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Blurb April 03 2016

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Sometimes I find the decisions I make frustrate me. No I’m not talking about the washing machine saga but rather that I have made a roster for others to partake in writing the blurb for the newsletter. Now that sounds all wrong as I re-read it. I love that others are writing the blurb, honest, I love hearing other people’s voices and that the whole reason I’ve opened it up but sometimes I end up with a great story to write about that doesn’t fit into a sermon and yet when it comes around to my turn to write the blurb I end up having to write about housekeeping issues rather than delightful insightful stories about washing machines and how they work perfectly well without some of their parts.
So, housekeeping #1; As most of you know after many years working as church administrator/reception Anne has resigned and moving on to the delights of working with Neil in the family business. Anne’s last day will be 15th April so on Sunday 17th we will partake in a ‘special’ morning tea after church to say thank you etc. If you would like to contribute to a ‘thankyou gift’ could you please see Loges.
So, housekeeping #2; Because of Anne’s resignation there is now a vacancy for the admin role. There is an advert in the newsletter toady and applications close on April 22nd. This is very much a matter for prayer as we consider the opportunities leading into the future.
So, housekeeping #1; I had the (non) pleasure of attending a seminar about the new Health and Safety legislation that the government in all their wisdom have bestowed on us mere mortals. Churches are now included in the legislation and so this is going to mean some big changes to comply with health and safety issues. I will speak further of this at the next members meeting.

Blurb 13th March 2016

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Year-Quarter Reflection on Fruitfulness

I’ve got a list I’m working at:
the fruit I want to bear.
Achievement schemes;
hopes and ancient dreams.
Plants I’ve faithfully
watered for years.
New soils prepared as I widen the
orchard walls,
New varieties to explore.
There’s always more to do.

I hope the hard work pays off
and the yields are good,
but then I wonder:
is too much fruit a false economy?
What if the hard yakka
year by year
pulls my laden branches down
and the straining weight
bows me to the ground.
Are the trees in my orchard
strong enough?

So I need a reminder:
The Master of Seasons is the giver of Rest.
The land and our hands need Sabbath
to be fully Blessed.
The schemes, the dreams
can for a while go on the shelf,
I’ll bottle up like peaches
the grand plans in syrup
and trusting God,
let the orchard grow –
and trusting God
let my anxious aspirations go.

-Mark Day

Blurb 06th March 2016

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Good morning. We are all sinners. It’s a statement of truth. We are all hypocrites. That’s a statement of truth and if you want to deny it – well – you crunch the numbers. Talking about crunching numbers, I’ve done a bit of that since last week’s sermon. It wasn’t a sermon I liked delivering but it certainly was a sermon we needed, yes that is ‘we’, I’m included in that number of people who have sins entwined, entangled. For those who escaped and didn’t hear it, we looked at Hebrews 12:1 let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.
To those brave, honest people who responded to the invitation to write down the sins that confront you – a big thank you for your honesty and frankness, I salute you. I hope that it has helped to front up to things that may be entangled around your heart that stops you from being as fruitful as you perhaps should be. We are called to be people of faith so we need to take this seriously. What you probably weren’t aware of was that I have used the data collected, crunched the numbers, and come up with a list of sins that we as a church are ‘good’ at! We shouldn’t be but we are! What are we going to do with this list? Well it is the preaching plan for after Easter and you’ve dictated what we are going to look at. I feel that God is asking us to seriously deal with our sins that entangle so that we can move into freedom and liberty! Every second week, after Easter, someone will be presenting one of our ‘sins’ and we are going to face up to them, repent, be healed, be humbled, be prayed for and pray for others. Chaahoooo! Serious Christianity! Every alternate week we will be looking at some practical aspects of pronouncing the kingdom through sign word and deed! Chaahoooo!

Blurb 28th February 2016

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Hi Church family,

Do you struggle sometimes to make time to listen to God? I do. In fact, I have made it my personal goal for this year to improve in this area. Here are some of my reflections on this so far:

Why is it so hard for me to listen to God?

– Because I don’t want to be told what to do! What if he tells me to do something I don’t want to do? I like having my own way.
Romans 7:25: This, then, is my condition: on my own I can serve God’s law only with my mind, while my human nature serves the law of sin.

And if I don’t listen to God?

– Then I won’t be fruitful. And I’m not really serving God. Because a servant needs to hear his Master’s instructions in order to carry them out.
John 15:5 ‘I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.’

So… my reluctance to take time to listen to God is actually rebellion against him (sin). It is refusal to submit my will to His and it shows lack of trust in his goodness. (ouch!)
Jesus said: ‘I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness.’ (John 10:10)
Let’s make sure we don’t miss out on the joy that comes from a life spent with God. Our Heavenly Father is infinitely wise, abundantly loving, perfectly good. Let’s allow Him to work in and through us, knowing that He wants what is best for us and we can trust Him. It all starts with taking the time to listen to Him.

Domini Martin

Blurb 21st February 2016

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This year has started as last year finished for us, which is very busy. To add to this Heidi decided to complete her Masters this year which meant she needed to be in Dunedin for a short introductory course. We utilised this time as a family to get away but it just so happen to coincide with the tenants moving out of the Knighton Road house. As the key person overseeing these houses at present I would like to publicly thank Howard and his team who spent most of Saturday cleaning the Knighton Road house and section. These efforts are very much appreciated and have ensured the house is ready for the new tenants moving in this weekend.
The new tenants are a group of student leaders from Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship (TSCF). TSCF is a group on the University Campus which is run by students with the help of one or two paid staff. I was part of TSCF at Canterbury and I see having a hub established will help support and grow this group immensely. Although TSCF is not directly connected with this Church, it is exciting to see the Knighton Road house being used for outreach as this was a key reason this property was purchased.
So I would like to encourage you to pray for this house and these students as they live life, disciple others and open their flat to reach out and support others on the University campus.


