I trust your week has started well. I know for some of you, you haven't had time to think about how to cope, and for others in grief, you just want to make it through today.
I am writing this to help you with that and to add a layer of hope and light to your week - your work, your relationships, your plans.
Ian Kilgour is a very wise friend and a pastor to so many of us here who are associated with the Church and Community Centre. This is his first installment of four to help us in our journey with Lent and preparing for Easter.
The first week is on the theme of Stillness.
Stop what you are doing and read it as if it is written just for you.
To be physically still is very difficult. We are so active with so many tasks and duties to perform we can get physically exhausted just trying to keep up with the pace of everything. However, it is even more difficult to quieten and still the mind and heart. When we seek to be still we find our minds still racing, there’s a lot of head chatter going on and our hearts are restless, often possessed by our conflicting emotions. God of course is with us in all the activity but to hear God’s personal word to us we must pause and listen. “He leads me beside the still waters, He restores my soul”.
Deep and silent and cool as a brood, still tree-shaded river
Is the peace of your presence and the rest of our souls.
From the thousand problems of this our hurrying life
We turn, with silent joy, to plunge in you,
To steep our souls in your quiet depths
Where no clamour of earth disturbs our perfect content.
You are our home and refuge;
In you we are safe and at peace:
Even in the din and hurry of the world
We know that you are near,
We know that close at hand – closer than our little life –
floweth that silent river of your presence and love.
In a moment we may be with you and in you,
In a moment be surrounded and soaked in you peace:
In a moment, as this loud world clangs round us,
We may rest secure in this bliss of your eternity.
John S Hoyland
Special happenings over the next while:
This Sunday there is a superb concert – classical artists of such a high caliber that I am amazed that we can have them as part of our concert programme at the Centre. This is due to the work of the Music and Performing Arts Centre which is in its very early stages - led by Flavio Villani and Marcello Napoli.
Please support this very professional concert.
Time is Sunday 16th march at 5.30pm
Tickets costs $25 adults and $10 students
Guest preachers: Sunday 23rd Rev Glynn Cardy formerly of St Matthews in the City will be our guest preacher. He is currently the minister at St Lukes in Remuera. I will preach for St Lukes in May 25th. The Bay Singers will feature in the music on March 23rd
During that weekend Friday21st to Sunday 23rd a group led by the intrepid Jeanette Shaw are doing the Tongariro Crossing.
April 13th is a very special day in the life of our church. it is Palm Sunday and the music in the morning services will be exciting. Denis Lozica has all the ages rehearsing for this.
Bring a Palm branch or fern that Sunday for the Palm procession.
Andrew Lienert, one of our own members, will be the guest preacher for Palm Sunday. Andrew is a fine preacher but is usually a surgeon at Middlemore Hospital. Andrew and Fiona Lienert are working with Frann Sawtell with the Transformer age group.
Setting up for the Easter Sights and Sounds commences after the second service. It will be a day of decorating, building, lighting, cleaning in readiness for the evening Passover Drama as well as the Holy Week sessions to follow.
March 25th and March 26th Resource Consent Hearing – well this is an important time. We have Colin Pidgeon QC, one of our church members and elders, leading us through this. Alan Jamieson and Don Bain will be speaking on our behalf, as well as Karl Cook the town planner, who has been assisting us prepare our application for some time. The Redevelopment team will be in attendance. Pray for this time - a lot's at stake.
Feeling confident of a positive outcome, this following date has been set:
Sunday May 18th at 10am In Johnston Hall - will be a worship service of Celebration, Thanksgiving and a Farewell. We believe soon after this date the demolishing of Johnston hall will begin.
Contact Andrea if you want to be involved in this service or have ideas. There will be one service only that day.
THANK YOU – Round the Bays was a wonderful day of servicing watermelon and handing our drinks. 1400 pieces of watermelon and as many cool drink soft lemon barley or water. Stan had a great team of all ages. There was such a great spirit having St Philips people working with us. Everyone wants to know why it didn’t happen earlier. I want to make particular mention of the children and young people. They worked very hard and they shone - generous, loving, and confident, knowing they were doing this act of generosity without expecting anything in return.
I did think that Nina Harding, Ruby Hakenbroek, Elias Galaverna and Mylo McFarlane could easily take charge next year. Their love of organising, leading and their stamina is truly noteworthy.
Amy Gulvin is back from Spain and when she isn’t working as a translator, she will be producing on behalf of our Church and Community Centre a show called “Supa Nova”. It will commence in the second term. It is a show presenting dark and light through music, drama, video and dance. It will be a bigger presentation than previous shows of “Kaleidoscope” and “We Are All One”, and we will take it to another venue this year other than our church, because of the Redevelopment. There will be a two concert presentation in the last weekend of Term Two.
Parents and young people should contact Amy (email@example.com) or Andrea at the office if you want to perform or assist in producing. Please do that very soon.
Well, that’s enough news.
Your influence as you work and speak and think is important. I pray that you find within the stillness that brings peace and clarity. Don’t work too hard to find it; let it come to you.
My love for you and your loved ones.