Do you feel like we've been here before?! How are you feeling as a result? Super-excited about the prospect of another lockdown (of uncertain duration)? Depressed? Frustrated? Peaceful? I'm not quite sure what I feel about it, but it is certainly more familiar ground than the first time we passed this way. It reminds me in some ways of the nation of Israel. Early on in their history, they were in bondage to the world super-power, serving as slaves for their pleasure of their masters. They were broken, desperate and crying out to God for help. He helped. Later on in their history, they were again in bondage to a new world super-power, serving as slaves for the pleasure of their masters. Again, they were broken, desperate and crying out to God for help. God sent them a message through the prophet Isaiah:
This is what the LORD says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. The wild animals honour me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise (Isaiah 43:16-21). God's message? "Remember my faithfulness to you last time. I may do things differently this time, but it will simply be a new expression of my unchanging goodness towards you." So let's look to God for the new ways by which he will show his enduring love to us. Kia kaha, kia toa, kia manawanui.
This Sunday 16 August…
When Good Uses Evil for Good: We continue our journey through Revelation, looking at the surprising array of 'tools' through which God accomplishes his purpose in this world (Revelation 8&9).
Kids Programmes This Sunday
There will be no kids programmes this Sunday due to our service being online. There will be an online Zoom session for Ignite held on Sunday. Grace and Elisha will provide more information soon.
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. Please note that all social events are cancelled while Auckland is under level 3 restrictions.
Church Family Shared Lunch
On Sunday 6 September we will be having a shared lunch following the morning service. Come along with a plate of food to share and join in fellowship with us. Everyone is most welcome! More details to come.
Our mainly music sessions are now online due to the level 3 restrictions in Auckland. Please head to our Facebook page to find a link to the online sessions.
The next Men's Breakfast is on Saturday 6 September from 8am! We will be having a discussion on the two referendums; End of Life Choice referendum and Cannabis legalisation and control referendum due to be voted on on 19 September. How do these things effect us as Christians and what are our views and responses to each? Share a cooked breakfast, coordinated by chef supremo Lindsay M. We'd love to see you there. Please consider inviting a friend.
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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