There is a poem made popular by Corrie Ten Boom, the Dutch woman who, along with her family helped Jews escape the Nazis in World War by hiding them in her home, and who was later sent to a Nazi concentration camp. It is a poem about the enormous contrast between the upper and under side of a tapestry. We don’t see too many tapestries today, so perhaps the metaphor is less clear than it once was. However, for those who have seen the back of tapestries, they truly are a chaotic mess of yarn. This riot of disorder is in stark contrast to the upper side of tapestries where the clear design and artistry is seen, and it is a wonderful picture of the way we may struggle to see God’s plan in the messiness of our lives, yet by faith we know that he is creating something of beauty and design that we will one day be amazed by. It is a picture that applies both to all the ‘threads’ that make up our lives as individuals; it is also a picture of the way each of us are individual threads that make up a bigger canvas. This is the theme of Prayer and Self Denial this year – we are all part of God’s growing masterpiece of weaving; we in New Zealand are connected with those who are serving overseas on our behalf in Christ’s name. God is weaving a global picture, and over the coming weeks we will be reminded of the way all of us are bound together in God’s plans. Here is the poem for your reflection:
THE WEAVER’S POEM
My life is but a weaving Between my God and me.
I cannot choose the colors He weaveth steadily.
Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow and I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper and I the underside.
Not ’til the loom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas and reveal the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful in the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver In the pattern He has planned
He knows, He loves, He cares; nothing this truth can dim.
He gives the very best to those who leave the choice to Him.
This Sunday 14 June…
Prayer and Self-denial - Woven together: Proverbs 4:9 - 12: This Sunday we are going to see how God is weaving us together as part of his story, and what that means for us in the here and now.
Kids Programmes This Sunday
Spark is our program for older preschool to year 2 kids.
Blaze is for kids in years 3-5.
Ignite is for young people in years 6 and above.
Ignite Youth Group
On Friday 12 June we are finally having our first social night back on site! We are going to watch the wonderful, true-story, movie Soul Surfer. The event is from 6:30pm - 9:00pm at the church. There is no cost for the event. Please contact Grace or Elisha for more information.
Young Adults Group
If you are interested in joining our Young Adults Group that meets weekly, please contact the church.
mainly music is back!
Our gathered mainly music sessions for young children will be beginning again next Tuesday at 10am in the church. Newcomers are welcome.
The current church office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am-1pm. We recommend you contact the office either by phone or email before you come.
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!
Myth-busters Small Group
Myth-busters is a 5 week series exploring what the Bible actually says about some key topics rather than what we think it says. Please contact the office if you are interested.
SHAPE Small Group
Pastor Murray will be leading a SHAPE Small Group series, looking at how God has wired you for service. Please register your interest by contacting the office.
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.
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