Sunday December 22nd, 2019

Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.

When angel Gabriel visited Mary and explained that she was to give birth to Jesus, I am sure that a million fears ran through Mary’s mind. Would her fiancé Joseph believe her or disown her? How would her family react? Would friends reject her? Could she be stoned for being unmarried and pregnant? However, instead of succumbing to fear, she chooses to shake off any anxious thoughts and places her trust entirely in God.

Her words both convict and inspire me; “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” It is because she responded in this way that Mary delivered the miracles of miracles, Jesus. Her obedience effectively changed the world. I wonder what New Zealand would be like if every believer responded to the promptings, direction and whispers of God in this way. What would it be like if we all trusted God so completely that fear had no hold, rejection had no authority and death had no power?

With love & blessings, Sandra


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