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We need God

Over the last few weeks, we have been exploring the life of Jeremiah – a young man called by God to speak to his own people on behalf of God. For more than 60 years, he kept reminding them that God loved them but the people refused to listen. They had their own gods and didn’t need God, until they did, and by then it was almost too late. Yet when things looked the most desperate and it looked like God had given up on them – Jeremiah reminded them that God was still there for them. God had ...

October 20, 2020

How long?

How long? How long oh God?How long God must we put up with this Covid thing? How long must we wait till it disappears?How long God must we watch fear and hatred take control of our public discourse?How long before we as New Zealanders can live together with respect for each other’s differences?How long God before our children are safe in every home in NZ/Aotearoa?How long before every person is treated with dignity?How long before our world learns to say to no to war?How long God before we can...

October 13, 2020

Choices

We are currently in voting season and this year we are not being asked just to vote for politicians but also for two referenda – one on cannabis and one on euthanasia.  In order to help you make a decision the following resources have been provided by the Baptist Union of New Zealand. Feel free to check them out. Resource links Musselburgh Baptist Church in Dunedin shared these resources around the two referendums before us – ‘cannabis legalisation and control’ (click her...

October 7, 2020

Spring

Over the last couple of weeks I have watched the trees around town slowly begin to turn green and burst into bud. These signs of new life are the promise that spring is here. And spring is the promise that life goes on even in the midst of a pandemic. Soon we will be enjoying clear skies and warm days as the sun warms up the earth. Jeremiah lived in a time when his country was overrun by the Babylonians. A time when hope was in very short supply. In fact most people had given up, believing that...

September 22, 2020

Say Hi

In a recent survey of young people asking them ‘How has Covid19 affected you?’, one young women replied, “It has shown me the importance of physical gatherings.’ Last week we decided to postpone the planned church lunch due to ongoing Covid19 restrictions.  Like me you may have felt a bit frustrated that once again we are unable to gather together in a more socially friendly way.  Both those instances are reminders that as humans we are made for connection – we need other peo...

September 15, 2020

Tears of Compassion

Jeremiah was a prophet who was so disturbed and overwhelmed by what he saw going on in his own country that he became known as the weeping prophet because of his tears. Here is a person so saddened by what he saw that for 60 years he called his people to change their ways, to live differently.  His heart was broken by the way the people treated the most vulnerable in their communities – the stranger, the widows and the children – people who had no access to the powerbrokers of their tim...

September 8, 2020

Set free

This week I came across these words by John Newton, the writer of Amazing Grace. ‘I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I want to be. I am not what I hope to be. But still, I am not what I used to be. And by the grace of God, I am what I am.’ These words remind us that often we fail to live up to our own expectations but they also remind us that in Jesus we can be changed and renewed by God’s grace.  Newton the slavetrader discovered the power of God’s grace – a grace that al...

August 31, 2020

Learn more

For over 90 years Carey Baptist College has been training men and women for ministry in the local church. Rated by the Tertiary Education Commission as one of the top private training institutes in NZ, it seeks to help people make the connection between faith, the Bible and the world in which we live. If you are considering doing more in depth study or training then why not explore what they have to offer.   https://www.carey.ac.nz/ This Sunday we will take a short break from our serie...

August 26, 2020

Who will I trust?

Last week we were all going about our business as though Covid19 was a thing of the past. Tuesday evening everything changed and once again we must work together as a community to stamp it out. Perhaps like me you have felt a sense of dread at the thought of more lockdowns and a disruption to daily life. While what we face is life-changing, we are not the first to have faced times of hardship and disruption. And nor will we be the last to have our lives upended. History is very clear that life i...

August 18, 2020

What can I do?

This week our news has been dominated by the terrible explosion that happened in Lebanon and the thousands made homeless because of it. At the same time there has been major flooding in Nepal, Indian, and Bangladesh with little focus by our media.  Millions have been made homeless and a quarter of Bangladesh is under water.  So how do we, who have so much, repond to these two trajedies?  What resources do you have, that you can give, to help others who are suffering and in need? T...

August 11, 2020

Let's Pray

Prayer is something we think of as essential to the life of a church and yet it is often something that seems hard to do. At a recent elders meeting we talked about how we could encourage each other to be more active and focussed in our prayer as a church. So to help us prayer we invite you all to make August a month of focussed prayer around how we as a church can engage with our community. We would also invite you to pray for our community specifically  - schools, council, Kaibosh, Mainly...

August 4, 2020

New Series

This Sunday we are starting a new preaching series exploring the life of Jeremiah , one of the Old Testament prophets. Jeremiah is one of the most well-known of the Old Testament prophets and he lived in a difficult period of time. Kings who refused to accept God’s commands and religious leaders who pretended everything was okay when it obviously wasn’t. What was it like to be called by God and asked to share God’s message with your people? What was it like to speak the truth year in and y...

