Kia ora church whānau

Today many of our church have headed back to school and tertiary education as students and teachers, meaning a return to routine for some of our families. We’re praying for you as you adjust this week to the new learning and teaching format, asking that there would be unexpected gains even as we count the cost of what’s been lost. That’s a question we’re starting to ask ourselves as we enter our final week of level four lock-down and await government updates about the next step: what has Jesus been inviting us toward in these strange times? What have we gained in our time at home that we want to bring with us into the new normal? For example, we’ve been driving less and walking more; our lives have been simplified, and there’s been more room for us to connect with God and one another. Without diminishing the loss that Covid-19 has brought us, and without underestimating the challenges that lie ahead, what has Jesus taught you in this time that’s worth preserving? How will you be different because of it?

On Sunday we’ll return to our series through Philippians, sharing the lock-down experience with Paul in prison and receiving his wisdom. This week, I’m going to be running a Zoom Sunday worship service at 10am for anyone who might like to join me. I’ll still send out the Papanui@Home email to everyone, but some of you may like to connect in this way and go through the service together. If you’d like to join me for that, please send an email to office@papbap.org.nz and we can send you the Zoom invitation (for privacy purposes I’ve not included it here). Don’t worry—Zoom isn’t too scary! We can help you through it if you like. We look forward to hearing from you.

Nāku nā
Elliot