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Fellowship NEWS
Sunday 7 August 1977

Minister: Steven Moore, 374 High Street, Motueka. Phone 634

LETTERS TO THE 20TH CENTURY CHURCH
(From "When All Else Fails" by Bob Smith)

To the Church of Brotherly Love - Worldwide

At last, the place of my rest!  How good to settle down and be at home in your hearts.  How great to find expression for my life and my love through your yielded lives!  Oh, I know you're full of flaws, and you still give me lots of problems.  But at least you give me room to be who I am, to do my work in you.  You pastors and teachers - I'm grateful you are being my voice, letting me speak through you amid all the conflicting claims of men who say, "Hear this!  Listen to me!  I have the truth!"

In the face of all the pressures and pulls of man's philosophies you heeded my Word and proclaimed my truth to a battered and bewildered world!  And you set my people free to find their gifts and fulfill their ministries.  How good to have the use of my Body instead of being tied up in knots.

Well done, you elders.  You who have ruled well are counted worthy of double honour.  The leadership of love is what I've always longed for in the church, for this is the way I lead.

And all you saints who have learned to love and be loved:  what a joy you are to my heart.  You are my beloved Bride, and ours the love story that will be told for eternity.  Keep the Word of my Grace and go on to maturity.  Don't marvel that the Enemy fights you and his world system hates you.  That opposition is directed at me through you.  And I have already won the battle!
And don't forget - it won't be long before I see you face to face.
That will be a great day for you - and for me.

JESUS CHRIST.
The Alpha and Omega.  The First and Last.


FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY ......
I ran across this article by Paul Little and thought that it might be of interest to you, so I share it with you:

God has taken the initiative, throughout history, to communicate with man.  His fullest revelation has been his invasion into human history in the person of Jesus Christ.  Here, in terms of human personality that we can understand, he has lived among us.  If you wanted to communicate your love to a colony of ants, how could you most effectively do it?  Clearly, it would be best to become an ant.  Only in this way could your existence and what you were like be communicated fully and effectively.  That is what God did with us.  We are, as J.B. Phillips aptly put it, "the visited planet".  The best and clearest answer to how we know there is a God is that he has visited us.  The other indications are merely clues or hints.  What confirms them conclusively is the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Other evidence for the reality of God's existence is his clear presence in the lives of men and women today.  Where Jesus Christ is believed and trusted, a profound change takes place in the individual, - and ultimately in the community.  One of the most moving illustrations of this is recorded by Ernest Gordon, now chaplain of Princeton University.  In his "Valley of the Kwai", he tells how, during World War II, the prisoners of the Japanese on the Malay Peninsula had been reduced almost to animals, stealing food from their buddies, who were also starving.  In their desperation the prisoners decided it would be good to read the New Testament.

Because Gordon was a university graduate, they asked him to lead.  By his own admission, he was a sceptic - and those who asked him to lead were unbelievers too.  He and the others came to trust Christ, on being acquainted with Him in all of his beauty and power, through the uncluttered simplicity of the New Testament.  How this group of scrounging, clawing humans was transformed into a community of love is a touching and powerful story, that clearly demonstrates the reality of God in Jesus Christ.  Many others today, in less dramatic terms, have experienced this same reality.

There IS a God and this God can be known in personal experience.


AMONG OUR PEOPLE ......
A WARM WELCOME

to any visitors with us this week.  We hope that you were inspired by the Worship Service this morning, were inspired by the teaching from God's Word, and felt the presence of God in the gathering together of His people.

AND A SPECIAL WELCOME
to our guest preacher, Tony Barnett, as he takes a turn in the pulpit this morning.

REMEMBER THE FILM TONIGHT - 7 P.M.
- We will be screening "The Gospel Blimp".  This is a very enjoyable and sometimes funny film, and it has some good things to teach us.  Be sure to be there.

LEPROSY MISSION APPEAL
- The Motueka Churches have conducted this house-to-house appeal for the past several years.  This is a very deserving Christian Mission.  There are still over 15 million lepers in the world and the number is growing.  The Christian Church is a pioneer in this field of caring.  The backing of our congregation is needed by providing collectors.  We will need about 8 people for the collection on Saturday, 13th August, at 9:30a.m.  Please contact Steve if you will help in this.

A SPECIAL T.V. PROGRAMME
... That's right!  There are some very good programmes on T.V.  One is scheduled for tomorrow night.  The film is "Drink, Drank, Drunk".  It has been responsible for many alcoholics finding sobriety and is of great informative value to the non-alcoholic in helping to understand the nature of this addiction.
The programme is on Monday night at 9:40p.m. on T.V.1.

NEXT WEEK'S SERMON
will deal with the concept of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  This is an area of Scripture that we hear a lot of talk about these days, so it behoves us to look at the Word of God to see what it says.  No individual has all the answers, but if you would like to know a little more about the place of the Holy Spirit in a Christian's life, we will look together to see what Scripture has to say.  Join us.

IF YOU MISSED
contributing to the Prestidge Family Offering last Sunday, you still have time to add your donation to the $48.50 which was received.
THIS WEEK AT OUR CHURCH . . . .
Tonight at 7p.m.  Gospel Service FILM! FILM! FILM!

Monday, 8 August Boys Brigade: Company Section meet in the hall at 7p.m.

Tuesday, 9 August Board Meeting at the home of B. Fenemor at 7:30p.m.

Wednesday, 10 August Ladies' Bible Study at the Manse, at 9:45a.m.
Prayer Meeting & Bible Study at the home of R. Absalom, 7:30p.m.

Thursday, 11 August Boys' Brigade: Team Section meet in the hall at 6:30p.m.

Sunday, 14 August - 9:50a.m. Bible School.
11:00a.m. Worship and Communion
"The Baptism of the Holy Spirit".
7:00p.m. Gospel Service, "Jesus' Prayer"
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THOSE SERVING:
14/8/77
President: T. Barrow
Readers: O.T. - L. Jeffries; N.T. - B. Fenemor
Helpers: P. Barrow, L. Didcott
Doorkeeper: B. Clark
Organist a.m. B. Holyoake; p.m. G. Holyoake
Flowers and Cleaning: H. Barrow, L. Moore
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Minister: Steven Moore, 374 High Street, Motueka. Phone 634