Greetings Te Haahi Weteriana, tena koutou katoa,
Oh how loved are we!
"Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, not anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 8: 35-39
These days we have all had to experience some type of disconnect from people and places. Whether it is a separation from the work place of from the classroom or from friends and family. It has been an ordeal, to say the least. For many there has been the very difficult situation of being apart from loved ones who are sick. We have likely all seen the heart-breaking images of individuals keeping their distance and looking in on a family member or friends through a window – so as not to potentially spread any disease or get it from someone else.
For believers, separation from others in the family of faith has its own difficulties too. We draw special strength from gathering together in the Name of Jesus (see 1 Thessalonians 5: 10-11; Hebrews 10: 24-25; Colossians 3: 16).
In the Apostles' Creed, we speak of "the holy Christian church, the communion of saints," which gives us spiritual uplift and fellowship with one another. You may have noticed in your own life how the recent suspension of church services has impacted your faith in some ways. How good it is to know that there is nothing that can come between Jesus and His love for us. Whatever life brings our way-trials, persecution, a worldwide virus-we are secure in God's embracing and unchangeable love for God's people. God has made that plainly known to us by sending The Son to save us from our sins. Jesus came specifically to bridge the distance that separated us from God. Having taken on our flesh and blood, God entered our world for the sole purpose of bringing us back to our God so that, never again, will we be separated from God.
As we continue to deal with the persistent threat of this virus all be it in less seriousness than other countries, may we lay hold of the riches God has given to us. God has reconciled us to Himself (see 2 Corinthians 5:18); God has given us all things we need to live a godly life (see 2 Peter 1:3); and God promises to be with us always (see Hebrews 13:5). These are the things God has done for us, God's children, people who can in no way be separated from the God who loves them.
'Ofa atu fau, Nga mihi nui.
Setaita and Nicola
|Congratulations Rev Kalolo Fihaki
We offer our congratulations to Rev Kalolo Fihaki on being awarded the Queen Service Medal for services to the Tongan community. Kalolo is the Convenor of Vahefonua Tonga Methodist Mission Charitable Trust which provides social services in Auckland's Tongan community. He leads the annual Vahefonua Education and Training Expo for Tongan youth in West Auckland. Prior to entering ministry, he helped establish Auckland's Tonga Health Society and the Pacific NIU FM radio station as well as working as a Senior Advisor for the Ministry of Pacific Peoples. It is for this work that he has been awarded the QSM.
Prayer For This Week
Prayer for this week
God, the source of light and hope,
In your grace we thank you for your love,
Which guides us through storm and calm.
Illumine our course,
Inspire our vision
And ignite our passion
For your service,
In Jesus Christ our Lord.
From Prayers for all occasions, Ian Black