as his children.  It is the truth that our sins can be forgiven - God's love for us revealed on the cross is truth .  Jesus reminds his disciples: "You did not choose me, I chose you."   He reminds us that he does not 'give as the world gives' - the world gives conditiona

Holy Week and Easter

Hi Table View Methodist Family, I went to the doctor to fix my throat on Monday and he sent me home for the week ; which is a good thing because besides doing some extra sleeping I've been able to think pray about Holy Week . I look forward to journeying through Holy Week with you from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday . 20 March - Palm Sunday In Holy Week we celebrate the final days of Jesus' life (from Palm Sunday to Good Friday ).  Palm Sunday presents us with the opportunity to follow the procession of Jesus and his disciples all the way to the temple in Jerusalem where rightful Kings would be appropriately anointed and enthroned.  Services will take place at 8, 930 and 11am . The Palm Sunday procession stops short of the temple; Jesus is not anointed and enthroned as he should be.  We are invited to examine our lives.  To ask ourselves: Is Jesus Lord of my life? 21-23 March - Monday , Tuesday , Wednesday 7pm During Jesus final week he cr

Pastoral Note, Holy Week, Easter

Hi Table View Methodist Family, This Sunday at 8, 930 and 11am we take a look at the book of Judges.  In Judges we read about famous and interesting Bible Characters like Gideon, Deborah and Samson (The Judges).  A Judge is essentially a 'justice bringer' someone who is called to restore balance between people and between people and God.  Jesus says: "Blessed are the peacemakers..." He introduces a New Testament version of being a 'Judge' or a justice bringer; a peacemaker. How can you make peace within yourself and within the world you live in?  Let us pray about that as we reflect on the scriptures this Sunday . In preparation for this Sunday I invite you to read chapter 8 of The Story or the following excerpts from scripture: Judges 2-4, 6-8, 13-16. Sunday 20 March is Palm Sunday - so we will be taking a break from The Story until next term when we will start with Chapter 8 (The book of Ruth) on 10 April . Holy Week 20-27 March

Pastoral Note - 3 March 2016

Hi Table View Methodist Family, I look forward to sharing in communion with you at 8, 930 and 11am this Sunday.  We will also reflect on the book of Joshua; Chapter 7 of The Story: This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it.  For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful.  I hereby command you:  Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. - Joshua 1:8-9 We love the line - 'Be strong and courageous...'  But remember the the context:  "Act in accordance with what is written in the law..."  Before we began our journey through the story I drew our attention to 2 Timothy 3:16.  Paul reminds us that scripture is useful for 'teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that all God's people may be thoroughly equipped