Kia ora whānau,
Go Sunday is upon us and we are super excited by the opportunties this brings us to meet our neighbours, invite friends to serve with us and to have God conversations in amongst it all. We have Food for Thought, the knitting group and our Trick or Treat Party as options and there are still more places to help if you would like or just come along to either of the last two on the day.
Sunday is also a day to celebrate All Saints Day. The readings for the day include Luke 6:20-31 or Luke's retelling of the Beatitudes. It is well worth a read as we head outside our walls this week. This reading ends with these words:
"But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you ... Do to others as you would have them do to you."
I think this is such a poignant message on All Saints day. We as the saints are sent out to bless others - even those we may not like or who treat us badly. Ultimately do to others what you would have them do to you.
May this be a reminder to us that as All Saints, and as we are all saints, may we be a people who love, bless and pray for all - even those hard to do that to. because God is calling us to be that light to the community.
May you be blessed as you serve, may you be blessed in your relationships, may you continue to shine your light into peoples lives and may your Go Sunday activities be full of love, blessing and prayer!
In Gods name!
on behalf of the Co-Vicars.