COMING UP:

International Services

3 Sep 10:00 am
Rev Johannes Suwantika

10 Sep 10 am
Rev Johannes Suwantika
                                           
17 Sep 11 am
Combined worship + AGM
Rev Johannes Suwantika

24 Sep 10 am
Rev Johannes Suwantika
                                                         
1 Oct 10 am
Heritage Sunday
Rev Johannes Suwantika
 
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Sunday Service Times:

International Service:
* 10AM St Andrew's

Indonesian Service:
* 12Noon St Andrew's

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Weekly Activities:

Wednesdays 7.30pm 
Prayer Fellowship 

Thursdays 5.30pm 
English Conversational Class & Bible Study

Saturdays 5.00pm 
 Youth Group Fellowship

 

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9:07PM

Are we willing to do the work?

We live in a world where we're expected to specialise in the type of work that we do so that there will be efficiency in our workplace.  Because this is something that is so prevalent, we simply bring this approach into our spiritual and church lives as well.  Whenever we are asked if we would like to be involved in a particular ministry, for many of us, our first response tend to be, "Oh, I don't have the skillset to be able to do this particular ministry."

I was reading the book of Nehemiah, when I came across this verse in Nehemiah 3:8, "Uzziel son of Harhaiah, one of the goldsmiths, repaired the next section; and Hananiah, one of the perfume-makers, made repairs next to that. They restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall."  You see Nehemiah felt called to rebuild Jerusalem and its city wall. So he got everyone who came back to Israel, and those who were already living there  to help him with the task of rebuilding the wall.  Here we see that Uzziel, who is a goldsmith pitched in with the building of the wall.  So did Hananiah, a perfume maker.  We don't see Uzziel saying, "Hang on, my skillset is to make things out of gold.  Ask me to do anything with gold and I will gladly do it.  But building a wall?  Well, what if the wall I build is crooked?"  We don't have any record of him saying that.  What we do have, is a record of his willingness to help with the building of the wall, even though this was not his area of expertise!

So the next time someone taps you on the shoulder and asks you to do a particular ministry, remember Uzziel the goldsmith and Hananiah the perfume maker who were willing to help with the ministry of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem, which clearly was not their area of expertise.

 

Johannes Suwantika

 

 

1:48PM

Fwd: Blog

For the funeral service of well-known singer and entertainer, Les Andrews QSM 20 Oct 1917 - 28 Feb 2014

Les Andrews together with his wife Sonia have been much loved members of St Andrews for many years and Les will be deeply missed. As well as their own contribution as singers, they both made a huge contribution to promoting the arts and supporting artists, singers, and musicians in this country, not to mention their contributions to the early development of television and broadcasting.

Fond tributes were given at the funeral by Les' children and also by well known members of the New Zealand Broadcasting and Entertainment scene, including Ric Carlyon, Max Cryer, Merv Smith, and Everard Otto, WW2 Veteran of the Italian Campaign, and Gary Russell representing the RSA. 

May Les rest in peace!

And may God be with you all.

Rev Dr Murray Gow