Own your own stuff

In the town in which I live there is a car with the word Accountability! written in big letters on the side. The owner is wanting to hold the local city council to account for decisions they have made. Accountability is something we all want for others – make them pay, hold them accountable, heads must roll, someone must be made an example of. We see and hear the cry’s for accountability all around us but not many of us want to be held accountable for our own actions or failings. It’s strange, isn’t it, how quickly we learn as people to shift blame, to make out that it wasn’t really our fault.

The teacher in the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible reminds us that ultimately all of us will be held accountable for our actions. As he concludes his book he writes these words

Young people, enjoy your youth. Be happy while you are still young. Do what you want to do, and follow your heart's desire. But remember that God is going to judge you for whatever you do.  (Ecc 11:9)

But judgement alone is not the end of the story – Jesus offers us forgiveness and new life – the chance for us to live life the way God intended it to be – at peace with others, God and ourselves.

If you need support during this time then please make contact with Andrew on 0223075225.

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This Sunday we will be continuing our look into the book of Ecclesiastes. In this book ‘the teacher’ asks questions about life, it’s meaning, purpose and the apparent futileness of life at times. Why do good people suffer, why do bad people get away with things. Is there any point to it all? How do we make sense of life? Over the next few weeks we’re going to be looking at this book and seeking to make sense of some of life’s hard questions.

Mainly Music – School break for two weeks. Restarts Wednesday 27 July from 10.00am. We do ask that you wear a mask. This programme is a fun way for parents and their children to spend quality time together based around music and movement. It is an opportunity 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. Contact the church office@pb.org.nz if you would like to join one.

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Grace and peace