We have a remarkable amount of freedom in life to not do things. We don’t actually have to grow up spiritually. Paul, in Romans 6 asks a question: ‘Shall we go on sinning so that grace will abound?” Put another way: If we did go on sinning, would God’s grace still abound to us? If we chose to stay stunted in sin, would God still show us goodness? My understanding of the Gospel is that the answer is ‘yes’ - that is how radical grace is!
We don’t have to continue in most relationships. In fact, we have an amazing freedom to walk away from people. There may be a few people in our world we cannot desert (usually close family members), but apart from them, we can usually sever any relationship we choose … and some even choose to sever those closest of ties.
Our lives are surrounded by myriads of opportunities that we don’t actually have to take. We could avoid or ignore every opportunity that presents itself in any given day and, chances are, we would still make it to the end of the day feeling relatively content.
But it seems to me that we are defined by what we do more than by what we don’t do. It is those who choose to grow in Godliness that develop an indefinable depth; it is those who choose to persevere with relationships and commitments that leave a legacy in the lives they have touched over the years; it is those who seize opportunities that leave ripples in the fabric of their communities. ‘Lord, give us wisdom to say ‘no’ when needed, but may this never become in us a habit that prevents us from reaching, seizing and investing. May we be defined by what we say ‘yes’ to, to the glory of Your Name.’
A massive thank you to everyone who helped out at the Trick-or-Treat Drop-In on Wednesday. We had an incredible turnout of around 1000 people from outside the church! It was a wonderful evening of connecting with the community and spreading God’s love. There will be the chance to feed back on this event in the service this Sunday.
Kids Programs This Sunday
Spark is our program for preschool kids, led by Margaret Stewart.
Blaze is for kids in years 0-4, led by Kelly Jenkins.
Ignite is for young people in years 6-10, led by Olwyn Dickson.
Leisure for Pleasure
Next Tuesday at 1pm in the church lounge. All are welcome!
ALPHA CONTINUES THIS TUESDAY, 3:30PM IN THE CHURCH
Alpha is a video and discussion-based group for those wishing to explore the basics of the Christian faith. Do you have anyone you could ask to attend? There will be brochures available this Sunday to give out to friends. Register with Murray on 095242524
mainly music for young children is every Tuesday at 10am in the church auditorium.
Saturday 3 November, 8am. Our speaker will Johannes Balzer, National Leader of Inter Serve. Johannes will talk about Interserve, some stories of what they do, and some of the holistic gospel understanding that underpins this. Share a cooked breakfast, coordinated by chef supremo Lindsay M. We'd love to see you there. Please consider inviting a friend.
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.