I am the Way, the Truth and the Life - Jesus
Welcome, haere mai, talofa lava, kia orana, fakaalofa lahi atu, annyeong haseyo and greetings church family.
Last week we saw the opening of the Women’s Rugby World Cup tournament at Eden Park. This was witnessed by a record-breaking crowd at the stadium, not forgetting the millions of viewers on live television across the world. What a celebration for women’s sports and being a loyal New Zealand fan, it was simply superb.
What we don’t see however are the thousands of volunteers that are involved in the lead up to such an event. Whether it’s dancing, singing, serving as parking wardens or security or in the many other services that are required to keep everyone happy and secure. I can identify with this as I once volunteered with my youngest daughter to be part of the opening ceremony of the Men’s Rugby World cup in 2011. What an experience, and a lot of time attending practises. So to all the volunteers we salute them and thank them for offering their time to support our community events.
This is the same in our church celebration where we come together on Sunday joining millions across the world to celebrate God’s goodness. Again, we have many volunteers serving God in different parts of the church during the week to ensure that Sunday services honour God and glorify Jesus, and that the church community is cared for.
There are the session elders, the board of managers, community luncheon servers on Tuesday, small group leaders, worship leaders and musicians, data projector and sound technicians, property maintenance, telephone ringing, communion preparation, event coordinators, door duty, opening and closing the church for weekly events and weekend users, visiting the elderly in hospitals and retirement villages, prayer meetings, counting the offering and banking, welcomers, counting the weekly attendances, mission committee, hospitality and many more. To all our church family volunteers thank you. I want to encourage you with the following Psalms as you go about your daily activities.
Psalm 121:1-2, 7-8
1. I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?
2. My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and earth.
7. The Lord will keep you from all harm— He will watch over your life;
8. the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
1. The Lord is my Light and my salvation— whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
Author: Rev Enosa Auva'a
Date Published: November 2022