Love is like a butterfly in so many, many ways.
It brings a bit of sunshine even on gloomy days.
It makes our souls feel lighter just to know it’s there.
And gives our spirits wings as if floating in the air.
It carries us to places that we never knew before,
And comes in many sizes, shapes and hues galore.
Once we have seen it, we wish to hold onto it so tight,
But like a frail butterfly, we must allow it free flight.
For if we should try and cage it up and hold it in a pen,
We’ll surely crush its wings, and it’ll never fly again.
To keep that love glowing in our hearts each day,
We must remember to give some away.
Every little bit we give to someone else to share,
Comes back tenfold and we’ve so much to spare.
Put your love on gossamer wings,
And give it flight;
It will return to you,
And bring you much delight.
ALPHA has been postponed to January 2016 because of lack of response………….hopefully next time we will have a great response.
What is ALPHA…
ALPHA is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith, in a friendly, open and informal environment.
We look at the following topics:
Is There More to Life Than This?
Who is Jesus?
Why Did Jesus Die?
How Can We Have Faith?
Why and How Do I Pray?
Why and How Should I Read the Bible?
How Does God Guide Us?
How Can I Resist Evil?
Why and How Should I Tell Others?
Does God Heal Today?
What About the Church?
Each of us in this life wants more than anything to be loved. We work for love. We strive for love. We make fools out of ourselves for love. We long to feel that love warming our hearts and souls. We strain our ears each day for just a whisper of those three glorious words: “I love you.” What most of us don’t realize, however, is just how much God loves us. God is showing us and telling us how much He loves us every day. When you see the sun rising over the mountains, feel the cool breeze kissing your face, and hear the sweet songs of birds blessing your ears that is God saying, “I love you.” When you see the adoring eyes of your dog looking up at you and feel the gentle brush of your cat against your hand that is God saying, “I love you.” When you hear music that uplifts your soul with joy and read words that make your heart and mind soar into the heavens that is God saying, “I love you.” When you hear the laughter of children playing and feel the warm hug of your own child against you that is God saying, “I love you.” When you have the loving support of your family and the wonderful kindness of your friends no matter what you are going through that is God saying, “I love you.” When you find your thoughts and feelings always leading you towards growth, learning, love, and joy that is God saying, “I love you.” When your life’s circumstances both good and bad help you to keep growing stronger, better, happier, and more loving each day that is God saying, “I love you.”
God is always telling you and showing you just how much He loves you. Don’t be afraid then to say, “I love you too God.” Don’t be afraid to live that love in your life either. Love God with everything you have and with everything you are. Love yourself, love your neighbour, and make this whole world your neighbourhood. Always remember that God is love, that life is joy, and that we are one. And always listen for the million ways that God says, “I love you.”
The system for collection has been amended and on the counter in the foyer (outside Cynthia’s office) are the stickers and specific envelopes for the fund; please do not use the tithing envelopes nor the envelope on the church divider door. Hand in the envelope at the info desk or place in the offerings bag.
You are invited to the closing ceremony of Kairos’s 9th Outside Weekend.
Listen to the testimonies of the guests who have been touched by the Holy Spirit and have experienced the wonderful healing of God.
Date: Sunday 19 July 2015 at 14h00 for 14h30.
Venue: Emseni, 5th Road (off Great North Road), Brentwood Park.
Beloved Light of Love,
Somewhere within my troubled scared mind
Is the truth of my beloved self.
A self that is not weak, but strong,
Not flawed or damaged,
But whole and perfect.
Not full of pain, but basking in peace.
Not doubtful, but sure.
Not proud, but humble,
Confident, loving, serene and joyful.
I am ready to travel a new road,
A road of gentleness and grace.
I have been caught and playing in a world of deception,
A world of sickness and addiction.
A world of limitation and regret.
In this moment, my Dear God,
I choose to be released from all this pain.
Your Will for me is so beautiful,
So light-filled, so magnificent.
Within the embrace of Your Will for me
All negativity will be transformed.
I join Your Will for me.
I invoke Your Light.
I am no longer willing to be a prisoner of the world I made.
I receive the Truth of Your Peace that replaces the hell
Of this limited world.
I am ready for a new way.
I move out of my belief in weakness into Your Eternal Strength,
Out of this little self I made, into You!
A big ’thank you’ to all those people who are on the catering list for funerals. The team who worked in the kitchen on Thursday let us know that many people congratulated them on the spread of food.
Without your contributions, we would be hard pressed to provide. Also a big ‘thank you’ to the teams who work so hard for funerals by setting out tables, serving tea, clearing away and working in the kitchen, etc.
Thank you, Lord, for the blessings you have bestowed on my life. You have provided me with more than I could ever have imagined. You have surrounded me with people who always look out for me. You have given me family and friends who bless me every day with kind words and actions. They lift me up in ways that keep my eyes focused on you and make my spirit soar.
Also, thank you, Lord, for keeping me safe. You protect me from those things that seem to haunt others. You help me make better choices, and you have provided me with advisors that help me with the difficult decisions. You speak to me in so many ways so that I always know you are here.
And Lord, I am so grateful for keeping those around me safe and loved. I hope that you provide me with the ability and sense to show them every day how much they matter. I hope that you give me the ability to give to them the same kindness they have provided to me. I am just so grateful for all of your blessings in my life, Lord. I pray that you remind me of just how lucky I am, and that you never allow me to forget to show my gratitude in prayer and returned kind acts. Thank you, Lord. In your name, Amen.
The Samaritan Team is asking for donations of the following:
- Tinned Vegetables
- Any other food
The feeding scheme would appreciate loaves of bread whenever you are able to help out, or a donation if you just keep forgetting to buy the bread. Every little bit helps!
Chrysalis is an experience that allows young adults and youth to experience the essential growth into a mature faith. There are weekend retreats in July for both males and females – please take a flyer from the info desk for more information.
The reading for this coming Sunday is Mark 5:21-43.
The topic Ryan will be focussing on is “It’s a matter of Faith”
Let us praise those fathers who have striven to balance the demands of work, marriage, and children with an honest awareness of both joy and sacrifice. Let us praise those fathers who, lacking a good model for a father, have worked to become a good father.
Let us praise those fathers who by their own account were not always there for their children, but who continue to offer those children, now grown, their love and support. Let us pray for those fathers who have been wounded by the neglect and hostility of their children.
Let us praise those fathers who, despite divorce, have remained in their children’s lives. Let us praise those fathers whose children are adopted, and whose love and support has offered healing.
Let us praise those fathers who, as stepfathers, freely choose the obligation of fatherhood and earned their step children’s love and respect. Let us praise those fathers who have lost a child to death, and continue to hold the child in their heart.
Let us praise those men who have no children, but cherish the next generation as if they were their own.
Let us praise those men who have “fathered” us in their role as mentors and guides.
Let us praise those men who are about to become fathers; may they openly delight in their children.
And let us praise those fathers who have died, but live on in our memory and whose love continues to nurture us.