Pastor’s Comment

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Kia Ora Church

2019 has certainly been a year of transition, acceleration and perseverance. As we respond to God partnering with Him, and don’t react to all that is going on around us, mighty things will be accomplished. The key is spending time in His presence, praising Him for the roses but also for the thorns!

“We live in a tremendous hour of deception… beware of watering down the Word of God and worship. It is a time to stand for Truth, and truly love our God with all we have!”Paul Prentis (sermon 3rd November)

Flee the evil desires of youth (immaturity) and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22

God is Recalibrating our Recalibrator. 😊 😊 In his sermon on 17th November Alex Larsen shared with us his heart changing experience of being at the bedside of his wife Elaine for the weeks prior to her passing to be with her Lord. We are commanded to love one another, but have we learned to love people with no expectations.

A new command I give to you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another. John 13: 34-35

While every person is important to God, discipleship is a choice, being calibrated daily to find your right place in His Kingdom.

The Christmas season is a wonderful time of celebrating God’s gift of love expressed to the world, through the birth of His Son, Jesus.  It is a time when many get together with family and friends to celebrate Christ and enjoy our beautiful weather. For many this is a time of tremendous blessing, but for some it can be a very lonely time.  Let us be aware of ones around us living on their own, those who are sick –neighbours, friends, church family members… We have been blessed to share the blessing of Christmas with all we have contact with as ‘Jesus with skin on’

Join us as we deliver Christmas fruit mince pies to our ALC neighbours on Sunday 15th December, and on Sunday 22nd December sing carols at Bayview Care (Melrose).  How special it is to bless our neighbours in these ways. 😊 😊

You’re invited to “a taste of Beyond” Nepalese fundraising dinner Saturday 7th December. Come and hear about “the nations Beyond”.  RSVP Steve Stock.

This year, ALC Christmas service is on Sunday 22nd December. On Christmas Day Dave and Mel Zajkowski are opening their home for a shared lunch. Ring or email them if you would like to join them.

Next church picnics: bring your lunch Sunday 10th Dec & 12th January.

May each one of you have a safe, relaxed December –January. Keep in touch with your Life Group and others, alert to Holy Spirit inspired opportunities and quick to testify to the goodness of our wonderful God.  

Ngā mihi

Lorraine 😊 😊

Author: Caroline Fletcher