Thought For The Week 11 March
Welcome to our services of worship today, the forth Sunday in Lent as we take the journey towards Easter and consider the implications for our lives of Jesus’ teaching and his death and resurrection.
Today we look at the strange story of Moses fashioning a bronze snake that was held up on a pole for the infirmed to look at and receive healing. Jesus makes reference to this story in John 3 in relation to his crucifixion and the eternal life this secures for the believer. The cross is central to our faith but we can struggle to grasp the full implications of what Jesus achieved through his sacrifice.
Recently I had the privilege of joining the Central South Island Charity Bike Ride on their annual 3 day ride around the Mackenzie hydro lakes. We were incredibly blessed with great weather, especially after cyclone Gita had blown through! A special thank you goes to those who sponsored riders from our church (team Brent and Catherine raised $705). The lovely thing about this event is that all the money raised goes back into the South Canterbury region.
Each week at both our sites we collect grocery items which are passed onto Family Works, an initiative of Presbyterian Support. We recently received a letter of thanks from Liz Nolan, the manager for our ongoing support of this. She informs us that there has been a 59% increase in demand for food parcels over the past year. This is a reminder to us of just how needed these offerings are. A big thank you to all who contribute in this way.