Weekly News – May 2017

May Services

May 28th: Maria Cross is preaching; the band will play
June 4th: Bruce is preaching; the band will play.
June 11th: Liz Bruce preaching; Bill Roberts is our musician.
June 18th: Phil King is preaching; the band will play

IBPC and Community News & Events

Rev Leanne Munro has begun working as a chaplain at Kilmarnock Heights Home (Presbyterian Support Central) in Wellington. We pray for blessings on her ministry there.

Girls’ Brigade Area are selling pies again as a fundraiser. See Brenda if you wish to order some.

• Bruce is looking for a couple of helpers for the community ministry. One job is to help with picking up and/or sorting the food from Kaibosh on a Saturday at 4:30pm. The other is to do a bread run on a Thursday from 4:15 to 5pm. You get to take home bread for yourself as payment. Contact Bruce if you can help with either.

• Church directory of members and friends. There are some updated copies of this popular directory in the church foyer, if you would like one! If you miss out, please contact Helen in the office and she’ll arrange one.

• Do you have a garden rake that you no longer need and could offer to church for the Nordmeyer Garden? Our warm autumn has meant plenty of mowing, and now, the need for plenty of raking.

• Make a Meal in May. Make A Difference. This is the main fund-raiser for Kaibosh. Every $20 raised feeds 20 people and works to help cut food waste. Host a meal and those who go then donate what they might have spent on a meal out, to Kaibosh.

Climate change is the biggest issue of our time – yet New Zealand has no comprehensive plan for tackling it. As churches who love our global neighbours and God’s earth, it is time to stand up for a more compassionate and responsible future. Come along on 20 May with other church members, teams or leaders to discuss how we can support strategic climate action. Saturday 20 May, 2:00-4:00pm at 18 Eccleston Hill, Thorndon. Come along and bring friends.

A Reflection from Bruce

How should we pray? What is this thing called prayer. Should we think of it like a relationship with our boyfriend/girlfriend? A chat with an invisible friend? Should we pray for car parks or school prizes or good exam results? Is prayer more about asking for things or hearing things from God? Or both? Over the next few newsletters I want to engage this question with short reflections. And the place to start is simple. Jesus was asked the same question. And he offered a model of how to pray.

Funnily enough a lot of the time we don’t so much practise using the model he offered as take other ideas as our starting point (eg we assume that prayer is like the kind of chat we might have with a close friend). So let’s look at each phrase in the Lord’s Prayer in turn and see how to apply it to our own prayer.

Before I mention the first phrase… one more comment. In many ways, listening is more important than asking. But as we work through the Lord’s prayer we will discover that they can’t be separated. In prayer we come to God in our need. In that context listening and asking are mixed up together.

One (God’s identity): Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Phrase one calls us to begin with our focus on God’s identity. Jesus, radically, understood God as a generous “father”, a parent who cares deeply for children. This family metaphor sits alongside the idea of holiness. The Abba (father) is deeply committed to us while at the same time being unimaginably different from us (that is the root of holy or hallowed). This is the atmosphere in which we do our praying. This is the one we address if we are to learn prayer from Jesus.

• Church directory of members and friends. There are some updated copies of this popular directory in the church foyer, if you would like one! If you miss out, please contact Helen in the office and she’ll arrange one.