Every genuine local church, or congregation of Christian believers, is unique, but they all have one thing in common – the presence of God in Christ by His Spirit. His is a very real presence, but not very often is that reality realised! How are we doing with this in our Port Broughton congregation?
It is promised. No matter who we are (as individuals), or where we have come from, Jesus promises that he is ALWAYS with his disciples, and is ALWAYS there in the midst where just “two or three are gathered in my name” Matt 28:20, and 18:20.
We don’t always realise that, and even when we hear it, we too often don’t believe it. Therefore, we all too often make the grave mistake of trying to ask God for His presence when we already have it!
This isn’t just theory. While the doctrine of omnipresence may not seem easy to finite minds like ours, the truth is that our wonderful God is fully present, at all times, every- where. So he is able fully to attend all gatherings/meetings of believers, everywhere on the earth, at every moment. Any and all gatherings of believers, no matter how small, (even just two!), have the guaranteed presence of God in Christ by His Spirit!
So, when we come together “to church”, we never need to ask Him to come and join us. That is, unfortunately, a false prayer. He is “here” before we are! Rather, when we come together “to church”, it is we who are coming into His presence, not He into ours. Truly, it is we who join together in His name, to be with Him, and to be holy and without blame before Him in love (Eph.1:3).
This has nothing to do with so-called “sacred spaces” or religious buildings – “churches”. A lot of nonsense is peddled about those ideas. God’s own personal presence is not bounded by buildings, nor by any matter of space and time. He is, at all times, wholly present everywhere! And makes Himself freely available; known to humble believers who gather in His name. Anywhere, Anytime.
What is really needed, to enjoy His presence (and all that that means) is for us to open our hearts and minds to Him as we come together. If that is our prayer, the reality will surely be opened to us.
Sylvia Harvey, welcomed 8 members with 5 apologies, she opened with Prayer. We only had one Birthday, Dulcie Chapman on 18th April 2021.
A report was given on the Sinza Ministry in Uganda, where Gladyse is struggling to feed & pay school fees for her Orphans. She also requested a treadle sewing machine, as there is no power.
Judy led us in our afternoon of Australiana, by informing us about the history of our country’s name from Terra Australis to Australia del Espiritu Santo which means Southland of the Holy Spirit, to New Holland to Australia.
We sang “The Song of Australia” to the music provided from Dulcie’s phone. We heard 3 stories from a book of Australian Humour. Some members told stories of travel, people and camp oven cooking. There was a good display of things e.g. RAA road guide, book about Woolsheds, Aboriginal music sticks, a Diary written in 1956, Opal Jewellery, Driza-bone coat, Akubra, a glass lamp which was used on a farm, many years ago, a lovely Aboriginal Dot painting and one done from Bark. During Afternoon Tea, the discussions continued. A great afternoon.
Our next meeting Tuesday 18th May 2021 at 1-30pm will be a craft workshop for Shoe Boxes. Making Bracelets, necklaces with bead, also scrunches, head- bands etc.
Our meeting on June the 15th, we will be visiting Memoree House in Kadina. If anyone is interested in joining us, please contact Raelene on 86 353 179.
Blessings to you all,
Ministry Team Elections for 2021. Nomination forms are available now and will close on Sunday 23rd May 2021. Nominations do not need a seconder, nor do they need the permission of the person nominated. It is a name you put forward after prayerful consideration Nominees will have an opportunity to accept or decline when visited by a Ministry Team member between 23rd May and 6th June 2021. The names of those nominated who have accepted will be announced and prayed for during the Service on the 6th June and voting day will be on the 20th June. Absentee voting is available from 6th June if you know you won’t be present on voting day.
Rev. Trevor Faggotter will Commission the new team on Sunday 11th July 2021
It is time to start thinking of the shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.
If you are able, we are looking for items to fill the shoe boxes, i.e. lead and coloured pencils, pencil sharpeners, tennis balls, marbles, skipping ropes, word search books, underwear, clothing and anything else you can think of that would fit nicely into a shoe box. Exercise books need to be the 5 x 7 books and not A4 as the A4 do not fit into the box.
Also if you, or you know of anyone who can sew skirts or trousers or T-shirts for children, please ask them to contact Sylvia Harvey or Sandra Ireland as we often have material.