Paul writes these words, ‘Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord.’ I don’t know about you, but sometimes the amount of zeal in my ‘zeal-tank’ starts getting a bit low. Paul’s words, however, function like the low-fuel gauge on our dashboards, reminding us that fervour can leak or get used up, so it needs to regularly be topped up. How do we do that? Where do we find a petrol station for passion? In the next sentence, he gives three fuel bowsers – joy, patience and faithfulness. Firstly, he says, ‘Be joyful in hope!’ – in Christ, we know that better things are coming, and this hope reaches back in time to meet us in this day. When future hope rolls back to collide with present circumstances, the result is to be JOY in the now! Secondly, he says, ‘Be patient in affliction!’ The difficulties we find ourselves in in the ‘now’ cannot be avoided, and in God’s economy may even have things to teach us for lasting benefit – so don’t fight against them; be patient in them and listen for God’s still voice in the storm. Thirdly, he says, ‘Be faithful … in prayer!’ Don’t stop chatting to God throughout the day – enjoy the access you have to your Heavenly Father. Don’t stop bringing the weighty things of the world around us – he is big enough for them. But also, don’t stop bringing the miniscule, inconsequential flotsam of life before him – he has already said he is deeply interested in the smallest details of our lives. Which of these three 'passion bowsers' do you need to pull up to today for a refill?
We have already learned that Luke and Acts are Books 1 and 2 of a series Luke wrote. Throughout both, we see the ministry of angels. What are angels, and how do they impact our lives today?
Kids Programmes during Lockdown
There will be not Blaze or Spark's programmes running due to covid restrictions.
Virtual Morning Tea
This Sunday at 11:30 am, after our worship service has been posted, we will be having a Virtual Morning Tea!
Get your biscuit and a cup of coffee and sit down for a Zoom chit-chat with others! Catch up on others' weeks, talk about whatever, leave whenever you wish, enjoy some fellowship!
The young people are also invited to this, and then will have a 'break-out' Ignite youth meeting using the same zoom link, which Matt will organise.
Trick or Treat Drop-In Cancelled
Unfortunately, we are having to cancel the Trick-or-Treat Drop-In in its current form due to our uncertainty of whether large groups of people will be able to congregate in our 'Delta World'. However, w will work on an alternative style of event that will be 'lockdown-friendly'! Stay tuned for details!
Giving to our Community During Lockdown
There are many in need in our community during lockdown. If you would like to contribute financially, a couple of good options would be to Vision West (click here) or contact Ruapōtaka Marae in Glen Innes on 09 5705340.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to meet in person for our mainly Music session. However, we are running online sessions! We will be posting a link to our online session on our Facebook page every Tuesday at 10am. Come and sing along with us!
Young Adults Home Group
Every Sunday 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!
Basix Small Group
Basix is a series of chat group courses looking at the basics of the Christian faith. Each course runs for four weeks, and discusses questions about who God is, life and the Christian faith. Please contact the office if you are interested.
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.