CHURCH NEWS - April 2019
God is in Complete Control
Jesus said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. Luke 24:25-27 (NIV)
Leading up to Easter this year I have had the privilege to share the Easter story with a number of kids with my work at school and church And one of the questions that keep coming up, for both me and the kids, is how could this all happen? Was God really in control?
From the surface it looked like Jesus' death was just a dark, dark in the Jewish and Roman systems. An Innocent man was framed and killed, all because the Jewish leaders jealous of him and were scared that he their followers away from thew. Jesus seemed to be a pawn in a political game of chess. For both the Jewish leaders and for Pilate, at the end of the day his death if it meant stability and keeping political power, then it was worth it.
Yet, as I spent more time thinking about the Easter story, the more and more it struck me that Jesus died, not because he was the innocent victim of political power games but because it was all part of God's glorious plan for salvation.
As Jesus walked along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus with two of his followers on that first Easter Sunday evening, he opened their eyes and showed them exactly that, that his death and resurrection were part of God's great plan.
This Easter, as we remember and celebrate how Jesus death and resurrection enables us to come into a perfect relationship with God, let us also remember that God is always in control. Just as God was in control at that first Easter. He has a plan, a good and perfect plan, which will never be defeated.
Grace and peace from Marcus
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Sunday 5 May - Elders Meeting
There will be an Elders Meeting on Sunday 5 May. Please continue to pray for our Elders.
Saturday 11 May - Riverstone Festival
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Saturday 25 May - Mission Night
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Are you feeling stuck in your life? Is there something that you have always wanted to achieve but have not had the will, vision or resolve to make it happen? Perhaps coaching might help. What is coaching? Coaching is helping others to define their vision and clarify their goals and create action plans. Over a few years now I have attended coaching courses and read books on coaching but till this point I have had little opportunity to use these skills? So I guess I am looking to put these skills into practice. "But why would I come to you- what have you achieved," you might ask. A tad rudely I might say- but perhaps a legitimate objection. Well because coaching is not about getting advice from a guru.(which I am not) but it is a client centred approach to identifying problems and goals and working with you on developing action plans that you actually follow through with to bring real change to you life. So why not give it a try. What kind of commitment would it involve- I would suggest 3-5 1 hour fortnightly sessions. Of course- this would be free (part of my pastoral role here) but if you are wanting to pay (some say it helps people to be committed if they do so) there is an option to donate $20 a session to the church here at Riverstone. (Contact Marcus)
Regular Ministries of our Church
Children's Ministries - Play Date, The Ark, WAVES, JAM Time
Stone Fish Youth - Years 6-12, Friday nights, 7-9pm at the church
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