March 15th marks the 1 year anniversary of the tragic mosque attacks in Christchurch. The first half of this service is a remembrance service for that, while the second half ties into our Lent series, "Restoration Through Sacrifice." please note that part of the service (end of notices, testimony, reading and offering) are missing due to technical issues. Our apologies.
Week two of Lent where we're examining ourselves, searching and naming that thing that holds us back, that thing we just can't get past. We're asking for God's help this Lent to help us cut it out of our lives for good and restore us to our fulness in Christ Jesus. This week we look at self help and DIY culture and how that mentality will not be successful when it comes to our personal problems, issues, attitudes and behaviours.
A look at the Transfiguration story in Matthew 17:1-9 highlighting that just before entering the suffering of Lent we are reminded of Jesus' glory and God's promise and commitment to resurrection. Even in the darkness there is light. Even in death there is life!
In this, the finale of the Gospel MAPS series, we look at the parable of the barren fig tree in Luke 13:1-9. What is repentance, really? Does sin cause great calamity - more so than anyone else? Are you a tree bearing fruit, or are you waiting be to cut down, and how do you really know?
Lay preacher, Dave Elder, preaches on the parable of the ten minas, challenging us to identify with one of the three servants in the story, linking what they do in the interim time the king is away with what we do in this interim time while The King is away.