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Wednesday, 7.00pm

The Story So Far

In the first half of 2016, a small group from St Matthew's church began praying what could be the most dangerous prayer in all of the Bible: ‘Lord not my will be done, but yours’.

Soon after we did that, a young couple (Vijay and Shirley) joined our group and we learnt that due to work commitments on Sunday they could not attend our public worship on that day. For some time the Elders (Vestry) at St Matt's had been talking about offering another church service midweek and as we talked and prayed we believed God was inviting us to shift our small group down to the Hope Centre and open our group up to more people.  We had been meeting at Stu and Mary’s house but space was limited there. And so Mid-week Church was born!

 

Blessings

During this time of intentional prayer, Stu had been preaching through the book of Revelation, focusing on the 7 churches in chapters 2 & 3. The introduction to this book (Revelation 1:3) and a number of conversations around God’s blessing has lead us to believe that a central purpose of Mid-Week church is to ‘announce the blessing of God’. “From the House of the Lord, we bless you” Psalm 118:26. Central to our understanding of blessing is the truth that God blesses us to be a blessing to others (cf. Abraham’s story Genesis 12:1-3).  In other words we feel called to pronounce this blessing on you and others.

 

Theology

We believe that all of life is in some way defined by our relationship with God who has revealed himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit- the Trinity. As such our life makes most sense when it has a Trinitarian shape of: worship, mission and holiness. We worship the Father in all his glory, we follow Jesus in his mission to reconcile all of creation to the Father and the agent of love who enables all this is the Holy Spirit who is recreating us into a new and holy life.

The church is God’s community who are committed to God in loving,

Intentional, relational discipleship. We think it means following Jesus in trusting obedience.

 

All Nations 

The initial small group of leaders who met included: a couple of Africans, a couple of Indians, an English woman, a few Kiwis and a couple of Koreans. So we are a pretty mixed up ethnic bunch (in more ways than one!) and we see this mix as central to God’s plan of going to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20) .


Growth/ Multiplication

Whenever God’s blessing is poured out, in scripture and today, we observe that the kingdom of God gets extended. Growth of various kinds (spiritual, numerical, relational) seems to miraculously happen. We expect that will be the case for midweek church. We expect that you will grow in wonderful ways and we expect our little congregation will grow and multiply. That seems to be what we see most often in the New Testament. As such once our fellowship grows to around 50 people, we will be looking to multiply into two smaller groups of 25. One will locate to another venue and continue to announce God’s blessing in that part of the world that God leads them. That’s a bit harder than staying put with the same people, but our prayer will continue to be ‘not my will be done, but yours Lord Jesus’.

 

Style and Practice

Mid-week Church is something of a combination of a church service and a small group. We meet around tables and share stuff that’s been going on (both the good and bad) and we will also sing songs to God and hear scripture read and discussed. At the heart of our community is this burning desire to be faithful to Jesus’ command to love one another because he has loved us (John 13:34-35). We take the Bible seriously and trust in the Holy Spirit’s leading. This means things are pretty relaxed and informal but we appreciate the prayers of the church that have been handed on to us and will pray some very old prayers and embrace the new. 

 

 

Why Not Join Us?

Some of us have grown up in the church and some of us had led pretty wayward lives until God’s grace and truth got a hold of us and called us home. We would love to share the blessings of God with you.

Why not join us next Wednesday and experience the love of God for yourself, firsthand?  Our first service will be 3rd August 2016. God bless you, from the Mid-week church team. 

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