Thought For The Week 5 May 2019
Welcome to our services of worship today, we are so glad you have taken time out of your weekend to join together in worship of our risen saviour.
Have you noticed that our community has become more ethnically diverse lately? Originally there were only birds here. Then came humans from Polynesia (Maori) and then Europeans (mostly British) and Chinese. Today New Zealand is home to people from all over the world, making our community a much more interesting place.
This diversity is also reflected in our church. We have at least 8 nationalities in our congregation and this is likely to increase as time goes on. Having different cultures on our doorstep provides a wonderful opportunity to expand experiences and learn from others. Scripture tells us that the scope of God’s redemption is ‘persons from every tribe and language and people and nation’ (Rev 5:9) which is to say all cultures are represented before God and no one is superior than others.
To help with that we are hosting Cultural dinners through the winter months which will highlight the various cultures that contribute to our parish life; their food as well as games and spirituality. The first will be Saturday, 18th May and will feature the Brazilian culture. You will need a ticket, available from the office for $15. I hope you will take the opportunity to participate in these events and try something new.