This coming Sunday will be ANZAC day, the day when we reflect on those in our armed forces who have given their lives in sacrifice for others. We honour those men and women who have served our country in ways that we hope the majority of us never have to. It’s not very often that we are asked to risk our lives in order to help save the lives of others.
Mordecai and Esther were two people from the Bible who were willing to risk their lives in order to try and save their own people. It is from this story that Esther utters the words ‘If I perish, I perish’. The only way for Esther to save them was to seek an audience with her husband the king of Persia but such a move, entering the kings presence unbidden, was punishable by death. But Esther, knowing what could befall her people if she didn’t, takes her life in her hands and goes to see the King. Fortunately the King welcomes her and she is able to save her people.
I wonder what it might be like for us to live with such a mentality – the willingness to risk our lives so that others might enjoy life? As we reflect on this weekend may we be willing to live with an attitude of concern for others, even if it costs us.
So This Sunday we will be thinking about Mordecai and his concern for others. What would it mean for us to live in a way that demonstrates care and concern for others? How willing are we to risk our lives for the sake of others.
Mainly Music - Meets Wednesdays at 10.00am. We are currently on a break for the school holidays. We will recommence on the 5 May. This programme is a fun way for parents and their children to spend quality time together based around music and movement. It is a way for us as a church to connect with and offer something back to the community of which we are a part. It’s also a way for us to demonstrate care, concern and support for those with young children.
Small Groups are now up and running again. Contact the church firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join one
Oh and for those who are unable to join us we will still have an on-air service for you @10.30am and again @ 8pm on Thursday evening on Coast Access Radio 104.7FM or you can livestream at
http://coastaccessradio.org.nz/Listen/index.aspx The message and prayers will also be posted to the sermon page on this website.
If at this time you need someone to chat with then please call the church office 04 2987766 or email email@example.com and we’ll get back to you.
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Grace and peace