I hope its been warm enough for you this week – we’ve been amazed at the difference the temperature has made when we are out walking the dog – the number of cicada’s is stunning, and their noise impressive!

This week has been Waitangi Day, and we’ve remembered many things from the past – both good and bad, and the need to work hard together as a country to live together in a good way.  This Sunday we are continuing looking at Nehemiah in Chapter 5.  Here we see a challenge for each of us in how we live together – both as church family and as a community.  The willingness to work together and sort out things that aren’t right, upset or hurt us is difficult and we need God’s grace, humility and forgiveness to do that well.  I pray that we will listen carefully to God, and let his Holy Spirit transform us to be more like Jesus.

Last week we had a day of prayer and fasting, and one of the words that came from that was of St Augustine’s being a church from which living waters flow.  It’s not the first time I’ve heard that so I think this is something for us all to continue to pray over, and discern its meaning.  There is lots of imagery of water and streams in the Bible  – with Jesus saying that anyone who was thirsty should come to him. Let’s pray and listen to God.

In the ARK this term we are looking at the I AM statements of Jesus – and it is good as we study Nehemiah to remember who Jesus is and the unchanging nature of God.  Hopefully, each week the youngsters will teach us something new too!

After the eleven sharp today we are having a shared lunch for the congregation – part of the way we are demonstrating hospitality to one another and sharing our lives.  We’ll have the BBQ lit so if you want to bring something to cook and share please do!

This evening at 7pm we have a harp concert, supporting the work of FEBC (Far East Broadcasting) – it promises to be a great time – please come and support it.

Finally, there are a number of people in our community who are ill; please pray for them, and if you are able visit them.

With peace and blessings

Matthew