Blurb 21st May 2019

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there are days against which
no war can be made,
the sky dances like fire,
the hills are alive with colour,
and everything is Grace.
even death’s cool grip
seems much less cold,
you know its icy fingers, slick,
have no eternal hold,
and possibilities abound,
for every door, shut firmly,
now is found,
open to a dazzling redesign
of time and space.

all you need are open hands,
and a thankful heart
to let the truth sink in,
to weave this new awareness
through your bones
in response to Him,
and teach your lungs
a new song in new tones,
so that on some future hopeless day,
you have it in your memory to recall,
that everything is Grace,
and Grace is all.

Mark Day


Blurb 26th May, 2019

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Came across these 2 quotes this week re children – what do you think? (Kevin)

Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is a way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting Tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself. ― William Martin

“Do you have agendas for your children that are more important than the children themselves? Lost in the shuffle of uniforms, practices, games, recitals, and performances can be the creative and joyful soul of your child. Watch and listen carefully. Do they have time to daydream? From their dreams will emerge the practices and activities that will make self-discipline as natural as breathing.” ― William Martin


Upcoming Events

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  • Newcomer’s Lunch – Following the 10 am service, Sunday 9th of June
  • Member’s Meeting – Sunday 9th of June
  • Faith @ Home Sunday 23rd of June
  • Board Games & Shared Lunch – Sunday the 29th of June
  • Family Movie Night – Saturday 29th of June
  • Golden years Lunch – Sunday 28th of July
  • International Dinner – Saturday 31st of August
  • Newcomer’s Lunch – Sunday November 3rd
  • Car Boot Sale – Saturday November 16th

Blurb -3rd March

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Have been pondering this since one of our saints shared it with me…

Kevin Robertson

(By Christine Caine)

Hurt people hurt people, but helped people help people

Broken people break people, but rebuilt people build people

Damaged people damage people, but loved people love people

Wounded people wound people, but healed people bind up wounds

Bound people bind people, but freed people lead other to freedom

And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him (Jesus).

Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” Luke 4: 17,


Blurb – 23rd December 2018

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This is it. This is the last blurb for the year.


I’m sitting in my office contemplating the
importance of three phrases that the angels spoke
to the shepherds so long ago at the birth of Jesus,
God’s Son. The shepherds full of terror from
encountering an Angel of the Lord hear these
three: I bring you good news that will cause
great joy for all the people. (Luke 2:10) and the
Angels continue in verse 14; and on earth peace
to those on whom his favour rests.
As I think of these three, good news, joy and
peace, its peace that draws my attention. Peace
seems so fragile at times, it shatters so quickly
and we find ourselves in a non-peaceful state.
Family news or worries, words spoken to us, work
situations, struggles of our age group (all ages
have their peculiar battles to be faced) or maybe
our non-peace is of our own making and
decisions. It leaves me with the question, how do
we enter God’s peace? And how do we maintain
‘the peace of God, which transcends all
understanding’ (Phil 4:7)?

Maybe we need to spend some time in quietness
and rest and purpose ourselves to be in the
presence of Jesus and allow Him to say yet again
“Peace be with you”(Luke 24:36) and then to sit
and rest in that peace, to be filled with that peace
this Christmas.

Kevin Robertson



Blurb – 16th December 2018

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In Genesis 12:1 we read that Abram was instructed by God to make some dramatic changes in his life: “Leave your country, your people and your Father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” In response we are simply told that “Abram left, as the Lord had told him …” What! No complaints, excuses, fears or anxieties are mentioned in the text despite Abram’s whole world being turned upside down by the call. Who of us when faced with negotiating change in life find it easy? We often resist change and will do anything we can to stay put with that which is familiar and in our control. I certainly find change difficult. However, change is a necessary part of the Christian experience that is required by God for growing us and for keeping our spiritual life alive and active. Have we ever thought about how water, if it is not flowing, stagnates? Or how trees, when pruned back, can shoot fourth new unexpected life? There can be some wonderful blessings that can come with change. So when the Holy Spirit prompts us, in light or Scripture, or that inner conviction, to make changes in obedience to God’s call on our lives that’s a good thing.

