Learning to live together

Living with another person is one of the hardest things to do. When I got married I naively thought that, as the Beatles sing, “All we need is love” and everything would be okay. Love would help us get through anything.  Wow what a wakeup call I got. Sure love helps but the reality is that eventually two people who live together will find things that drive each other nuts. How they stay together after that is the true test of their desire to make it work.

The same is true of any relationship, whether it be between individuals or groups of people. Living together is hard work and even harder when we share a different understanding of how the world works. Perhaps one of the most important things for any of us to learn is how to listen, not just to words, but to the meaning behind those words. When we take time to listen, to stop pushing our own views and hear what is been said, then we open the door to new possibilities. Then we have the chance together, to find ways to work with each other and for each other to make a better world.

This Sunday Andrew will be looking at Acts 15. Here we see the early church grappling with the emerging differences between those of the Jewish faith and the Gentiles who were now joining them.  In this passage we see how the church leaders listened to the Spirit and to each other in order to find a way forward.

Mainly Music -  Meets this Wednesday from 10.00am. 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 office@pb.org.nz 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 office@pb.org.nz and we’ll get back to you.

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Grace and peace