If you have a green thumb (which I definitely do not!) you may have come across words starting with 'rhyzo' before. Rhyzo-words have to do with roots of plants, and it comes from the Greek word 'rhyzoō', which ... funnily enough ... means 'root'! Roots are the unseen life-source of any plant; the life that you see above the surface has everything to do with the functioning of the hidden roots below the surface which continually provide sustenance to the plant. And these roots can be tenacious things! When we first moved into the church house, we inherited a kiwifruit vine which we decided we didn't really want to keep, and so we set about removing it. However, for the next 6 years, little kiwifruit plant shoots would periodically burst out of the soil from all over the lawn from an extensive and unseen network of roots which wanted to express themselves. I admired the plants stubbornness if not the work it caused me! Why this talk of roots? In his letter to a church at Ephesus, Paul writes, 'I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ ...' Guess what that word 'rooted' is? Rhyzoō! The unseen nutrient source of our lives is to be the love of Jesus for us! The visible living we do and lives we lead are to be fed by keeping ourselves tapped into the unfailing love of God. God's love is tenacious and unfailing. As we relish it, cherish it, experience it, give thanks for it, and remain certain of it ... yes, in ALL seasons of life ... it is then that we can continue to flourish. Are you tapped in? Stop for a moment and give God thanks for the love that he has for us in Christ Jesus!
This Sunday: Treasures of Darkness
This Sunday, David Jenkins will be speaking on the tantalising phrase in Isaiah 'Treasure of Darkness'.
Our Sparks and Blaze programmes will resume once the school term begins. Enjoy your holidays!
Ignite will be back in term 3. Happy school holidays everyone!
Bible Study Connect Group
Come along next Thursday at 10:30am, either physically or on zoom as we continue studying Paul's amazing letter to the church at Ephesus.
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.
Remuera Baptist Men’s Group meets monthly – this is generally on the first Saturday of the month. Our next Men's Breakfast will be at 8am in the church lounge on Saturday 8 August.
Baptist Missionary Fellowship meets at 10am on the second Wednesday of every month. This is usually at the home of Olwyn Dickson, but the venue if changed, will be advertised here.
If you or others you know are having to isolate because of covid, please contact the office.
Our mainly music sessions will resume when school begins in term 3. Have a wonderful break!
Thursday Morning Bible Study Group
Every Thursday morning at 10:30am in the church lounge. We are currently looking at the Letters that Paul wrote to the Church of Ephesus. 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