I don't know if you are a 'Lord of the Rings' fan? There are a few of them to be found in my house, and because of that, some interest in Amazon Prime's Rings of Power series which is soon to be released (although on yet another streaming platform!!!!). I was reading some musings from a Tolkien fan, Pete Peterson, on the rightness of wrongness of adapting an existing classic, and he was entirely positive. Here is what he said:
Tolkien championed the idea of humans as sub-creators—images of God who take creation and reshape it into endless lesser creations. In this new Lord of the Rings series, people are doing exactly that. They’re borrowing from the master’s legendarium and fashioning new tales and new characters and new visions of the world they love. In his essay “On Fairy-Stories,” Tolkien gives us the “Cauldron of Story”—a great kettle into which all our tales and histories are tossed and boiled. They stew and combine, and in each generation, new flavours are added, and new soups are tasted and served up for the good of those who gather. Sometimes what boils up might only taste like a faint trace of the original bones in the broth. But often, a storyteller pulls out of the mix something that tastes familiar and satisfies. That’s the wonder I wait for. Tolkien suggests that, as images of a God who creates ex nihilo, we rearrange the existing world in the form of songs and poems and paintings and stories. We “sub-create.” And what we make bears an imprint of us and our personal particularity. The same goes for artists down through the ages, who each take up the brush of the master and make something new that reflects what they know of the world. Few writers of the previous century have enriched the cauldron so well as J. R. R. Tolkien. It’s lovely to live in an age when we can see his legendarium taken up into the tradition of story he loved so well. For out of the cauldron it came, and into the cauldron it returns. Now its notes and flavours flow forward into the age to come. Long live the pot. Pass the soup.
Some interesting thoughts on the validity of bringing new interpretations to what has been done before!
This Sunday: Privilege, Peace, Purpose
This Sunday, we begin a series on the book of Romans. Come along as we orient ourselves to this amazing book and begin to understand why Paul wrote it.
Our Sparks and Blaze programmes are on every Sunday during the school Term. Years 0 - 6. We look forward to seeing you there!
Join our yr 9-13 Youth Group!
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Date: Every Wednesday during school term
Join us for Ignite, our youth group for yr 7-8!
Time: 10 am (during the Sunday morning gathering)
Date: Every Sunday during school term
Join us on Sunday morning as we finish painting the Youth room. Please bring a shirt you are able to paint in.
Ignite meets during our Sunday morning gathering.
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. Contact the office 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.
Knitting for Friendship
Every Thursday from 1:30pm - 3:00pm. Held at the home of Margaret Howie-Pask. For more details, please contact the office.
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 Baptist NZ App
There is now a Baptist NZ app! This replaces the Baptist Magazine and is a digital platform for churches across NZ to connect, encourage and resource one another by sharing stories, articles, podcasts and news.
You can learn more about it by clicking here.
It can be downloaded from both the Apple App Store and the Google Play store.
Are You Able To Help on Sunday Mornings?
Pastor Murray is looking to get a person or a small team of people together who would be available to help setup the facilities before the church service on Sunday mornings. Can you help? Please contact him for more information
Remuera Baptist Men’s Group meets monthly – this is generally on the first Saturday of the month. Contact the office for more details.
Our next meeting will be Monday September 12 at 11 a.m followed by shared lunch. This will be a special meeting to meet John McMullan on his return from Kolkata All welcome to join us!
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. Please get in touch with the church office if you would like to attend.
If you or others you know are having to isolate because of covid, please contact the office.
We run mainly music sessions during the school term every Tuesday, 10am in the RBC Auditorium. If you have kids or know of anyone who does, please invite them to come along! Please also keep the attendees and volunteers in your prayers.
Thursday Morning Bible Study Group
Every Thursday morning at 10:30am in the church lounge. We will be looking 1 Corinthians, another letter Paul wrote, this coming Thursday. 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.
Knitting for Friendship
Every Thursday from 1:30pm - 3:00pm. Held at the home of Margaret Howie-Pask. If you would like to join, please get in touch with the church office.
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