All that really mattered in the end, when Abram’s life was summed up, was that he obeyed God in faith when God asked him to. And in response God blessed Abram and crediting him with being both righteous and a friend of God (James 2:23).

Armand Newrick


Blurb – 2nd December, 2018

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I’m re-reading a book originally published in 1897 by R. A. Torrey entitled: How to Pray. Here’s a quote worthy of thought.

Kevin Robertson

Many a church that is praying for revival does not really desire revival. They think they do, for in their minds a revival means in increase in membership, an increase of income, an increase of reputation among the churches; but if they knew what a revival meant, what a searching of hearts on the part of professed Christians would be involved, what a radical transformation of individual, domestic and social life would be brought about, and many other things that would come to pass if the Spirit of God was poured out in reality and power; if this was known, the real cry of the church would be: “O God, keep us from having a revival.” But when we do come to a place where we really desire the conversion of our friends at any cost, really desire the outpouring of the Holy Spirit whatever it may involve, God is going to hear.

 


Blurb – 25th November 2018

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This year has been an interesting one for me. I turned 25 (halfway to 50! Yaaaay…), I went overseas by myself for the first time, and partnered up with the amazing Robin to coordinate the worship team!

This year has been a year of many lessons. I learned that I need better organisational skills… well actually I already knew that. I learned about humility when the team asked where something was that I hadn’t delivered when I should have – like when I couldn’t get the roster out on time (whoops). I learned patience when things weren’t going the way I’d hoped. I learned a little about what it takes to be a leader. Let me tell ya: it takes a lot.

Some lessons were tougher than others. But those are the ones that helped me. I’ve learned that I’m not a natural born leader. And that’s ok! I’ve been asking God to show me where He wants me, and that, unfortunately for my ego, involves Him teaching me where I’m not supposed to be. Either way I’m making progress! I’ve learned more about myself this year than I have in a long time. Thanks to God’s incredible patience and grace, I’m able to see more of who He’s made me to be.

2018 was a season all on its own. Next year marks another season for me as I will be stepping back from my role as co-coordinator of the worship team. God hasn’t quite told me where to next (well, maybe He has, maybe I haven’t been really listening), He has told me that my time with the team is coming to an end. But God’s timing is perfect (of course), because next year Robin’s internship with this church will allow her to take over the team completely! I’m so excited to watch her grow into who God has made her to be, and where He is calling her. Let’s all continue to lift her and all the ministry leaders up in our prayers, and give them the support and encouragement we can give. I have no doubt that next year will be a better one not just for the worship team, but for the HBC as a whole.

Sorry for my ramblings, but if there’s anything to take away from this monologue (apart from how bad my grammar is – sorry mamma Jamma), is that God is good and He is faithful. He takes us through seasons, only to reveal to us who we are in Him, and how we fit in the body of Christ. He also refines us in the fire so that we come out strong and pure, and so that in the end, His reflection is what is seen in us. We just need to trust in Him!

Love and blessings,
Samantha Chu


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Hi All, I was going to write “what I did on holiday’ but someone shared with me a poem that they had recently written and I thought it was so good I decided to not bore you with my stuff and instead share this other persons poem. Hope you enjoy and be challenged by it as much as I have been… -Kevin
Lay down on the gurney son, the knife is true I promise But hear a word of warning, He’s a surgeon, no anaesthetist. Despite the rising falling waves, Crack the cage and sternum! a stone heart needs replacing to beat to heaven’s cadence.

On waking and in mending,

grace and peace to you she said

the thorn stung like the stormy wind

But settle heart! And rest your head.

Oh heaven rolling over seas,

the white capped surface, often rough

Yet God the Son says constantly My grace is enough.

-Mark Day