Kia ora, All Saints Whānau,
The weather last weekend seemed to agree we were finishing up our Summer Series of combined services! As we get back into our rhythm of split services and house churches, I am reminded of the beauty of our church family. We are able to worship in different ways in our central gatherings; we can be encouraged in each others' homes with different teaching, discussion and hospitality; and we can be connected with one another through one-to-one visiting and/or technology (even the humble landline phone). This diversity of connection can be a huge strength, especially in a world which can feel (or literally be) isolating.
As we get into our new rhythm as a community, may we celebrate our variety but also recognise our unity as one family. As we seek authentic community with Jesus at the centre, may this inspire us into missional living - serving those in need and putting aside our comforts or 'rights' for the good of others in our church family and local community.
If you are in need, don't be ashamed - ask for and accept the generous hospitality of your church whānau who love you.
If you have enough and are content, read Deuteronomy 15:7-11.
Bless you all, Emily Spence