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Just Because... Venue Change

Posted 22 March 2017, 8:32 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Due to the amount of rain that has fallen and due to fall, the Just Because event has now being held at Redlands Christian Reformed Church, cnr Sturgeon & Delancey St, Ormiston.



9am service: The Search for Religion

Posted 22 March 2017, 8:21 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

In the verses we are looking at today God now gets a mention. Up to now, much of Ecclesiastes has been about the meaninglessness of life apart from God, now we are to look to God who made our world. What is clear is that our “under the sun” lives are in a drastic need of recalibration to how we approach God. Have you ever thought about the fact that God knows and judges the way we worship? He sees into your heart; he sees the attitude behind your actions and judges whether your worship is acceptable. Solomon is saying that there is a right way and a wrong way to worship God. The right way is that of the wise person and the wrong way is that of fools. If we do not want our religion to be meaningless we need to avoid the wrong way to worship God. What is that wrong way? What is the right way?

Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

Pastor: Jim de Witte



5pm service: Ten Words: CONTENTMENT

Posted 22 March 2017, 8:19 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Will you believe it? We have reached the final installment of our series on the 10 commandments! We'll find this Sunday that there is something rather peculiar about the last commandment. It's not quite like any of the others and after understanding it well, we'll hopefully delight in these words of Augustus Toplady: 

 

"Object of my first desire, 

Jesus, crucified for me! 

All to happiness aspire, 

Only to be found in thee.

 Thee to please and thee to know 

Constitute our bliss below, 

Thee to see and thee to love 

Constitute our bliss above."  

Bible Passage: Exodus 20:17

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



Toilet Roll Inners Please

Posted 15 March 2017, 10:37 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 One of the main crafts we have planned for our time in Burma is

making gorgeous Christmas decorations using the cardboard inners of toilet rolls.

These decorations, once made by the children at New Life,  are brought back

and given to supporters back home.

 

I am needing about 400 before I leave on the 18th April, so I need your help please.

A box will be set up in the foyer for collection.

Thanks
Janette



Position Vacant: Church Cleaner

Posted 15 March 2017, 10:34 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The Church requires someone to clean the premises. Starting as soon as possible. 4hrs per week.

Please contact the Committee of Management (Bill Sikkema) for more details.



9am Service: Injustice and Our God of Justice

Posted 15 March 2017, 10:31 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

When people, especially young people, think about life the question is not so much about purpose but significance. The thought is, ‘I want to make a difference.’ I want my life to amount to something of worth. So, people throw themselves into different causes, fighting against corruption, oppression and injustice. These are great things to put your energy into but, in the verses today, Solomon begins to dismantle the idea that doing these things will make a lasting impact. They are ultimately meaningless. Why? From an ‘under the sun’ perspective it never seems to end; it never is finished; there is always another place of injustice to tackle. This has been true through the ages and even today. It cries out for something more, something better, something lasting. It drives us back to God, who will redeem all things and bring righteous judgement.

Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:3

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



5pm service: Truth

Posted 15 March 2017, 8:50 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

"The injunction against bearing false witness, branded in stone and brought down by Moses from the mountaintop, has always provoked ambivalent, conflicting emotions. On the one hand, nearly everybody condemns lying. On the others, nearly everyone does it every day." Paul Gray's quote (above) in Time Magazine is highly relevant. The issue of lying - properly understood - is one that we wrestle with every single day of our lives and our world is engrossed in. It's such a big issue that God has cared to devote one of only a precious few absolute rules for humanity to this issue of truth. On Sunday we'll discover why it's so important and how God seeks to shape us when it comes to truth. 

Bible Passage: Exodus 20:16, John 8:32

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



Church Cleaning Bee

Posted 8 March 2017, 9:25 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Many volunteers needed to: clean windows, walls, skirting boards, doors and those other nooks and crannies.

Please bring your cleaning cloths, vacuum cleaners, rubber gloves.

Contact the Office for more details.

 



9am service: Knowing the Times and the Timeless One

Posted 8 March 2017, 9:24 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

There is a time for everything. We know the poem, we might even know the song made popular by The Byrds. It a poetic reflection of humanities time on earth from beginning to end. It is a poem about time and yet Solomon moves straight from our finitude into the infinite nature of God. We are bound by time and yet we all have a sense of the eternal. We are limited God is limitless. 

Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

Pastor: Ben Peletier



Sewers Needed

Posted 7 March 2017, 9:58 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

SHOUT OUT: Mater Mothers' Hospital are looking for volunteers to sew 'Cuddle Hearts' for our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit mothers and babies.

One fabric heart is given to the mother and placed on her chest to pick up her scent, with the other heart placed close to the baby for the same reason. The hearts are then swapped so mother and baby are left with each other’s scented heart.

Tracy and Helen will be holding a Sewing Bee for those willing to help out on Tuesday 14th March, 1pm at the church.

Please bring your sewing machines, scissors, soft cotton or flannelette material and nothing fluffy or synthetic.



5pm service: Ten Words: STEALING

Posted 7 March 2017, 9:48 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 This Sunday we are looking at the 8th Commandment which says, ‘You shall not steal’. It is simple, blunt and to the point. Every country in the world forbids stealing, so why have a sermon on it? Because God forbids it and the biblical position goes a lot deeper than our surface understanding. Maybe you think, ‘I don’t steal so this sermon doesn’t apply to me.’ Maybe you don’t, but do you live out the positive side of the command, doing all you can for your neighbour’s good? The negative side is easy to deal with, the positive side sets a higher standard. We will work through this ‘simple’ command together.

Bible Passage: Exodus 20:15

Pastor: Jim de Witte



Save the Date

Posted 1 March 2017, 8:56 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Saturday 11th March 8am

CHURCH CLEANING BEE 

Many volunteers needed to: clean windows, walls, skirting boards, doors and those other nooks and crannies.

Please bring your cleaning cloths, vacuum cleaners, rubber gloves.

Contact the office for more details.



5pm service: Ten Words: SEX IS SACRED

Posted 1 March 2017, 8:50 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

"In the jungle of modern permissiveness the meaning and purpose of sex is missed and its glory is lost." How true are these words of J.I. Packer? This Sunday night, as we preach on the seventh commandment ("You shall not commit adultery) we'll hopefully discover - or rediscover - in some way the glory of sex as God intends it. While the subject will be handled sensitively and wisely, it will nevertheless be a 'mature audience' service. If any parents deem their children too young and therefore not ready to be exposed to a biblical understanding of sex, you may want to consider coming in the morning. For the rest of our church community, let's hear what God's Word has to say to us about this incredibly relevant aspect of our lives.    

Bible Passage: Exodus 20:14

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



9am service: The Meaninglessness of Work

Posted 1 March 2017, 8:48 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

To paraphrase a song from Rihanna, all we seem to hear is work, work, work, work work.  It's a pretty fair assessment of most of our lives.  We spend most of our lives either physically or mentally at work, for many of us we spend more time with our colleagues than we do our own family.  Yet one day when we take our last breaths what will our work mean? Not much according to Solomon, the man who's work was more majestic and memorable than any of ours. It's another pretty grim picture from the man who had it all. But wait there's more because this week we begin to find hope. Hope in a God who wants us to enjoy his world and a God who want's us to find eternal satisfaction in him!

Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 2:12-23

Pastor: Ben Peletier

 



5pm service: Ten Words: LIFE

Posted 23 February 2017, 9:56 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 This Sunday night, as we are joined by FORGE Youth, we will continue our journey through God's famous ten commandments by which his people are to live. The 6'th commandment - "you shall not murder" - may seem simple enough. We would quite easily tell ourselves: 'Cool, I'm not a murderer... move on to number 7!' If we do that however, we're showing that we have precious little understanding of what this commandment actually means. On Sunday we'll hear how each of our lives are addressed by this commandment on an almost daily basis. Please join us as we hear God's Word together.

Bible Passage: Exodus 20:13; Matthew 5:21-26; John 10:10

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



9am service: Pleasure is Meaningless

Posted 23 February 2017, 9:53 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

"Everything is meaningless" is the cry of the author of Ecclesiastes. Last week Jim walked us through the first chapter, showing how Solomon begins his reflective journey through life. Everything is meaningless even wisdom. Yet in chapter 2 the focus turns from everything into the idea of pleasure. 

