There is a story about one of the greatest theologians of the 20th century, Karl Barth. When asked in 1962 on a visit to America how he would summarize the essence of the millions of words he had published, he replied, "Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so." This is a picture of the phrase : ‘The simplicity on the far side of complexity’. It talks about getting to a renewed appreciation of a simple but profound truth after doing the hard work of deep thinking, deep research and deep reflection. A complete ‘newbie’ may arrive at the same conclusion, but their understanding is simple and shallow whereas the other understanding is simple and deep. When you come across someone who has thought long and hard about something, their depth of understanding brings richness to your own. “Jesus forgives my sins” may be a decent summary of Hebrews chapters 8-9, but the writer takes us on an amazing journey through the ‘back story’ of this simple truth. The result? Hopefully a vastly greater appreciation in our hearts and minds when this simple phrase is found on our lips. Come along this Sunday as we journey through the complexity to the simplicity of this profound phrase.
This Sunday 7 April…
"Of Forgiveness and the Auckland Harbour Bridge” Have you ever had a wake-up call when you realise just how lucky you are? This is what Hebrews 8-9 is supposed to be to Christians who are a bit over-familiar with their forgiveness.
Good Friday Service: Friday 19 April from 9:30-10:15am.
Easter Sunday Service: Sunday 21 April at 10am
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 Olwyn Dickson.
Ignite is for young people in years 6 and above, led by Matt and Elisha.
mainly music for young children is every Tuesday at 10am in the church lounge.
This Sunday is Hospitality Sunday! It would be great if everyone coming to the service expected to either be a guest at someone's house for lunch, or to host someone else.
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.
This Sunday evening at 7pm. Come along to join us in prayer.
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.
Don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed this Saturday night!
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!