Hurt people hurt people. We’ve all seen it happen. I’ve certainly seen it in myself. When hurt, my desire for justice and retribution is sometimes only matched by my lack of desire to forgive! The problem is, it’s not a fleeting problem. We hurt and we get hurt all the time … bumped and bruised by the jostling of relationships and circumstances, having to tread again the well-worn road from bitterness/guilt to forgiveness/apology. I’ve been there enough times that it should be easy by now, but strangely it isn’t, although in my better moments perhaps I walk that road a little more quickly. I love that Jesus shows us how to handle injustice and pain … although copying his example seems largely beyond me! John Stott once wrote this: In the course of my travels I have entered a number of Buddhist temples in different Asian countries. I have stood respectfully before a statue of the Buddha, his legs crossed, arms folded, eyes closed, the ghost of a smile playing round his mouth, serene and silent, a remote look on his face, detached from the agonies of the world. But each time after a while I have had to turn away. And in my imagination I have turned instead to that lonely, twisted, tortured figure on the cross, nails through hands and feet, back lacerated, limbs wrenched, brow bleeding from thorn-pricks, mouth dry and intolerably thirsty, plunged in God-forsaken darkness. The crucified one is the God for me! He laid aside his immunity to pain. He entered our world of flesh and blood, tears and death. He suffered for us, dying in our place in order that we might be forgiven. David, too, suffered injustice, and at times handled it admirably. So, if you need some upskilling in this area (as I do!), let’s explore this Sunday one of the more dramatic moments in his life – 1 Samuel 24.
Soup & Toast
The next soup and toast lunch will be held on Sunday 5 August following the service. Please stay for a hot cup of soup and some fellowship together.
BMF District Meeting
The next BMF District Meeting will be held on Monday 13 August from 10:30am-1:30pm in the church lounge. All are welcome to come along and hear from speakers and pray for our overseas missionaries.
Kids Programs This Sunday
Spark is our program for preschool kids, led by Margaret Stewart.
Blaze and Ignite will be taking a break for two weeks because of the school holidays.
The new office hours for the rest of the year are:
Short-Duration Bible Studies
At the moment on a Sunday morning we are looking at the life of David. There are a number of small groups which have started up to delve deeper into these passages. If you are interested in joining one of these, please contact the church.
mainly music for young children will begin again for term 3 next Tuesday 24 July at 10am. Newcomers are welcome to just come along on the day.
Saturday 4 August at 8am. Our speaker will be two men involved the Prison Fellowship Ministry. Share a cooked breakfast, coordinated by chef supremo Lindsay M. We'd love to see you there. Please consider inviting a friend.
Christian Booksellers Roadshow
Get a great range of Christian Resources: Bibles, books and Christian gifts with offers of up to 70% off (2 hours only). 1pm – 3pm Thursday 16 August, at The Indian Christian Life Centre, 8/23 Springs Road, East Tamaki.
Wednesday Night Home Group
Home Group at the home of Paul and Ruth Ungemuth every second and fourth Wednesday at 7:30pm. Contact the office for more information.
Wednesday Morning Home Group
Home Group at the home of Joy Galt on the third Wednesday of the month at 10am. Contact the office for more information.
Sunday Afternoon Home Group
Home Group run by David and Heather Reid every second Sunday after the service at the Reid's home. Contact the office for more information.
Young Adults Home Group
Every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm. Please email the church to be added to the Facebook page, and check Facebook for updates.