Solomon had every pleasure possible at his disposal. He had wine, women, wealth, works and wisdom. In each of them he found at least a sense of pleasure but never enough to satisfy his searching heart. Before he even lists his vices he concludes that each of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

How does this passage speak into our world? Well in many ways it cuts right to our hearts. Neil Postman's famous book, Entertaining Ourselves to Death adequately describes our society. So where does faith fit? Where does God fit? And most importantly where does Jesus fit in this story?

Bible passage: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11

Pastor: Ben Peletier



Prayer Point

Posted 21 February 2017, 9:35 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

To our faithful pray-er,

Margaret Burnes’ sister, Lorraine, has been diagnosed with an aggressive tumour in her brain. She is undergoing a biopsy today (21st) to determine the cancer and treatment plan. This is a tough time for Lorraine (and her husband Ross), along with Margaret and Bevan, as they are all in shock. Please uphold these people in your prayers. Margaret says they have committed her to the Lord and are trusting him, but would appreciate prayers that they might stay strong. Lorraine and Ross are members of Birkdale Baptist Church.

Jim

 



5pm service: Ten Words: RESPECT

Posted 15 February 2017, 1:59 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The idea of honouring your parents seems a little out of touch in 2017. Surely they should be honouring us! While that is what the world might spin it's not what the Bible describes for us. This week, focusing in on the stories of Jonathan, David and Saul, we will consider what this command looks like for us today, realising that its reach is well beyond the confines of the family home. 

Bible Passage: Exodus 20:12

Pastor: Ben Peletier

 



9am service: The Search for Meaning

Posted 15 February 2017, 9:52 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The opening verses of Ecclesiastes sounds a little depressing…Meaningless! Meaningless! Everything is Meaningless. Well, it’s supposed to be.  Solomon is simply voicing what each of us have probably felt at some time. In the routine of life, you wake up?  You take a shower, brush your teeth, eat your breakfast, get in your car, drive to work, work, drive home, watch TV, go to bed, and do it all over again.  Have you ever stopped and said ‘what is the meaning of it all?’ That’s what Solomon is doing in these verses. Perhaps the most terrifying conclusion would be that of Solomon, ‘everything is meaningless’. That everything we feel and experience, work and strive to accomplish end up in futility. Ecclesiastes portrays this in a most realistic way and that, apart for God, everything is futile. This is where we will start our series on Ecclesiastes.

Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 1:1-18

Pastor: Jim de Witte



5pm service: Ten Words: REST

Posted 8 February 2017, 11:12 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Does the idea of the Sabbath day mean anything to us today? Should it? For some people in the church, the sabbath is a strict necessity, for others, it means absolutely nothing! What are we to do or think about this controversial command and how does the New Testament and the life of Jesus change how we understand it? The sabbath is possibly the most ignored command of the 10 and yet it might just be the one we need most today in our culture.

Bible Passage: Exodus 20:8-11

Pastor: Ben Peletier

 



9am service: Stewardship of Relationships

Posted 8 February 2017, 11:11 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Relationships are tricky. Each of us have relationships of different kinds, whether they be marital, family, friendships, work relationships, folks you volunteer with, people on a sports team, etc. But the bottom line is that we all experience relationships with others, and sometimes these relationships are messy and complicated and painful. Yet we can’t flourish without them. That’s because our God is a God of relationships. After God created Adam, He said, “It is not good for man to be alone.” Obviously, God cares about relationships. The Ten Commandments is about relationships, with God and each other. Jesus summed up all Ten Commandments in two commandments (Mt. 22:37-40). Since God created us as relational beings we must wrestle through our stewardship of those relationships; thinking about how to initiate, maintain, and promote them for God’s glory. We do this because God cares about us and he cares about the way we get along. But in the end, I am responsible for my relationship with God… AND, I’m responsible for my relationships with those around me. I should not only be seeking God’s good, but also seek the wellbeing of others.

Bible Passage: Romans 12:19-21

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



5pm service: Ten Words: HONOUR

Posted 1 February 2017, 9:04 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

You shall not take the Lords name in vein. Seems simple enough. Don't blaspheme and you can tick this one off. But what is the purpose of this command? Is it to stop us from swearing in God's name or is there something more significant at work? While it's true that using any of God's many names in a trite way is wrong and offensive to God there is myriad of other ways that we can drag God's name through the mud. Every single one of us breaks this command all the time. But do we even care?

