There has been such a lot of horror and distress in our world lately that has been touching our lives in various ways. From a rush of air disasters, a proliferation of fighting between people groups, to political corruption and neighbourhood nastiness we are bombarded with seemingly perpetual updates.
As we pour out our hearts in prayer to God with words or silence or groaning, we sometimes wonder how there can be a curbing of the rapacious human nature. We pray, we may even protest against evil, but the bad news can be overwhelming. Without minimizing the reality of the bad news we do need to counterbalance it with good news.
In the words of Philippians 4:9 "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or worthy of praise - let your mind dwell on these things."
The greatest good news is the God has shown amazing love for us by sending Jesus the Christ to open the way for all into the presence of God. That is awesome and to grasped onto continually, but there is also other good news in our lives we can use to give us respite from the bad news. This is the focus of our next Men's Group on 30th August at 6pm in the church hall. Rev Dr Len Cliff will encourage the men to share some good news - perhaps an achievement, perhaps a gift you received or gave, or words of encouragement - whatever it is, and to bring something as an example of the good news to show everyone.
So come along and hear some good news and share some good news, not because everything is good, but because we need respite from the bad.
During the season of Pentecost we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit with the sound of wind and the appearance of fire on the Day of Pentecost, 10 days after the ascension of Jesus. Pentecost is often referred to as the church’s birthday. Since that day those who believed in Jesus receive the Spirit of God, not just a few chosen leaders.
Red is the colour for Pentecost, the colour of fire.
During Pentecost we remember that God chose to send the Holy Spirit to empower the people of God to continue the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ, as well as to sustain our relationship with God. There are many words used to try to describe the Holy Spirit – such as advocate, seal, helper, comforter, guide, one who convicts of sin, guarantee. The fruit or evidence of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, self-control, and faith.
The Holy Spirit is the way God is with us; so if God is with us and let loose to rule in our lives, then our lives will reveal the character of God.
‘When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them… (Acts 2: 1-4)
We hope the following FAQ answers any questions you might have about us. If not, please give us a call.
Q: What time is your worship service?
A: We have one service per week - Sunday at 10:30am.
Q: What time is Sunday School?
A: The Sunday School program runs at the same time as the service. The children join the congregation for a story and songs at the beginning of the service then move to the Sunday School after 10-12 minutes.