Thought For The Week 30 September 2018
Welcome to our services of worship today, especially if you are visiting for the first time. I pray you will be refreshed and encouraged in your faith this morning.
Over the past month we have been dwelling in selected passages from the book of James which contains very practical instruction on how to live the Christian life. James was the leader of the Jerusalem church which had been scattered when persecution broke out and was himself martyred in AD62. It is possibly one of the earliest books of the New Testament (written somewhere between AD 45-50). Much of the book has to do with how we behave in Christian community; practicing what we preach, not showing favouritism towards the rich and powerful, being careful with our words and being guided by God’s wisdom rather than the ‘wisdom’ of the world. We conclude with the role prayer plays in helping us through everyday challenges. James tells us that if we are in trouble, or sick or in need of forgiveness we can pray to God who will meet our needs.
Coming up: Next Sunday our services will be combined at Trinity with a special focus on Womens Suffrage celebrating 125 years since women in NZ were granted the right to vote.
In November we will be starting a series on membership (based on Hebrews). What does it mean to be a member of the church today. We will also be having a four-part pop-up study group for those interested in becoming members, commencing 25th Oct. Please contact Brent if you are interested in attending this.