Bible Passage: Exodus 20:7

Pastor: Ben Peletier

 

 



9am service: Stewardship of Money

Posted 1 February 2017, 9:02 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Forbes recently released its list of the 50 richest people in the world. As you look over the list you realise that someone is missing. Who? God! What God owns makes Bill Gates look like a pauper. His holdings extend as far as the universe. The Bible says that there is no one and no thing that does not belong to Him. That means that his possessions include you and me, our life, our strength, our times, our talents and our money. If that is true, we need to think through how we handle the things that God has then entrusted to us. We have been thinking about some of those things over the past couple of weeks and today we get to tackle the issue of money. More specifically, how we wisely steward the money that God has entrusted to us.

Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

 Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



5pm service: Ten Words: IMAGE

Posted 25 January 2017, 10:23 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Last week we saw that we have a choice, a choice between the God of the bible and every other 'god' that the world has to offer. Step one is making that right choice. Step two is understanding how we worship this God. While we may think that in the western world we have rid ourselves of religious idols the opposite is actually true. In many ways, we are worse than any other people group in history because our idols are everywhere! And the church is just as bad.

Bible Passage: Exodus 20: 4-6

Pastor: Ben Peletier



9am service: Stewardship of Talents

Posted 25 January 2017, 10:21 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

One of the most frequent questions directed at psychologists, guidance councilors, parents, pastors and many others is: 'what am I supposed to do with my life?' Somewhat ironically, in a world with seemingly limitless options and an era of history in which choice abounds more than ever this question has become commonplace. Statistics show a great deal of confusion or lack of motivation when it comes to selecting and practicing a life-long vocation consistently and with perseverance. Christians do not escape this phenomenon and need to ask themselves the question: what does God want me to do with my life? Is there something in my faith that informs - or transforms - my vocation in life? On Sunday morning we'll look at some principles from Scripture that speak to this issue.       

Bible Passge: Matthew 25:14-30

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



9am service: Stewardship of Time

Posted 18 January 2017, 9:35 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

This week we begin a new series about Stewardship. How do you manage the resources that God has given you? What things take priority and what parts of your life do you pass by. Over the next four weeks, we are going to consider four of the most important resources that God blesses us with. This week we are considering how we use time, one of the most difficult resources to manage. How do you steward the time that God has given you.

Bible Passage: Psalm 90

Pastor: Ben Peletier

 



Damien Watson Thanksgiving Service

Posted 17 January 2017, 1:24 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Please join us for a service of Thanksgiving and Celebration for the life of Damien Watson on Thursday 19th January 2017. Commencing at 2pm, at  Redland's Christian Reformed Church, cnr Delancey and Sturgeon Streets, Ormiston.

Family and friends are encouraged to wear a splash of orange as this was Damien’s favourite colour.

 



Damien Watson

Posted 17 January 2017, 1:18 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

For those who may not yet have heard, our friend and brother in Christ, Damien Watson, passed away Friday evening after his battle with cancer.

 



5pm service: Christmas Carols Evening

Posted 14 December 2016, 10:00 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

5pm Sausage Sizzle

6pm Carols

We hope you can join us to celebrate this very special time of year!!

Free ice cream and drinks afterwards.

 



9am service: The Voice

Posted 14 December 2016, 9:52 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Mary was told the child she would have was going to be the Saviour. Her response was a song of praise. Zechariah was told that he, in his old age, was having a son who would tell of the coming Saviour. His response, after a time of being mute, was to praise God. Today we step a little later into the story when we meet ‘The Voice’ preparing the way for the coming Saviour. And John prepares the way by proclaiming God’s message. His message is that the people need to repair their lives and prepare for Christ’s coming. He does this by calling the people to repent and be baptized. But why do we look at this poem about John? Because, as someone has said, the path of the incarnation passes through John on the way to Bethlehem’s manger. So, while Christmas is a time of joy and celebration, it is also a time of reflection of the words of the angels, shepherds, and the whole story. Word which talk about the salvation offered to humanity through the atonement of Jesus on the cross. It is a time to reflect on your own salvation.

Bible Passage: Luke 3:1-18

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



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