Sunday 17 May, 2020

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Activity for children and families for downloading here.

Nau Mai! Welcome!

Mōrena, and welcome to Papanui@Home! We thank God that by his Spirit, we the body of Christ are being united to one another even now as we worship this morning in separate places.

“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honour and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”—Rev 4:11

Song: “Come People of the Risen King”

Recording by Keith and Kristyn Getty | Video available in the YouTube playlist, lyrics below

Come, people of the Risen King,
Who delight to bring Him praise;
Come all and tune your hearts to sing
To the Morning Star of grace.
From the shifting shadows of the earth
We will lift our eyes to Him,
Where steady arms of mercy reach
To gather children in.

Rejoice, Rejoice! Let every tongue rejoice!
One heart, one voice; O Church of Christ, rejoice!

Come, those whose joy is morning sun,
And those weeping through the night;
Come, those who tell of battles won,
And those struggling in the fight.
For His perfect love will never change,
And His mercies never cease,
But follow us through all our days
With the certain hope of peace.

Come, young and old from every land –
Men and women of the faith;
Come, those with full or empty hands –
Find the riches of His grace.
Over all the world, His people sing –
Shore to shore we hear them call
The Truth that cries through every age:
“Our God is all in all”

Today’s Theme

In today’s service we’re exploring the theme of finding our identity in Christ, and not letting our circumstances define us. Today is all about remembering who we are, by coming into contact with the One to whom we belong.

“It is my conviction that our heavenly Father says the same to us every day: ‘My dear child, you must remember who you are.’”—John Stott

“God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’”—Acts 17:27-28

Song: “Good Good Father”

Recording by Casting Crowns | Video available in the YouTube playlist, lyrics below.

Oh, I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think You’re like
But I’ve heard the tender whisper of love in the dead of night
And You tell me that You’re pleased and that I am never alone, ’cause

You’re a good, good Father
It’s who You are
It’s who You are
It’s who You are
And I’m loved by You
It’s who I am
It’s who I am
It’s who I am

And I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all searching for answers only You provide
‘Cause You know just what we need before we can say a word

You’re perfect in all of Your ways
You’re perfect in all of Your ways
You’re perfect in all of Your ways to us

Love so undeniable, I can hardly speak
Peace so unexplainable, I can hardly think
As You call me, deeper still
As You call me, deeper still
As You call me, deeper still into love, love, love

Practicing Detachment

Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.—Col 3:3-4 (The Message)

As part of remembering our identity in Christ, it’s important we also relinquish the false self.

“Somewhere life taught us that our true self wasn’t welcome or safe or wanted. Consequently, we learned to hide our true self. In its place we constructed a false self. The false self strives to cobble together an identity from secondary things: reputation, success, status, family, jobs, health.”—Adele Ahlberg Calhoun

And so, the false self needs to be relinquished. We need to detach from the idols that vie for our attention, that we can be attached to our true identity in Christ.

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”—Gal 2:20

  • For 2 minutes, walk through your home, and in your mind give all you have to God. Tell him that you could live without the things you see.


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Please join us in giving thanks to God for the offering.

Scripture reading: John 14:15-21

“Signposts” (John 3:1-21)

Devotion by Colleen, includes invitation to the Lord’s Supper.

Song: “Who You Say I Am”

Recording by Hillsong Worship | Video available in the YouTube playlist.
You may like to sing along to this, or to listen in quiet reflection.

Pass the Peace!

As usual, we finish our gatherings by spending time with each other over a cuppa. We encourage you to take the time now to call one or two others and connect.