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Last week of our Devotion Series: I see you!
We have come to the end of our devotion series that focused us on being aware of the people around us. It is titled: "I see you", and I hope you have been blessed by this series as much as you were challenged.

Why "I See you"?
Because God creates, knows, loves, and sees all of us in our full humanity. But as people, we can fall into the habit of assuming everyone is the same or everyone is like us. While we share a common humanity, these assumptions can be harmful and prevent us from truly seeing other people and listening to their perspectives. By looking at Biblical stories, this series will help us learn how to listen to, respect, affirm, and act for and with others. In doing so, we can also come to know God even more fully.

This week we take a look at how humanity always found ways of dividing people. From race to religion, to even vaccinated status, we have found what divides people so much easier to focus on than that which actually unites us. This week is about being one people before God, created in His image and Loved beyond our comprehension.

Galatians chapter 3:28 and Revelations chapter 7:9-17 are our focus passages. We also look at Philippians 2:4 and 1 Corinthians 10:24 also informs our devotion as we are reminded of the heart of the Gospel.
 

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If you would like to join me for Tuesday morning prayer at 9:15 am, please follow the link below to the ZOOM.US meeting invite. I hope to see you there.

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May God bless us all as we journey together.


Werner

GOOD NEWS!

We share with you the fantastic news that Bill Saunders and Jan Cook got married yesterday at Wainui. It was a wet day, but they had a good (outdoor) picnic with their family as they committed their lives in holy matrimony. 

Congratulations to you both!!!

Ps. There will be a celebration at HCPC when we are allowed to be back at church.
Online Devotion Series: I See You! 4/4, November 14
We are now four weeks into our devotional series titled 'I see you!' The first episode focused on how Jesus listened and responded to the voice of people he met along the journey to Jerusalem. Then we took a look at how Jesus opposed and challenged and even changed cultural practice to ensure people are not kept from God. Then we spend time to remember how important hospitality was in Jesus' ministry and how important it has been throughout all of creation. This week we conclude by allowing our eyes to see people as God sees them. 
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Thoughts for Week 4

What are the things that stop you from taking the steps towards embracing the new and unknown? How can you support others in their desire to do so? Remember that salvation is not a destination but a journey with God and others. Even John, when asked the question by the elder (verses 13-14), said, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” God gives us grace as we journey – especially to say, “I don’t know,” or “Let’s see,” as we embrace the new and unknown.

How can you encourage your church community to celebrate your unity in Christ by honoring the differences (i.e., different people, different languages, different ways of doing ministry, etc.) within your church and wider community?

How would doing so illuminate a fuller picture of God, as well as God in each other? In what ways do you lean on sameness to feel like a community? How can that shift to a celebration of difference in unity?

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