News – Evergreens 11 May. Melissa Hay, Optometrist

Evergreens is open to everyone but is primarily aimed at the over-60s.
Meetings start with morning tea at 10am. $2 donation towards costs.

Wednesday 11 May 2022 – Speaker MELISSA HAY 

Melissa started at Milford Optometrists in 2003, just after graduating from Auckland University with Honours.

She says that ” … it was always my dream to own my own practice and I was lucky enough to achieve this dream early on.  Optometry offers a great variety of people, and I enjoy the problem solving aspect of patient demands.”

Read more abut Melissa here, and some articles by Melissa from Channelmag here

The Road to Renewal

24 April 2022 

2 Kings 22:1-11, 23:1-3                                                       

22 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. His mother’s name was Jedidah daughter of Adaiah; she was from Bozkath. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.

In the eighteenth year of his reign, King Josiah sent the secretary, Shaphan son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, to the temple of the Lord. He said: “Go up to Hilkiah the high priest and have him get ready the money that has been brought into the temple of the Lord, which the doorkeepers have collected from the people. Have them entrust it to the men appointed to supervise the work on the temple. And have these men pay the workers who repair the temple of the Lord— the carpenters, the builders and the masons. Also have them purchase timber and dressed stone to repair the temple. But they need not account for the money entrusted to them, because they are honest in their dealings.”

Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the Lord.” He gave it to Shaphan, who read it. Then Shaphan the secretary went to the king and reported to him: “Your officials have paid out the money that was in the temple of the Lord and have entrusted it to the workers and supervisors at the temple.” 10 Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king.

11 When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes.

23 Then the king called together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 2 He went up to the temple of the Lord with the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests and the prophets—all the people from the least to the greatest. He read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant, which had been found in the temple of the Lord. 3 The king stood by the pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord—to follow the Lord and keep his commands, statutes and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, thus confirming the words of the covenant written in this book. Then all the people pledged themselves to the covenant.

 

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Prayer

Listen to the Sermon  “The Road to Renewal” Brian Michell

Forming Followers – Jesus Appears to His Disciples

17 April 2022 ~ EASTER SUNDAY

John 20:19–23

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

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Call to worship (Psalm 16:5-11)

Prayer

Listen to the Scripture reading

Read the Sermon  “Forming Followers” – Brian D LIma (pdf)

Listen to the Sermon  “Forming Followers” – Brian D Lima

Benediction

 

 

 

IT IS FINISHED – Jesus’ Crucifixion

10 April 2022 ~ Sunday before Easter

John 19:28–37

28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am
thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop
plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.

30When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his
head and gave up his spirit.

31Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did
not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies
taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and
then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his
legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.

35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so
that you also may believe.

36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones
will be broken,” 37 and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.


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Read the Sermon  “It is Finished” – Rodney Duncan  (pdf)

Listen to the Sermon  “It is Finished” – Rodney Duncan

 

 

Criminal or Saviour – Jesus’ Crucifixion

3 April 2022

Listen to the Reading

 

John 19:16b-27

1916Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

19 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: “JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS” 20 Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21 The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”

22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

24 “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”

This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said,

“They divided my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.”[a]

So this is what the soldiers did.

25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman] here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.


Download Virtual Service (pdf)

Read the Sermon  “Criminal or Saviour – Jesus’ Crucifixion” – Brian D.Lima  (pdf)

Listen to the Sermon  “Criminal or Saviour – Jesus’ Crucifixion” – Brian D.Lima