Sunday 16 July 2000
Motueka Church of Christ
374 High Street, Motueka.

Welcome to our family and guests.  We extend a friendly Christian welcome and trust that you are encouraged and uplifted as you worship with us today.

I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord.
I will fulfil my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. Psalm 116:17

Bible Sunday


"Thy word is a Lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." --Psalm 119:105

From the Word.
"Then opened He their understanding that they might understand the scriptures."

He wants to open your heart.

I can bring the Scriptures to your mind, but only the Holy Spirit can prepare your mind to receive the Scriptures.  I can reach your ear, but only Jesus can open your heart.  That's why Bible reading seems such hard work to so many of us.  Teachers and preachers may show you what to believe, but only Jesus can show us HOW to believe it.
Before you read, get on your knees and pray, "Lord, open my understanding to the Scriptures."
Cry like David, "Open Thou mine eyes that I may behold wondrous things in Thy law." (Psalm 119:18)
Pastor Sarah Utterbach told her congregation, "Unless you spend as much time reading The Word as you do watching T.V. you're not serious about God, and you'll never get anywhere with Him."
Prayer is you talking to God.  Reading with a prepared heart is Him talking to you.
From "The Word for Today" by Bob & Debby Gass, May, June, July issue. Wednesday July 30th 1997. Free copies are obtainable from Rhema Broadcasting Group.

JESUS said:
Anyone who hears and obeys these teachings of mine is like a wise person who built a house on solid rock.  Rain poured down, rivers flooded, and winds beat against that house.  But it did not fall because it was built on solid rock.
Anyone who hears my teachings and does not obey them is like a house on sand.  The rain poured down, the rivers flooded, and the winds blew and beat against that house.  Finally it fell with a crash.
When Jesus finished speaking, the crowds were surprised at his teaching.  He taught them like someone with authority, and not like their teachers of the Law of Moses.

The week ahead:
9:30am - Prayer for the service.
10:00am - "Worship Service" Speaker: Malcolm Gilbert
4:45pm - Prayer for the service.
5:00pm - Speaker: Darrin Lewis
10:30am - Intercessory Prayer meeting at the church.
( Prayer for schools and the nation and the church fellowship and planning. All welcome. Mon. & Fri. )
6:30pm - Elders meeting at the church.
7:30pm - Board meeting at the church.
7:30pm - No Youth meetings for a time.
7:30pm - King's home group meets at 9 Motueka Quay. ph. xxx xxxx
7:30pm - Whyte's home group meets at Rua's in Goddard Rd., ph. xxx xxxx
10:00am - No Ladies home group meeting this week.
6pm-7pm - Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, Prayer at the church.
( This coming month = 13th & 27th July )
7:00pm - Music practice at church for those who want to be involved in the music on Sunday.
9:45am - Noah's Ark Play Group.

Coming Events
* TONIGHT'S SPEAKER is Darrin Lewis.  Darrin has a ministry in evangelism.
* PLEASE NOTE: Today is "Bible Sunday".  Carry your Bible with you!!
* The A.G.M. will be on the 20th August.  Would all those concerned please have their reports in to M. Harris by the 6th August.  Thank you.

Please note: Many of the Elders will be away on 23rd at Christchurch attending a seminar called "Cleansing Streams."

National Bible Sunday is held to celebrate The Bible and to thank God for giving us His written Word, which reveals the living Jesus.
It is proposed this Bible Sunday, that you make a donation of one gold coin for every Bible in your home, or, if you do not have any Bibles, please pay double for the one you should have!!
Over the next two weeks, please place your "Bible Tax" or "Gold Coin" donation in the box labelled on the back table.  A gold coin donation for each Bible you have at home?
Recycle Bibles.  Hand them in and we will send them to the Bible League of New Zealand.  Please leave on the back table over the next two weeks.  "We have 10 so far, keep them coming!"

Please Pray:
* against the strife in Fiji and the Solomon Islands, for God's will to be done and for peace to prevail.
* for Vicky who is now at home but still travelling to Nelson every second day.  She is not healing as well as expected and may have to return to Wellington.
* all those who have the 'flu, or who have other types of sickness especially Lawrine H. and John P.
* those who are holidaying and/or travelling.  May they be refreshed with their rest and have a neat time with their family/friends.
* Dorothy who is spending time with family "up North".  She will be away for approx. two months.  We pray for fine weather, good health and happy times and memories.
* Vera and Walter who will also be "up North" with family from anything up to three months.  We pray for fine weather, good health and happy times and memories for you also.

News from Zimbabwe.  Because of political strife, poor crop production and bad weather, the progress on the building sites has been slower than expected.  Many church members have had to focus on feeding their families etc.  One pastor's house was completely lost as it dissolved in the wind and rain.  In his letter to us, Chris Baigent states that he thinks there will be political unrest for the next few months.
Pray for:
* peace in Zimbabwe and an end to violence.
* the rural people, particularly those in the Zvishavane region for relief from hardship.
* a peaceful end to the war in the Congo.
* Praise that Cephas Msipa has been successful.

More on the Bible Sunday theme...
A Bible that is falling apart often belongs to one who isn't.

Thousands of people do not like the Bible because it cramps their lifestyle.

Carrying a Bible will never take the place of reading it.

The most desirable time to read the Bible is as often as possible.

Keep your Bible open and you will not find the door to heaven shut.

A Bible in the hand is worth two on the bookcase.

The Bible is God's chart for you to steer by, to keep you from the bottom of the sea, and to show you where the harbour is, and how to reach it without running on the rocks and bars. - Henry Beecher.

The devil is not afraid of the Bible that has dust on it. - Anon.

Many things in the Bible I cannot understand; many things in the Bible I only think I understand, but there are many things in the Bible I cannot misunderstand. - Anon.

A glory gilds the sacred page,
Majestic like the sun,
It gives a light to every age
It gives but borrows none.
The hand that gave it still supplies
the gracious light and heat;
His truths upon the nations rise,
They rise but never set.
- William Cooper. The Light and Glory of the World.

'When God Doesn't Make Sense' by B. Hinn.  Please return to W. Little if you have this book.

All of the dishes and cutlery from the "Christmas Dinner", please return to the kitchen a.s.a.p.

ASIA 2000
invites you to a "CHINESE DINNER" at the Golden Horse Restaurant in Nelson, 6:30pm Monday 17th July.  The cost is $20.00 each.  This is an opportunity to learn about and support the China/Tibet teams who will be travelling into these countries next month.  See notice on the back wall and E. Repp for info and bookings.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
M. Wainscott 20 July
J. Hansen 21 July
D. Trewavas 23 July
K. Yokose 23 July
-- Happy birthday to you!
The Service Plan for 23rd July 2000:
Preaching: 10am Ross Heyward, 5pm No service
Helpers: S. Lawn, J. Lawn, A. Rua, G. Rua, L. Didcott, E. Repp
Greeters: S. & J. Lawn
Host Family: N. & C. Greaney
Cleaning & Flowers: J. Overbeek, C. King
Church Elders: Max Jeffries, ph. xxx xxxx
Fred King, ph. xxx xxxx (Co-ordinator)
Robbie Tucker, ph. xx xxx xxxx
Martin Whyte, ph. xxx xxxx
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374 High Street, Motueka. 528 9795