Sunday February 2nd, 2020

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.

At our e4 summer camp we were reminded of the importance of spiritual disciplines. I’ll be honest…..I struggle to have a regular daily time of reading my Bible. I know I should, but I don’t! I found this piece of advice particularly helpful – find a book (of the Bible), find a time and find a place. So at the start of the new year I am determined to start over and try and become more regular in this. I have found a book – Matthew (why not start at the beginning!). I have found a time – I’m a morning person so I am getting up a bit earlier to make time. I have found a place – a chair in my office with a comfy cushion and always a cup of tea. So far, it’s going fairly well. I haven’t been 100%, but we were also reminded not to beat ourselves up but to start small and work up to bigger things.

I am enjoying my new routine and throughout the day can now dwell on what the main points are that the Holy Spirit has shown me as I’ve read God’s Word which is light and truth and a firm foundation for us all.

With love & blessings,

Sandra

 

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Sunday January 26th, 2020

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.

We often hear a lot about King Saul and then King David but not so much about Prince Jonathan. Jonathan, Prince of Israel had a legacy of faithfulness. He was obedient to God at all costs, was a loyal servant and a wonderful administrator of Israel in his father’s absence. He was a trustworthy friend, an honourable son and a protective father. He willingly accepted the course God charted for him and embraced his faith with all his might. He knew without a doubt his calling and what he was and was not called to do.

Throughout this year may we all discover further the course that God has for each one of us that He has planned and laid out for us from the beginning of time. May we willingly embrace it and find our legacy in Him.

With love & blessings,

Sandra

 

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Sunday January 12th, 2020

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.

A New Year is upon us! If you have projects and ideas that have lingered dormant in your mind because you’ve assumed that pursuing them is beyond your grasp, think again.  Don’t underestimate God’s ability to bring “impossible” things to pass.  Remember the Bible says, “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).  When He places an idea in your head, trust that He has provided all it will take to bring it to fruition.

Often our biggest problem is not lack of skill or resourcefulness or time; it’s lack of faith.  We don’t believe things can happen.  But God specialises in things that seem impossible.  He can do what no other can do! Depend on Him to guide and direct you.  He wants to.  Trust the Lord!  And watch as He unfolds His plans for you, and others, in His perfect timing throughout this coming year.

With love & blessings,

Sandra

 

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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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Sunday December 15th, 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.

Over the years when I have been involved in teaching people how to pray I have sometimes used acronyms to help people with this. For example ACTS – Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. You will know others I’m sure.

Recently I learned another acronym to help during what can be a very busy and stressful time for many – REST – Remember His goodness, Express your needs, Seek His stillness and Trust in His faithfulness. This would be a good one to remember all year round as we learn to rest in His presence. As Jesus invited His disciples to come away with Him and get some rest, we too need to learn to slow down and rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.

Remember to invite your friends, family and neighbours to our ‘Carols on the Lawn’ on Saturday 21st December at 7:30pm where we will sing carols, have bible readings and hear the Christmas message presented.

With love & blessings, Sandra

 

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Sunday December 8th, 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.

CHRISTMAS is on the cards. Sending and receiving greeting cards is still part of our Christmas experience although technology has brought about some changes in the way they are delivered and received! The Christmas greeting is key because it was at the centre of the Christmas story in the Bible.

In the book of Luke, the Angel Gabriel was sent by God to Mary. His greeting and message troubled Mary. She was to conceive and to bear a son on her own. He was to be called Jesus and He would be great and be called the Son of God. Gabriel’s greeting and Mary’s response lie at the heart of Christmas. God comes to us in Jesus, born of Mary. God steps into the world and shares our human experience. The baby of Bethlehem is God with us and at Christmas we wonder at the purposes of God and marvel at His ways. It is God’s story we celebrate at Christmas and for most of us it is our story too. Like Mary we are favoured by God’s grace, and like her we are asked to believe and receive God’s gift, Jesus Christ His Son, as our Saviour and Lord. However for many of our friends, family, neighbours and colleagues this is not their story. As we lead into Christmas let us be praying each day for those around us who do not yet know Jesus.

I encourage you to be brave and invite them to our Christmas Carols on the lawn and/or our Christmas Eve service where they will hear the Christmas story clearly presented and have the opportunity to make it their story too.

With love & blessings, Sandra

 

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Sunday December 1st, 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.

What’s on your Christmas wish list this year? Does the list grow each day as you see things you want and realise what you don’t have already? Sometimes we ask for good things, but don’t realise we’re not asking for the right things. Our desire for more isn’t necessarily wrong, rather, just misplaced. While we may want more things, more presents, more of what someone else is wearing or what they have, the truth is we might actually be looking for something a little more than they could provide.

So again, consider what’s really on your Christmas list this year. Is it more joy? More peace? More love? More confidence? More reassurance that you’re where you’re meant to be? More purpose in your life? Let’s again set our hearts and our eyes on Jesus this Christmas, the Saviour of the world.

Tony and I are away this weekend celebrating our wedding anniversary. A big thanks to Michael, Teresa and Liz for ministering to our church family this weekend. We are indeed blessed.

With love & blessings,

Sandra

 

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