This week our theme is on “Solitude ” This is Ian’s message he shares with all of us.
Remember, Jesus said, “when you pray go into your room and shut the door”. Of course that room could be anywhere, the garden, a hillside, your very own fig tree, as in the case of Nathaniel. Jesus looks for us there. Remember his rather sad words to the disciples when he returned from his private prayer in the garden of Gethsemane,“Could you not keep watch with me even for one hour?”
We must find that place where we can be alone in solitude and rest in the presence of God, away from all the demands, duties and distractions of our busy living. The trick of course is to carry this place in your heart so that wherever you are you have this place to go …..
“In the castle of my heart there is a little postern gate
Where, when I enter, I am in the presence of God.
In a moment, in the turning of a thought, I am where God is.
When I meet God there, all life gains a new meaning,
Small things become great, and great things small.
Lowly and despised things are shot through with glory.
My troubles seem like pebbles on the road,
My joys seem like everlasting hills,
All my fever is gone in the great peace of God,
And I pass through the door from time to Eternity.”
This will also be put on the web site as well as the sermon from yesterday which was On Solitude.
I trust you do find moments of Solitude today.
I thank Ian Kilgour for his spiritual leadership. I also express my appreciation of the teams who led and prepared for worship yesterday at both services and that includes the children’s and young people’s programmes. There’s a great deal of love and commitment from so many people to make church a good experience for our community.
This Sunday Rev Glynn Cardy from St Lukes will preach and the Bay Singers will be leading and supporting Denis Lozica and the Music team.
Other notices for you:
You’re invited to our TACO NIGHT!!
NEXT TUESDAY 25TH MARCH @ 6.30PM,
ST HELIERS COMMUNITY CENTRE
100 ST HELIERS BAY RD - Cost $5.00 pp
Please RSVP to Andrea Perez by Monday 24th March
firstname.lastname@example.org ph 5756098
Story Time For kids 3-5 years of age. NEXT SESSION Friday 28TH March 10.00am—10.30am
FREE STORY TIME WITH KELLY!
28th March @ 10.00am-10.30am
St Heliers Community Centre
100 St Heliers Bay Rd
Come to our Story Time with Kelly! 0-4 years Old!
We read stories together, encouraging you and your baby
to be part of the story by playing along with our many
props and puppets!
Mum to a cheeky 2 year old!
Director and Facilitator
B.ed (Hons) Primary,
Dip (Hons) Early
Adv. Dip ESHID Teacher of the
Deaf, NZSLTA Member
Enquiries to email@example.com 5756098
Rev Pauline Stewart