Church Notices: 16/01/22

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.

Whakakitea ki ahau au ara, e Ihowa; whakaakona ahau ki au huarahi.

Psalm 25:4

Psalm 96

This week’s sermon can be listened to here.

A Message from Chris

Hi there,
While I am away, I wanted to encourage you with a couple of reminders of things we have seen from the Psalms this summer. 

From Psalm 95 we heard these words: Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. 
Today, if only you would hear his voice,
“Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness, where your ancestors tested me; they tried me, though they had seen what I did.”    (Psalm 95:6-9)

And so we can pray for our hearts:Merciful Lord, you alone can order our unruly wills and affections.
Teach us to love what you command,
and to desire what you promise,
that, among the changes and chances of this world,
our hearts may surely be fixed
where true joys are to be found,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.   (taken from Common Prayer, Sydney Anglican Diocese)

Tono Karakia/Prayer Requests

Please pray for:

  • Matthias and Brett who will be giving the message the next two weeks.
  • Those visitors who attended church over Christmas.
  • Those in our community who may be struggling at this time of the year-particularly those who have lost jobs due to the Covid mandates.
  • Let’s pray for unity and streangth at SPOTR as we go through this difficult time together
  • Some of the senior members of the church family who are struggling to get to the services. (If you know of someone in this situation why not give them a call, or even visit). Also the two ladies who had falls this week.
  • Those Christians in SPOTR and other churches whose jobs are in jeopardy due to the Covid vaccine mandates.

We said goodbye to Matthias last week. After having him with us for a year it was a little sad, but great that he is starting a full time apprenticeship at Latimer Church. All the best, Matthias!

The church prayer meeting is held every Friday morning, 6:30 a.m. at the church office. For more information please use our contact form. There will be no weekly prayer meeting on 21 and 28 January due to holidays.

For those who regularly attend SPOTR, more personal prayer requests are included in the weekly email. If you would like to be added to the email list, please contact Chris.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

Other Bits and Pieces

Looking for a challenge?

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You don’t need to do anything too drastic! Why not come to SPOTR very first camp?  We hope to be able to run the first ever St Peter’s of the rock church camp in 2022! The dates we have booked are 20-22 May. The camp is planned to be at the Woodend Christian Camp. Please pencil those dates in your diary now! More info to come.

Bible readings for 23/01/22: Psalm 25, Hebrews 5:1-10

Growth Groups -These will be starting again soon. If you would like to join one please contact Chris. Details of groups below:

– Tuesday and Wednesday night mixed groups

– Wednesday daytime seniors’ group

– Wednesday night women’s group

Preschool Children and Parents Room – There are toys available in the church for children struggling to sit through a service. Please do not worry if your children are acting like children; we are glad to have them (and you) with us on Sundays. There is also a parents’ room available if you would like somewhere quiet to take your child.

Church Directory – If you want your details adding to our directory, please email with your email/phone. This page is password protected. Only those who are in the directory have the password.

Giving – You may have noticed we do not take a collection during our services. If you would like to contribute financially to SPOTR please contact Trent (our treasurer) for details, use the box at the back of church or use this link (scroll to bottom of page when you are transferred). please note: for anyone who gives to the church by standing order, our new bank account number is 03 0674 0274 673 000 Thank you.