Thought For The Week 26 September 2021
Well, I must say that I am looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday (or, as you read this, right now!) It has been quite a journey through another season of restrictions, and we’re not out of the woods just yet: this pesky virus is proving difficult to contain. Last year, when all of this started, there was a sense of adventure and esprit de corps. This year, it has been harder work for most of us. On top of that, our city has been through some tragic events, and many of us are still caught up in the realities of that, and will be for some time to come.
Many of you will know that Andrea and I have had our own family crises in the last week or two – with Andrea’s father, and my mother both ending up in hospital in Dunedin. I’d like to thank you all for your prayerful support – Andrea’s father has made a quite miraculous recovery and is now recuperating at home. Mum is also doing well, and will be heading home early in the week.
It was good to gather as a family, and as we went our separate ways last week I reflected that we all needed some grace and space. Whatever you are facing at the moment, I pray that you can have grace and space for God to minister to you.
With all of that said, it is good to see one another again. To safely enjoy one another’s company as we gather to worship God. Thank you for joining us, and may the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you all. I’d like to finish with a beautiful piece of scripture from Paul’s second letter to the church in Corinth:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”