The Inside Column 23/9

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshiping Him. Please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Last week we started a new series out of the Book Nehemiah…

The book of Nehemiah opens in the Persian city of Susa in the year 444 BC. Later that year, Nehemiah traveled to Israel, leading the third of three returns by the Jewish people following their seventy years of exile in Babylon. Most of the book centres on events in Jerusalem. The narrative concludes around the year 430 BC, and scholars believe the book was written shortly thereafter.

Nehemiah was a layman, not a priest like Ezra nor a prophet like Malachi. He served the Persian king in a secular position before leading a group of Jews to Jerusalem in order to rebuild the city walls.

Under Nehemiah’s leadership, the Jews withstood opposition and came together to accomplish their goal. Nehemiah led by example, giving up a respected position in a palace for hard labour in a politically insignificant district. He partnered with Ezra, who also appears in this book, to solidify the political and spiritual foundations of the people. He did not claim glory for himself but always gave God the credit for his successes.

Last week in chapter one we read Nehemiah’s response to the problem of what had happened to his people.

When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.

     – Nehemiah 1:4 

Nehemiah was broken. Today we see what he started to do with this brokenness…


Church Garage Sale 27 October 2018

It is just over a month until our Church Garage Sale. So if you have anything that you are wanting to clean out of the house or garage (please no old tv’s or broken things) then you can start bringing items to the church hall.

Clergy Conference 8 – 9 October 2018 Lake Rotoiti

There is a list of items needed for the Clergy Conference in the foyer. This is a fundraiser for the Church. If you can provide items on the list or some baking, please indicate on the list so we don’t end up with lots of one thing.

Bex and Ian Hussy are heading up the kitchen and the catering so if you would like to help of donate something bigger, like a 10kg bag of potatoes give them a call. Here are their contact details: Ian 021 059 8655 and Bec 021 065 9023


Yours in Christ




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