Pastor’s Pen – 14 September

Dear Church,It is spring! believe me that is correct even though it doesn’t always feel like it. Spring speaks to me of life, and new life, so what better time to discuss the life we have in Christ. Spring reminds us that death does not have the last word, this is also Paul’s message based upon the resurrection of Jesus he believes that we too will live again. And this is not just a simple resuscitation we’re talking about resurrection means transformation. Recognisable, physical, but transformed – that sounds good to me.

So think about it.
  • What does resurrection mean to you? 
  • How does it affect your living today?
  • How does it affect the way you face the future?

Please note copies of previous sermons are normally posted on our Facebook page or on in our web page. Feel free to look, to comment, to share.PS The Web page has undergone a facelift. Check it out for yourself. The best way to find it is to actually do a search on Google – I believe you’ll find it easily. And the more searches the better as this increases the rating of the page.

Guests:    YWAM have a small team in town for the next 2 weeks. During that time they will be taking part in worship, especially at St John’s, St Andrew’s and Glenorchy, and may visit other services as well. They would also like to help out where they can by doing some work: so if you have firewood needing to be stacked, a garden weeded, windows washed or something similar please let me know and I’ll see if they still have time in their schedule.
ALPHA:
Has started with a rush, wonderful last Saturday to be inundated as guests kept on arriving, more than we had expected.
Thankyou to those who have offered to help with meals: we do have enough for this week but will need ongoing help. Also help will be needed to serve and clean up: please let me know if this is you!
ANNUAL MEETING – Sunday 30th September – reports are overdue NOW, please send to Jean immediately.
COMING UP:
Special Guests:    The Fleck Family: Kenneth & Kim, Jenna & Shani, will be with us on Sunday 7th October, to share of their work. Usually living in Chiang Mai, Thailand they work to combat HIV and AIDS with the support of SIM NZ
General Assembly: I will be away from the 2nd to 11th October to attend the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, plus have a few days leave. Murray Shallard will also be in attendance as will Pastor João Petreceli who will be an international guest of the Assembly representing the Presbyterian Church of Chile.
Fair: Saturday 27th October is our FAIR DAY!
Donations of the following can be made from now on by leaving them at the St Margaret’s kitchen:
  • Oranges, lemons, grapefruit for marmalade.
  • Frozen Fruit for Jam
  • Packs of Grated Cheese for Cheese Rolls  
PRAYER:
  • Pray for Alpha, that people will be open to the gospel; that God will enable understanding; that participants will know they matter to God and to us.
  • Pray for the young man who I just met with; a young man seeking to turn his life around and to live for God. He confessed and asked to receive Jesus, we prayed, now he needs the support of Christian friends, worship, discipleship and commitment. Praise god he has made a beginning!
Arohanui
Ian
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