I’m an asthmatic. This means the importance of breathing has at times been more obvious to me than it might be to others! (especially in those moments when my lungs sounded like broken bellows and every next breath was a small victory). Fortunately, medicine has come a long way and my asthma doesn’t impact me that much now, but there is still an abiding sense of gratitude that I feel for the simple pleasure of an easy breath. Breath truly is life. And so it seems SO right to me that both the Hebrew and the Greek words for ‘spirit’ also mean ‘breath’ (or ‘wind’) … the Holy Spirit is in one sense the holy ‘breath’ of God, and just as with our physical breathing, the Holy Spirit breathes life into people and situations. With life comes growth and change, stimulation and newness. We see that in the Old Testament, where the Holy Spirit brought out words of truth and timeliness from prophets and kings to change the people and culture around them. We see it in the birth of the early church – the fuller title of the book of Acts is ‘The Acts of the Apostles; really it should be called ‘The Acts of the Holy Spirit’, because the Spirit was the driving force behind the rippling expansion of the gospel into the world. And we see it in the Christmas story as well. The Holy Spirit was the midwife, ushering the life of God’s son into the world of humanity when he overshadowed a young woman called Mary. He also brought words of truth and interpretation into those who witnessed this most profound act of life-giving. The Holy Spirit, it seems, delights in bringing life and breath, growth and change. This Christmas, as we reflect on the moment when the Breath of Heaven brought Life himself into our world, remember that the Holy Spirit wants also to be your ‘breath’. Each day, open yourself like a dry sponge to the Holy Spirit, asking him to fill you again. It is as important as breathing.
This Sunday 22 December…
Misinterpreting Christmas... As a culture, we get Christmas so wrong, don't we? But the Holy Spirit pre-empted the birth of Jesus with some clues to understanding it better. Come and see how we can avoid misinterpretation (Luke 1: 67-79).
mainly music for young children has now finished for 2019. It will begin again when school goes back in 2020.
Kids Programs This Sunday
There will be no kids programs this Sunday as it is now the school holidays.
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 for young people in years 6 and above will be staying in for the service.
Out of Office
Please note that Murray will be away from 29 December - 3 January and then 6 - 25 January.
The office will be closed from Wednesday 25 December. It will re-open on Tuesday 7 January with normal hours.
Christmas Day Service
Wednesday 25 December from 9:30-10:30am.
Free Library Books
A number of books have been culled from the church library and people are welcome to help themselves to any they may want. Please help yourselves from the boxes in the lounge before Christmas week.
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!
Check out what is happening at RBC this Christmas season!