John tells us that Jesus came full of grace and truth (John 1:14). John didn’t choose these two words at random – he chose them very carefully. They are two opposite ends of a pendulum swing that, as people, we struggle to avoid. We tend to move, both as people and as a society, to a position of either ‘graceless truth’ or of ‘truthless grace’. The first position is one the church has been guilty of at times … emphasising proclamation of the gospel message without wrapping it in empathetic hearts, helping hands and accessible wallets. The second position of ‘truthless grace’ has been flooding the airwaves since last Friday. I was listening on talkback radio to caller after caller applauding how various religions have been forgetting their differences to come together to show solidarity after the terrible shootings last week. The unmistakable message is that the content of your belief is irrelevant so long as you are showing grace and love. Now, don’t get me wrong – our shared humanity, our love for others and our role as ambassadors of God’s compassion should impel us to love the hurting in our world and stand with those who have suffered grievous loss - no question. But the subtext that the world would be a better place if concepts of truth were jettisoned and grace was everything should disturb us. What did Jesus do? He came full of both grace and truth and managed to live holding them together in harmony. He spoke and lived truth as an expression of God’s grace; his gracious words and acts led people to truth. Let us also hold onto both.
This Sunday 24 March…
"Who's Been Walking In My Shoes?!" Jesus is described as our great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-5:10), but what does that mean for us today?
The Matthew 25 Challenge
This Sunday we are starting the Matthew 25 Challenge - a World Vision initiative to help us walk a little in the shoes of the needy in our world. Come along on Sunday to find out more!
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.
mainly music for young children is every Tuesday at 10am in the church lounge.
Hospitality Sunday is coming up on Sunday 7 April! It would be great if everyone coming to the service on that day came expecting to either be a guest at someone's house for lunch, or to host someone else. More details to come.
Saturday 6 April from 8am. Our Speaker will be Dr David Richmond, MD, founder and former chairman of the HOPE Foundation for Research on Ageing. David will be speaking on current developments in the euthanasia debate. Share a cooked breakfast, coordinated by chef supremo Lindsay M. We'd love to see you there. Please consider inviting a friend.
Sunday Evening Services
We will be starting an all-age monthly evening church service on the last Sunday of each month which will be accessible and fun for youth, but also open to adults. The first one will be held on Sunday 31 March.
Dates for 2019 are: Sunday 31 March, Sunday 28 April, Sunday 26 May, Sunday 30 June, Sunday 28 July, Sunday 25 August, Sunday 29 September, Sunday 20 October, Sunday 24 November
We have also started a monthly social night for our kids and youth. Please let anyone know who may be interested. Dates for 2019 are:
Friday 17 May, Friday 14 June, Friday 19 July, Friday 16 August, Friday 13 September, Friday 11 October, Friday 8 November, Friday 13 December.
Wednesday Night Home Group
Home Group at the home of Paul and Ruth Ungemuth every second and fourth Wednesday at 7:30pm. Each week we share in supper, do a bible study and pray for each other. Will begin on Wednesday 13 February. 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. After morning tea we do a bible study and pray together. 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. We have a shared lunch which is then followed by a time of prayer and doing a bible study. 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 of what we have going on. We'd love for you to join us!