Kia ora All Saints whānau
Huge week in the life of the Anglican church this week with the funeral for HM Queen Elizabeth II, Many around the globe marveling at the Liturgical worship, the hymns, the message spoke by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Many speaking of the way the Gospel flowed through the service. Praise be to God for such a witness.
My Family and I (Guy) have been in Auckland over the last couple of days on a mission to renew our children’s American Passports as we lead up to our trip at the end of the year. I got to thinking about how people are witnessing the Gospel here in our area and amongst our friends, whānau and neighbors. I am so pleasantly surprised by the way the spirit is moving amongst us. There are so many things I am seeing that fill my heart with Joy. Different House churches meeting together to go deeper together. AYM Houses continuing to push out to young people around them to lead them to a life in Christ that offers so much more than what the world is offering. Watching our intermediate young people have a blast at Intermediate camp (Read the story here). Im involved in several conversations about how different groups can think creatively about meeting people in their community to build relationships in order to share the good news with them.
Continue to pray that Gods spirit would flow through this place! Pray for courage and boldness that each of us would be willing to go out not alone but together in groups. Pray for creativity that groups would spring up with a heart to reach those around them. Pray that our wider parish continues to hold these groups that operate around the edge as we continue to gather.
This week we have our final week of Mission Month which has been a real treat to gather and hear a bunch of different voices in the mission atmosphere over the last several weeks. This week is also Wellington Dio Synod which will mean that 3 out of the 4 of us will be attending and Summer will be here to serve alongside a bunch of our Aym’ers in our central gathering space.
I will be recording a message for us that has been on my heart for a few years now as I worked in the Global Mission arena with NZCMS. We will be looking at the passage from Matthew 28 and the Great Commission. We will be digging into the four building blocks of life, God, Self, Relationships and creation, and how this relates to the brokenness of the world and our part to play in the kingdom of God breaking through here on earth as in heaven!
So gather your House Churches, your prayer groups, your missional communities and encourage them to gather this Sunday at All Saints for our Central Gatherings at 9 and 10:30am to praise and worship, chew through the word of God, pray, and gather around Gods holy table together.
Just as a reminder before I sign off, that this Saturday evening is Daylight Savings change over, so spring forward one hour! and tonight (23rd Sept) is the Youth Group fundraising Dinner 7-9pm suggested koha of $20, please make it along if you can! Its going to be a great time!
Love and Blessings,