I love a small story buried in the Old Testament of a king called Jehoshaphat, who was being attacked by a vast army that his nation had no hope of resisting (you can read it in 2 Chronicles 20). People from all over his land came to him and they together sought God's will. Then we are told that the king stood up and led them in a prayer. His first words set the tone for all that followed:
"Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you."
What an amazing declaration of who God is! At moments like this, it is good to remind ourselves of who God is, because that sets the course for where we place our confidence and how we will approach the problems in front of us.
Near the end of his prayer he then turns his attention to himself and his nation, and he confesses that he has absolutely no solutions. No strategic plan ... no goal-setting ... no collaboration will help in this situation. On the surface it looks like they are at the mercy of circumstances. In reality, Jehoshaphat knows that they are actually resting in the mercy of God. And so he finishes his prayer with one of the most profound, dependent, humble-yet-hopeful sentences you will find ... "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you!"
I am in the mood to pray a similar prayer, and you might be also. Let's take a leaf from Jehoshaphat's play-book and remind ourselves of exactly who we are talking to when we talk to God. Then with humble-hope say, "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you!"
This Sunday 5 April…
When 'If-Then' Gets You Into Trouble:Assumptions can blind us to reality. What are the assumptions we bring into the Easter story that cause us to miss what is really happening? The account found in Matthew 27:27-44 gives us some pointers! Tune in to find out more!
Small Group Study
Over the next four weeks, Murray will be running a small group study called Archaeology and Jesus. This will happen on Mondays at 11am. If you are interested in joining, please email the office.
Kids Programs This Sunday
Because of the lock down, there will be no kids program going forwards, but we are looking to provide some resources for parents soon.
faith @ 6:30
faith @ 6:30 is happening this Sunday night and we're going to try and do it by Zoom. If you'd like to join us at 6:30pm, you need Zoom and to email us for a link. We're going to be talking a little bit about an article that you can access if you click here so if you get a chance to read it before Sunday night, that would be great, but if you don't that's also great! Feel free to email us with any questions.
mainly music Cancelled
Our gathered mainly music sessions for young children have had to be stopped due to COVID19, but we have taken it online, and are posting weekly sessions for you to watch. Check out our Facebook page for these.
Ignite Youth Group
Please contact the church if you would like to find out what is happening with Ignite Youth.
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.
Thursday Morning Home Group
Home Group in the church lounge on the third Thursday 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 Thursday 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!