Christmas Day 8 & 930am
I look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday at 8h45 and 11am. Rev Trevor Ruthenberg is preaching at our 8h45 service.
It feels unreal to be caught up in the season of advent already with two Sundays left until Christmas. Over the Sundays in advent I will be preaching about Blessing, Belonging and Progressing or Faith, Love and Hope.
Faith gives us a way to see the world through trust in God's goodness and love. When we see through God's goodness and love we recognize our own and the world's blessedness. (FAITH)
Because of this faith we are able to love as Jesus loved; and welcome all people so we know and they know that they belong. (LOVE)
God's love is also practical, it transforms us and changes us into the people we were created to be. And so we progress. (HOPE)
11am Service Closing this Sunday, Opening 19 January
This Sunday 8 December will be the last 11am service until 19 January when we start the new year with our Covenant Service and Communion.
845 Service Only 15 Dec to 12 January
Sunday Services will continue at 845am only on 15, 22 and 29 December and 5 & 12 January.
Our Christmas Day Services will be short and family friendly at 8 & 930am.
Church Office Closed from 13 December to 13 January
The church office will be closed from Friday 13 December to Monday 13 January. You will still be able to reach me on the office number 021 557 1143 or leave a message and we will get back to you.
In emergencies you have the numbers of the pastoral carers and stewards and my number in the notices.
Read Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16
"Whoever goes to the LORD for safety..." - Psalm 91:1
In John's gospel Jesus says: "I am the way... no one comes to the father but through me..." This doesn't mean that Christians have some sort of access control - it is a reminder that Jesus himself is the gate keeper. Not people. Not institutions... the Psalmist reminds us that God doesn't turn anyone away.
Lord, I turn to you for safety. Thank you for welcoming me into your loving arms.
Read Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
Jeremiah is imprisoned for prophesying against the king. His prophesy will come true. Within the reality of a very negative situation... The Kingdom about to fall - Jeremiah still buys property. Anticipating God's rescue of his people.
Lord help me to have Jeremiah's insight. To see the reality of present difficulties. And to know your plans for the future.
Read 1 Timothy 6:6-19
...religion makes a person very rich, if they are satisfied with what they have.' - 1 Timothy 6:6
Are you satisfied with what you have?
Paul reminds us to be greedy for 'righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness...'. Do you work on these things as much as you work to get rich?
Lord help me to make righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness my first priority.
Read Luke 16:19-31
Jesus doesn't talk much about heaven and hell. But when he does it has to do with justice. A rich man who never shares with the poor man at his door ends up in 'hell' and the poor man ends up in 'heaven'.
Help me to have a right relationship with material things so that I can have a right relationship with human beings. So that I can have a right relationship with you.
Read Luke 17:5-10
I feel bad for the servant who after ploughing outside all day has to get his master's meal ready. Jesus invites us to have the attitude of humble servants - we should serve God because we are God's servants; not because we want some sort of a reward.
I just want to serve you Lord. Help me not to have mixed motives.