One of the Bible translations that has caused some difference in opinion over recent years is The Message. It was written by Eugene Peterson, a Presbyterian pastor and author. Eugene died one month ago and is now with his Lord. People have called The Message a ‘loosy-goosy’ rendering of God’s word, but this is unfair. Before becoming a pastor, Peterson earned a PhD in Semitic languages, and was very qualified in the art and science of bible translation. More important is the reason he wrote The Message. It came from a simple desire for the members of his church to understand the Book around which their life was to revolve, and to have it accessible in the every-day, street-level language of our modern world. And in fact, this was how the New Testament was first written down. It wasn’t hoity-toity; it was written not in classical Greek but the common Greek used by regular people every day. And at times its grammar is actually quite poor! (that should be a comfort to some of us!). Peterson aimed for connection, not just in The Message, but in the way he did life. He wrote this: ‘Speaking to people does not have the same personal intensity as listening to them. The question I put to myself is not “How many people have you spoken to about Christ this week?” but “How many people have you listened to in Christ this week?” The number of persons listened to must necessarily be less than the number spoken to. Listening to a story always takes more time than delivering a message, so I must discard my compulsion to count, to compile the statistics that will justify my existence.’ May we learn from this gentle listener, and be those who also seek humble connection with those around us.
Wednesday Night Home Group
The final Home Group for 2018 at the home of Paul & Ruth Ungemuth on Wednesday 5 December. Study of Luke’s Gospel followed by a Christmas supper. All welcome - enquiries contact the office.
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.
Carols in the Carpark
Sunday 23 December at 6:30pm. Be on the look out for more information coming soon...
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 1 December at 8am. Our speaker will be Mike Pummell. This is farewell for Mike who is leaving us next year to return to the UK. Mike will be speaking on areas he’s been involved in as well as social responsibility and what our choices are when we spend, save and invest. We will also have a discussion around ethics and fair trade issues and how our day to day choices can make a difference.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.