Blurb 14 Feb 2016

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Hi everyone I came across this poem the other day. It challenged the way I view what being poor is so I thought I would share it with you and let you come to your own conclusions.


Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs.
Being poor is having to live with choices you didn’t know you made when you were 14 years old.
Being poor is knowing your kid goes to friends’ houses but never has friends over to yours.
Being poor is hoping the toothache goes away.
Being poor is a heater in only one room of the house.
Being poor is hoping your kids don’t have a growth spurt.
Being poor is thinking $14.75 an hour is a really good deal.
Being poor is relying on people who don’t give a damn about you.
Being poor is hoping you’ll be invited for dinner.
Being poor is your kid’s teacher assuming you don’t have any books in your home?
Being poor is knowing you work as hard as anyone, anywhere.
Being poor is people surprised to discover you’re not actually stupid.
Being poor is people surprised to discover you’re not actually lazy.
Being poor is getting tired of people wanting you to be grateful.
Being poor is knowing you’re being judged.
Being poor is people who have never been poor wondering why you choose to be so.

By John Scalz

Confronted I turned to the scriptures. There were many scriptures in regards to being poor but this one scripture did give me some solace. In Deuteronomy 15:11 it says:
For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘you shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

This led me to pause for a moment and I asked “God what have I done this week to help those who are poor and in need”?

Matua Mark

Blurb: 07 February 2016

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It’s been a funny old week. In this role as pastor I end up journeying with people and at any given moment you have to be prepared for a sudden change in circumstances. There are highs and lows around every corner. It’s been a privilege to walk with Doris and her family during this week as they have said goodbye to David. The one thing I’ll say here is: What a difference it makes when we face the death of a loved one who is a follower of Jesus and that there is a certainty of the hope of the resurrection and eternal life!
On a totally different topic: What about resurrecting your marriage? I’m going to run a 3 week course in March – Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage -. This is for anyone who is married – doesn’t matter if it’s the worst marriage or the best, this course will give you new insights and understanding that will help you have a great relationship together. For those who want to commit to this – it is best if you are both there! If there is a problem with kids please talk to me and we will see if we can arrange a kid-sitter. This will be on Sunday evenings at the church.
Have a great day

Blurb 31st January 2016

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I’m back. Yes, after a good break over the last month I’m back and rearing to go. As always my first message for the year sets the scene – sets the direction of where we are heading as a church for the next part of our exciting journey together. Sadly I didn’t check the calendar and it’s a long weekend, which, as you know, in Hamilton means ‘mass evacuation’. This means church will be smallish in number and will also be next week when we enjoy yet another long weekend. But we have to make a start so start we will.
An update on Sasha: We waited patiently for a visa for her to go to Oz but it didn’t come in time before she had to leave due to her visa running out. But God had a great plan which He unfolded in the last couple of weeks while she was here. Sasha is now in YWAM Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa. She is going to be a volunteer worker on the base until a DTS starts in late March. Please continue to pray for her as this is a massive opportunity for her and a massive change in direction for her as she is learning to be faithful to the God that loves her.
To finish and hopefully get you thinking – if you could put the vision, the direction that we should take as a church for the year that’s just started into one word…what would that word be?


Blurb 13th December 2015

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer, particularly later in his life, had little to rejoice about on Christmas. He was living under the authority of one of the most evil, unjust, racist regimes since the beginning of time. How was any German citizen to interpret the “good tidings of great joy” which had supposedly arrived with the birth of Christ? Yet, Bonhoeffer saw Christmas in the opposite light: not a confusing contradiction in a word of evil but encouragement for those living under oppression. He wrote, in his reflections on Christmas in ‘God Is In the Manger’

For the great and powerful of this world, there are only two places in which their courage fails them, of which they are afraid deep down in their souls, from which they shy away. These are the manger and the cross of Jesus Christ. No powerful person dares to approach the manger, and this even includes King Herod. For this is where thrones shake, the mighty fall, the prominent perish, because God is with the lowly. Here the rich come to nothing, because God is with the poor and hungry, but the rich and satisfied he sends away empty. Before Mary, the maid, before the manger of Christ, before God in lowliness, the powerful come to naught; they have no right, no hope; they are judged.


Blurb December 06 2015

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C.S. Lewis was not very pleased with the way many who bear Christ’s name celebrate Christ’s birth: He writes in God in the Dock “What Christmas Means to Me”

Three things go by the name of Christmas. One is a religious festival. This is important and obligatory for Christians; but as it can be of no interest to anyone else, I shall naturally say no more about it here. The second (it has complex historical connections with the first, but we needn’t go into them) is a popular holiday, an occasion for merry-making and hospitality. If it were my business to have a ‘view’ on this, I should say that I much approve of merry-making. But what I approve of much more is everybody minding his own business. I see no reason why I should volunteer views as to how other people should spend their own money in their own leisure among their own friends. It is highly probable that they want my advice on such matters as little as I want theirs. But the third thing called Christmas is unfortunately everyone’s business.

I mean of course the commercial racket. The interchange of presents was a very small ingredient in the older English festivity. Mr. Pickwick took a cod with him to Dingley Dell; the reformed Scrooge ordered a turkey for his clerk; lovers sent love gifts; toys and fruit were given to children. But the idea that not only all friends but even all acquaintances should give one another presents, or at least send one another cards, is quite modern and has been forced upon us by the shopkeepers.