July 28, 2020

Welcome

Dave Dobbyn’s song ‘Welcome home’ resonates with many of us because it seems that we all want a place to belong, we all want to know that somewhere there are people who will miss us if we aren’t around.  The language of the song especially calls to us as kiwis with its imagery of our land and a woman who calls to us, to this place that we belong.  The biblical story is also a story of coming home – of discovering that there is a place, a homeland, and all of us are invited to...

July 21, 2020

Interruptions

The above quote by Henri Nouwen is a reminder that often the things we consider important may not be and the ‘interruptions’ to our lives may be the most important moments of all. Covid-19 was, without doubt, a huge interruption for all of us - our lives were jolted from their normal routines. And many of us discovered that what we had considered so important began to be replaced by other more significant elements. I wonder what this ‘interruption’ has taught you about the things you val...

July 14, 2020

Matariki

Next Monday is Matariki, the beginning of the Maori new year. Matariki is marked by the rising of a set of stars which many of us know as Pleiades. This was a marker for Maori that now was the time for preparing the ground in order to sow crops for the coming spring.  It was also a time to remember the year that had just been and remembering those who had died. Family was important and so was celebrating with food from the winter stores. It was a time of fun, food, tears and laughter. As y...

July 7, 2020

Shortest Day

Last week we passed the shortest day of the year, which means that we are now on the way from winter to spring and summer. Perhaps like me, you have been surprised at how quickly this year has passed bye. The events of the last few months have disrupted our normal routines and our sense of time.  It is easy to look forward to spring and wish winter was past, especially when it is wet and cold, but to do so wishes away a good chunk of the year and our lives. Instead I wonder if now is a good...

June 30, 2020

Moving forward

Two weeks ago the elders met to think and pray about the future of PBC especially in the light of the recent lockdown. We talked about those factors outside of our church which impact upon us and also the opportunities that are now before us. The lockdown may have stopped us from gathering in person but an opportunity opened up to us when we were asked to provide a radio format church service on Coast FM. While daunting at first, many of you have helped provide the welcome and prayers for that s...

June 23, 2020

It's good to be back!

It was so good to see everyone last week and to be able to meet together again.  This week some of our small groups will kick off again, so if you are looking for people to connect with, then please let us know. We also have a new small group planned to start next Tuesday evening. This group will meet in Raumati Beach kicking off at 7.30pm. If you are interested, then please let the office know and we will get back to you with all the details. Mainly Music, our music and movement programme...

June 16, 2020

Level One!

After two months of lockdown we are now free to meet again without any restrictions.  It will  be great to see life return to some level of normality. And if you have listened to our services on air over the last few weeks and would like to join us then we would love to meet you. See you all on Sunday! This Sunday we will continue looking at the book of Acts and the story of Jesus and the growth of the early church - this emerging community of people devoted to following Jesus. What ch...

June 9, 2020

We're back

Hi everyone. We are NOW open and able to meet for services. This coming Sunday 10.00am we will be meeting although at this stage we are still required to meet all social distancing and contact tracing requirements. We recognise that some of you may be frustrated by this but it looks like it may only be for another couple of weeks. We are keen to gather together but our priority is also the safety of all those who attend especially  those of you who may be more vulnerable. So here’s a litt...

June 4, 2020

Pentecost Sunday

This Friday the number of people who can gather will rise to 100 people which means that we can now look at reopening for services. The leadership have made the decision that we will look at reopening on Sunday 7 June – the week after the holiday weekend.  So this weekend go away and  catch up with family and we’ll still be on air for you to listen to. This Sunday we will be thinking about Pentecost (Acts 2) and the impact this had on both the disciples and those who saw what happ...

May 27, 2020

Still waiting

Our second week of level two is here and most of us will be enjoying the freedom this has brought. We can now shop, go out for meal and get a haircut. However, we are still unable to meet for public worship and many people have found this frustrating, feeling in some way that it is unfair. Personally, I’m happy to show a little patience for the sake of those who are most at risk of this virus, should it still be lurking in our community. And as many have reminded us, we are still able to worsh...

May 19, 2020

This coming week

Woohoo level two! However, churches are still unable to meet at this stage so still no gathered meetings for us. This will be reviewed by the leadership in a couple of weeks and we will advise what steps we will take then to reopen for services if we are given permission to do so. Like many others I have managed during this period of lockdown to catch up on a few movies and one that I had been waiting to see was The Rise of Skywalker, the latest in the Star Wars Saga. It’s a movie that can be ...

May 12, 2020

This Coming Sunday

After 6 weeks of lock-down perhaps you are beginning to feel a little bit cooped up and are looking forward to being able to get out and about.  At this stage we are not sure how long we will be at level three but it does appear that even at level two it will be some time before we can hold public gatherings – which of course means that it may still be a while before we can hold public meetings. As a leadership we are planning on continuing with the current on-air delivery of our services...

May 4, 2020

This Coming Sunday

Today is the first day of level three and many of us will be feeling a bit more relaxed however it is also clear that it will still be some time before we are able to gather as a church community. The elders are paying close attention to the Government and will heed their guidelines as to when we can meet again in person. This coming Sunday will continue exploring prayer and especially those times when it seems God is absent. What might God be inviting us to learn during such times? As per the l...

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