Early one morning, a man stood on a beach looking out on the lake at a fishing vessel returning to shore after what had been an unsuccessful nocturnal fishing expedition. The man was waiting to see the fishermen because they had been friends. In particular, he wanted to see one of them, whose name was Peter. Peter was one of those ‘act-first-think-later’ people, and when he saw the solitary figure on the beach and realized it was Jesus, he jumped into the icy water and swam to shore. The boat was simply too slow for him! All signs of a healthy relationship there, right? And yet …
Jesus had a plan in the meeting. Some time earlier, on a dark and savage night, Peter had been surrounded by pointing fingers and skeptical eyes, and beset by fear, had denied having any connection with Jesus. “He’s no friend of mine.” “Nothing to see here.” “Don’t even know the man.” All ties of relationship he had verbally snipped with sharp words in three different soundbites.
And so here on this beach … with divine symmetry, Jesus asks him three (yes, three!) times, “Peter, do you love me? Do you love me? Do you love me?” There is so much going on in this conversation that cannot be unpacked here, but at its heart, Jesus was taking Peter back to basics. “For every time you chose against relationship with me, will you now choose for it?” “Do you love me?” He will later call Peter to service, but first he calls Peter to love. Love must come before service because service must flow from love. Yes, service can exist without love, but when it comes to serving Jesus, it simply mustn’t! Love can leak. Love can be covered over by service, but it is only in loving well that we serve well. Do you hear Jesus asking these words of you? “Do you love me? Do you truly love me? Do you still love me?”
This Sunday 14 June…
Prayer and Self-denial - Mending the Mess:This Sunday we are going to continue Self-Denial by talking about 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
Our last event of the term will be on Sunday 28 June. After the service on 28th we will be having a shared lunch as the youth group and families. We are also doing a clothing drive where we will be collecting clothing from the congregation during this afternoon. Please see Grace or Elisha with any queries.
Young Adults Group
The Young Adults Group meets weekly. We are going to be having dinner together before faith @ 6:30 on Sunday 28 June. If you would like to join us, please contact the church.
mainly music is back!
Our gathered mainly music sessions for young children are every 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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