Elders Update

Greetings in the Name of the One who gives His peace to His people.

Oh Lord, my heart is not lifted up;
My eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things too great for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with its mother;
Like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forever.

Psalm 131
…I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be
made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we
may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”

1 Timothy 2:1-2
There is a precious beauty to a quiet, godly life; a life not preoccupied
with matters beyond one’s ability to either meaningfully influence, or
otherwise avoid, but rather simply commends all to the Lord in prayer, and
gets about doing whatever can and should be done with the time given. How much greater the peace of past generations of Christians, who knew this; and greater our loss for having forgotten it in a digital storm.

Today the expectation is the very opposite of what Scripture says. A peaceful, quite, godly, dignified life is viewed as strange, even in the global church, by: a culture that prides itself on expressing & trumpeting personal views through social media; a culture that excels in catastrophizing the outcomes of current affairs, fueling anxiety; a culture that is incapable of functioning unless it is fed incessantly with “new things”, even as it believes itself quite capable of getting by without significant prayer. Instead of the undistracted, calm, trusting life & evangelistic witness of a New Testament Christian – full of thanksgiving & intercession – we are expected to become talkative busybodies, with opinions to share. And despite having more information than ever before, there is more fretting than faith, more heat than light, more pontificating than prayer.

Perhaps, by way of self-diagnosis, a simple question warrants asking – “Is my soul quieted and calm, like a weaned child with its mother, in the pursuit & presence of Jesus Christ?”…..And no, there’s not an “App” for that. But we can commend to you, the ancient discipline of retreating to the place the Father sees in secret, and pursuing the Master for the betterment of soul, marriage, family, church, nation, and Kingdom. My you find peace in His presence, as you live in this loud and angry world.

An Update Concerning Sunday Services: We give thanks to the Lord that our
Sunday morning service was at capacity this past weekend – with 50 people in attendance. We have been in discussion around the next step (hence the delay in sending the Elder’s Update this week). Owing to the expectation of
increased numbers, we have decided to explore commencing evening services as of Sunday 23rd August. The intention is that if someone cannot attend one service, they will register to attend the other instead.

*  However, evening services will only commence if there is significant
interest, as expressed through the registration process. (Final confirmation
of the recommencement/ongoing-suspension will be communicated at the morning service, on the 23rd).
*  Accordingly, please register early in the week for all services
(NB): Most of the service registrations are made late on Saturday evening;
meaning it is hard to determine attendance needs. We understand that folk
may be delaying so as to be sure of their health nearer the time. However we would like to request that registrations rather be made earlier in the week, and thereafter cancellations be made if necessary. This will assist us in determining interest & numbers, and enable us to contact those who might otherwise desire to come should a space open up.
*  Please feel free to register for & attend both services. The evening
services will probably have ample space, and we want to encourage folk to
join them.
*  That said, please be flexible & willing to forgo attending one of
the services, if this becomes necessary. If numbers surge, we may eventually
suggest alternating services, or weeks, to accommodate everyone.
* Evening services will not be livestreamed for the present. We will
explore this going forward, but at this experimental stage we want to
alleviate pressure on our technical teams. The sermon will still be
recorded, and available on the internet. 
* Please note that we are adapting as we go along. We will adjust the
process as we learn and go forward. 

Lastly, please note that the family of Thelma Knight have decided to not
have a funeral/memorial service.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by
the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

In Christ
Martin, Winton, Andrew, Shane