Here's an insightful little story from a man called Arthur Gordon. One raw, cold day last winter I found myself having lunch at the seaside cottage of some friends, an attractive young couple in their twenties. The only other guest was a retired college professor, a marvellous old gentleman, still straight as a lance after seven decades of living. We had planned a walk on the beach after lunch. But as gusts of wind shook the house and occasional pellets of sleet hissed against the windows, our hosts’ enthusiasm dwindled visibly. “Sorry,” said the wife, “but nobody’s going to get me out of the house in this weather.” “That’s right,” her husband agreed comfortably. “Why risk pneumonia when you can sit by the fire and watch the world go by on television?” We left them, finally, preparing to do just that. But when we came to our cars, parked some distance away, I was astonished to see the professor open the trunk of his ancient sedan and take out an ax. “Lots of lovely driftwood out there,” he said, gesturing toward the windswept beach. “Think I’ll get a load for my fireplace. I stared at him. “You’re going out there to chop wood? On this sort of afternoon?” He gave me a quizzical look. “Why not?” he said. It’s better than practicing the deadly art of nonliving, isn’t it?” And with the ax slanted across one shoulder, he set off through the dunes. I watched him go with the sudden odd feeling that something was wrong here, something curiously inverted in the proper order of things. Two youngsters were content to sit placidly by the fire; an old man was striding off jauntily into an icy wind; and I myself was left with a choice – an obscurely important choice – and precious little time to make it. “Wait!” I heard myself calling to him. “Wait, I’m coming!” A small episode, to be sure. We chopped some armfuls of wood. we loaded them into his car. We got a bit wet, but not cold. There was a kind of exhilaration about it all, the ax blade biting into the weathered timbers … but what really stuck in my mind was that phrase about the deadly art of nonliving, because I think the old professor put his finger on one of the most insidious maladies of our time: the tendency in most of us to observe rather than act, avoid rather than participate, not-do rather than do; the tendency to give in to the sly, negative, cautionary voices that constantly counsel us to be careful, to be controlled, to be wary and prudent and hesitant and guarded in our approach of this complicated thing called living.
This Sunday 2 August…
A 'Phew', A 'Huh', And A 'Woohoo!':We learned last week that the book of Revelation was given in part to help Christians to glow for Christ. But all glowing needs fuel, so what can energise us to shine? (Revelation 5)
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, led by Grace and Elisha.
Soup & Toast
The next Soup & Toast lunch will be on Sunday 2 August after the service. Please stay for this time of fellowship.
Ignite Youth Group
Ignite Youth Group has began again for term 3! Check out our planner and contact the office if you are interested in joining.
The next Men's Breakfast is this Saturday 1 August at 8am in the church lounge. The discussion after breakfast will be led by David Lindsay and will be related to the election, our political parties, the political players, the political issues & our Christian view of these things. Share a cooked breakfast, coordinated by chef supremo Lindsay M. We'd love to see you there. Please consider inviting a friend.
The next Prayer Service will be this Sunday evening at 7pm in the warmth of the youth room downstairs led by David Lindsay. All are welcome to come and pray with us.
Our mainly music sessions for young children will begin again for term 3 next Tuesday 21 July at 10am. Newcomers are welcome!
Leisure for Pleasure
Next Tuesday at 1pm in the church lounge. There is friendly company, card and board games, quizzes, music or bring your own handcrafts. With afternoon tea to follow. All are welcome!
Combined Youth Service
Once a year, youth groups from all over Auckland, meet up and do a church service together. This year, it is happening just down the road from us at Greenlane. It is an awesome time to worship in a large group, hear an epic sermon and just hang out. We'd love to take some of our young people this year. If your young person is interested, please let the office know, so we can sort transport. Again, we'd meet at 6:30 pm and hopefully be back to church by 9:30 pm.
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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