To the home of peace to the field of love to the land where forgiveness and right relationship meet we look, O God, with longing for earth's children with compassion for the creatures with hearts breaking for the nations and people we love.
Open us to visions we have never known strengthen us for self-givings we have never made delight us with a oneness we could never have imagined that we may truly be born of You makers of peace.
J P Newell ‘Praying with the Earth’
Sunday Worship: 27 September 2015
Theme: Does God answer prayer today?
Focus Scripture: Esther 4:9-17
Other Readings: James 5:13-16; John 14:23-27
Prayer Points:- Please pray for: Loas Toung and her bruised ribs; Ray Lewis and ongoing health issues; Mary Metcalf and her family with the passing of her husband Brian. Please pray for our parish finances, it has been a tight month financially; Little Cubs Kindy for more children as they vacancies because some children have reached school age and Kindy competition is strong. Holiday Programme 28 Sept to 2 October for the leaders, lots of children, morning and afternoon teas and a safe and happy week.
THANKSGIVING OFFERING:- Each year we set one special Sunday for Thanksgiving. I don’t know how this tradition at St Johns arose but I assume it reflects the old idea of Harvest Thanksgiving. In an urban parish we can give thanks for the arrival of Spring after a wet, cold Winter and personally, thanks for any special blessing we have received during the past year.
The Leadership Team have decided that 90% of this year’s Thanksgiving will be added to the fund we have set up to meet the cost of our latest staff member, the Children, Youth and Family leader. The 10% remaining, as usual, will be given outside the parish, this year to the Tear Fund Appeal for victims of slavery and human trafficking.
Giving to the Thanksgiving offering can be through marked envelopes which regular envelope givers will have received with their bundle of envelopes. I have additional envelopes available which you should mark with your number so that the amount can be added to your Inland Revenue receipt at the end of March 2016.
Any questions, please talk to me or one of the Finance Team (Christo John, Shania Qui and Brannie Ma) Thank you Bob Williamson
Message from Lorraine:- I am half way through my Study Leave and I am on Study leave from 23 September until the end of October.
Should you have any questions or worries while Lorraine is on leave the three “go-to” people are:
Joan Rutherford cell phone 027 537 2308 or 533 8761
and Bob Williamson.
Joan and Bob Williamson would like to sincerely thank all who prayed when Joan’s brother Rod was missing. The area to be searched was huge but fortunately he was found. Thank you too for the cards, sympathy and prayers that have followed his death. We really appreciated having the prayer chain as a resource at that time. Thank you all again. Joan & Bob.
Did you know ... ?
All sermons (and newsletters) are posted on our web page :– www.stjohnsbb.org.nz
- Open the main web page
- Scroll down to the bottom – click on “Newsletters”
- Choose “Latest News”, then choose “Sermons”
- This gives a listing of all sermons given at St Johns since September 2013!
- Click on the date or topic that interest you, and ... there it is!
Have fun! Trevor Haigh
Food Bank:‐ The foodbank are in short supply of Sugar and flour (Small bags) Milk powder, jelly, tinned fish and tinned fruit. If you could please consider this during your weekly shopping. Thank you very much.
Calling all amateur photographers! Submit your best photographs for a chance to win a spot in the 2016 CEC calendar, fundraising for our court case costs.
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