How can molecules of water defeat molecules of rock? And yet they do. I have seen buttresses of rock carved and shaped by the ocean, and mighty coastlines worn down by the waves. It doesn’t happen quickly. It may take centuries or more. The rock is obstinate and clings to its own; it fights erosion. But the tide is patient and every time it laps against the stone, the water weans it a little bit more away from its defences. I have seen this same dynamic in my own life – have you? The walls I put up against God over the years have slowly been eroded by his love and his Spirit’s power in me. His waves are mighty but also gentle, and sometimes I hardly even realise how much he has won me over. I think this is also a valid metaphor for mission. As we embody the love of Christ in the world, sometimes the results can be dramatic and instant. But more often than not, we are one of the many tidal-surges of love that God sends out into his world to shape hardened hearts into softer contours. God plays a long-game, and as his instruments, so must we. Don’t give up showing his love to those who are yet to recognise it for what it is. And pray. Pray at least as obstinately and resolutely as the hearts we face, that ‘the earth may be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea’ (Habakkuk 2:14).
This Sunday 20 October…
A Parable In Reverse: Jesus gives us some inside tips on how we should approach God as we pray. His advice may surprise you. Come along as we explore Luke 11:5-13.
Next Saturday 19 October. Meet in the church lounge at 12 noon till 2pm. A koha is appreciated. All welcome!
Ignite Youth Group
Next Friday evening is our next Ignite Youth Group night. Meet at the church at 6:30pm!
Kids Programs This Sunday
Spark is our program for older preschool to year 2 kids, led by Margaret Stewart.
Blaze is for kids in years 3-5, 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 morning at 10am in the church.
Saturday 02 November from 8am. Our Speaker will be Bruce Young. Bruce has recently retired from being a social worker. Bruce will share a little about his story and speak about his experience with grief.
Share a cooked breakfast, coordinated by chef supremo Lindsay M. We'd love to see you there. Please consider inviting a friend.
Remuera Baptist Church (641 Remuera Road) is hosting a 'Trick-or-Treat Drop-In' on Halloween Day, 31 October, from 5:30 - 7:30pm. Loads of free entertainment suitable for kids young and old. There will be a magician, bouncy castles, a sausage sizzle, face-painting ... and most exciting of all ... a chocolate-factory-themed adventure!
Young Adults Group
As young people, we believe it is super important to have a network of like-minded Christ followers surrounding us. The Remuera Baptist Church Young Adults Group meets every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm. We alternate between bible studies and social nights each week. If you are interested in joining us, or would like more information, please email the church office or message us on Facebook @remuerabaptistchurch
Leisure for Pleasure
Due to a cancellation this week, Leisure for Pleasure will happen next Tuesday, 1pm in the church lounge. There is friendly company, card and board games, quizzes, music or bring your own handcrafts. With afternoon tea to follow. All are welcome!
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.
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!