Thought For The Week 22 April 2018
Welcome to our combined service this morning. As one parish in two locations it is necessary to join together regularly to strengthen our common identity and to remind ourselves that it is not the buildings we worship in or the style of worship we prefer that matters. Rather it is the worship, in spirit and truth, of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ that is the most important reason for our coming together. I trust your heart will be open to hearing the voice of God in song, prayer, sermon and fellowship today.
Our reading today contains this verse: “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” (1 John 3:17) A couple of weeks ago for our retiring offering and bucket mission we collected $387.90 to go towards helping a Syrian refugee family settle in Timaru. Today, Gleniti Baptist Pastor Mark Pavelko will share with us a little about his church’s role in helping this family to settle here. I’m very pleased that we have in this small way been a part of extending the hospitality of God to the stranger and to welcome them to our community.