I recently read this great piece from another NZ Baptist church about Psalm 122:3-4. Look at what the psalm says about Jerusalem. “A well-built city, built as a place of worship! The city to which the tribes ascend, all God’s tribes go up to worship.” In this psalm, as throughout much of the Hebrew bible, Jerusalem is first and foremost the place of worship for God’s people. All the great festivals were held in the city, the Temple was there. Jerusalem was where you went to be reminded of who you were and who God was; to be reminded of the story of God and his people and of your place in that story, and to witness that story being re-enacted in the rituals and actions of worship. In Jerusalem, everything comes together into a single unified whole – including the people. Everything fits together here. Nothing is left out, there are no loose ends. That’s what worship does. It provides the framework, the solid structure and rhythm that tell us who we are and where we stand. That framework of worship and the rhythm of worship it engenders are crucial if we are to be able to be God’s people in the world. To piece our lives together, to bring them together into a unified whole – both our individual lives and our corporate identity – requires a framework of worship in order to be effective, not just for our sake and for the sake of offering genuine worship to a worthy God, but also for the sake of a broken, unordered, split, hurting world in need of repair. What does it mean to be God’s “chosen people”? What are we chosen for? How does worshipping structure your life and being? Let’s pray: “Holy God, thank you that you call me your special possession, your precious child. Help me live in a way that reflects your great mercy and love, that others may see all you have done in my life. Amen.” (www.swbc.org.nz/blog/2020/06/21/psalm-122/)
This Sunday 28 June…
Prayer and Self-denial - Perfect Picture: Ephesians 2:10: This Sunday we are looking at the glimpses that we get from God's perfect tapestry and the hope that we can have in Jesus, if we have faith, remembering that we are part of God's woven picture.
faith @ 6:30
This Sunday is our all-age evening service, faith @ 6:30 service. We do worship, having discussions, and eat ice-cream too! We will be talking about 1 John 2, so give it a read before Sunday night if you can. Everyone is welcome to come along!
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.
As part of their last event, the Ignite Youth Group will be doing a Clothing Drive. If you have clothing that you would like to donate, please speak to Grace or Elisha on Sunday if you have not already. After the service this Sunday 28 June, Ignite will be having a shared lunch with their families, and then will split up and go to different congregation members houses to collect the clothing.
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.
Our gathered mainly music sessions for young children are every Tuesday at 10am in the church. Newcomers are welcome.
Men's Breakfast is back on Saturday 4 July from 8am! We will be having a discussion on the different experiences of the recent lock down. Share a cooked breakfast, coordinated by chef supremo Lindsay M. We'd love to see you there. Please consider inviting a friend.
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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