On Sunday, Aidan Williams talked about a group that is starting at PBC that’s focused on racial reconciliation, and will be using the resources developed by Be the Bridge. We are embarking on an exciting journey and we are one of the first churches to be doing a Be the Bridge small group in NZ (there is one other in Auckland). I want you to close your eyes and imagine new creation: Who do you see? John the Seer in the book of Revelation described what he saw as, “I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb.” What an incredible picture of what is to come—we’ll each carry our culture and ethnicity into new creation and God will be glorified through the diversified expression of our unified praise. This glimpse into the future provides encouragement for us and gives insight into how we as the people of God also need to be in the present. Jesus taught us to pray “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). We pray that this future reality would also be expressed in our here and now. But how does God bring this heavenly reality to earth when there is so much racial division in this world? We think a good step forward is that we learn how to listen to each other’s experience of the world, we learn how to be more deeply self-aware, and seek to be beacons of reconciliation. More information is to come.

Ngā mihi nui

Sarah and Elliot