This morning our ‘Look at the Book’ group did our last session looking at the Psalms – it was a great time! We were looking at Psalm 51, and at one point, our chat moved on to the importance of the outwards expressions of worship being an accurate reflection of the attitude of our hearts. David says at one point, that God does not desire sacrifice, but then only a few verses later speaks about how God will delight in sacrifices. On the surface, this is a contradiction, until you realise that the ‘undesirable sacrifice’ was undesirable because the condition of the worshipper’s heart was not right. By contrast, God delights in sacrifices that are an outward expression of an inward reality. There is a challenge there for us. Are we simply ‘going through the motions’ with God? Do our outward displays of devotion mirror an inward reality of devotion? Something to think about. We then talked about the poor woman who was praised by Jesus for giving the smallest of offerings into the temple treasury. Jesus said of her, ‘This poor widow has put in more than all the others' (Luke 21:3). This story got me thinking … this woman’s inner reality … her ‘heart’, if you will … was full of love for God and trust in God. Yet we never would have known it if she hadn’t embodied it in an outward expression. She would never have become an example Jesus could use if she hadn’t externalized it in a way which was visible. So, perhaps there are two learnings here for us: God doesn’t want an outward display of worship or service for God which does not match our inner reality. But in a sense, he also can’t ‘use’ an inner reality that isn’t expressed in outward behaviour. May we be those who have both a genuine love for our Rescuer and the boldness to show it!
This Sunday: Family Service
Spark and Blaze programmes begin again this Sunday! Come join us 🙂
Youth Group is back for term 2! Stay tuned for more details.
Time: 10 am (during the Sunday morning gathering)
Date: Every Sunday during school term
Bible Study Connect Group
Come along next Thursday at 10:30am, either physically or on zoom to enjoy a new video series by N.T. Wright and Michael Bird on the 'world' that the New Testament came out of. Please contact Murray for more details!
Worship This Sunday: Gathered AND Online
It was so exciting to be back together in our church building again! We will be doing it again this week at 10am (with masks and vaccine passports)!
There will also be an online service available to view, and a link will be sent out to you at 10am on Sunday morning.
Prayer Connection Points
Come along to a prayer gathering at the church lounge Thursdays from 11:30am-12:00pm. Masks are required. Also, On Mondays from 12:00 – 12:30pm there will be an Online Prayer Gathering for half an hour via zoom. Contact the office if you would like the meeting link and passcode.
The Book Club has chosen their first book - "One Soul At A Time" - a biography of Billy Graham. Please contact Carolina at the church office if you want to join - it's not too late!
If you or others you know are having to isolate because of covid, please contact the office.
We are back... And back in the building! We will be meeting at 10am in the RBC lounge.
Thursday Morning Bible Study Group
Every Thursday morning at 10:30am in the church lounge. We are currently running an series on The New Testament In Its World. 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! Please note that masks are required.
Thursday Prayer Group
Every Thursday in the church lounge from 11:30am - 12:00 pm. Contact the office for more information. Please note that masks are required.
Monday Zoom Prayer Group
From 12:00 – 12:30pm on Zoom. Contact the office if you would like the zoom link to be sent to you.
Thursday Night Book Club
Every Thursday from 7:30pm via Zoom. Contact the office if you would like the zoom link to be sent to you.
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!
Wednesday Night Home Group
Thursday Morning Home Group