The life we really want

Kia ora whānau,

As we continue to explore together what reorganising our lives around Jesus looks like, we can take comfort from Paul's words to the Philippians. He stated that God is actually at work in us to give us his desires and to empower us to be obedient to him. If we put some habits in place (personally and corporately) around connecting with him he will do this. And life is so much easier when we get to do what we really want to do! I grew up thinking that a mature Christian was measured by the amount of time spent reading the bible, going to church and praying, when in reality, these things are just means to an end. They are the way that God allows us to experience him and change what we desire. The end is to know God and be obedient to him (working out our salvation) by loving him, loving each other, and loving the world.

So are there any habits that God is inviting you to develop this week?

Let's keep our eyes on Jesus (which is a really good habit),


This weeks message:


Ladies of St Toms - I'm trying to finish a sewing project and would do much better with company! Join me for a couple of hours sewing, crafting or mending, just bring whatever you're working on. Saturday 7 Sept, 2-4pm at 50 Russell Terrace. RSVP to Kate Day 022 315 6499.

● The Bishop is inviting us all to join New Zealand students on Friday 27 September in a public demonstration to highlight the urgency of climate change and show decision-makers the extent of public support for bold action. In Wellington, the event will involve gathering with the public in Civic Square at 11:20am, walking down Lambton Quay, and arriving at Parliament lawns about 12:30. We'll then have a shared picnic together.Here is a video from Justin telling us more about the strike and why its important: Justin's invitation.

● Come to 311 Mansfield St for Soup and Stories on Tuesday at 6pm. We've got delicious hot soup and fresh bread, and we're exploring the Book of Acts. See you there!

● Old-Spice Men's Prayer Group (affectionately known as Spicey Old Men's group) meets at 7am on Wednesdays for prayer and connection. Come along, you don't have to be old to join in!

● Youth Church is really taking off at the Cathedral every Sunday evening at 6. If you're a youth or a young adult you should come along!

● Richard's Big Bad Bible Study is on every Wednesday at 11am at the chapel.