The Inside Column 25/9

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Good Morning this first day of daylight saving…

Check out the newly launched St Barnabas web site. It is outstanding. A huge amount of time was spent developing it by David’s daughter, Jane Cowdrey. Thank you so much for this amazing effort.

On the site you will find a link to The Peasants Rockquest win and a Video link to “Giants” one of the songs they played for the finals. Clare and I and all the rest of the Peasant parents were there to see their amazing performance and enjoy the success these young people have achieved. All from Garin College, and most of them attend St Barnabas. This is an outstanding achievement to win out over 800 other groups that competed nationwide and then to top the final six. Congratulations to “The Peasants”.

I also took my nieces wedding last Friday. As my family has an Orthodox background, we inserted into the service the Crowning Ceremony, exchange of the common cup and the “Dance of Isaiah”, a dance of joy where the couple are led around the altar three times. Here is a brief description:

The wedding crowns joined by a ribbon are placed on the bride and groom’s head. Ephesians 5:21-32 is read (an unusual passage for weddings) encouraging unconditional love & support of one another. The drinking from a common cup signifies the sharing of a common life together. The circle represents eternal marriage, for a circle has neither a beginning nor an end.

Speaking of Orthodoxy, have you caught up with the Icon style painting of Jesus as a rugby player? Go to: Jesus as an All Black. Don Little painted it after wondering whether rugby had become the new religion in a country that had turned away from the faith. He may be right but not according to Brad Thorn, Fijian captain Deacon Manu, Black fern Doris Taufateau, Scottish prop Euan Murray and others who have shared their testimonies in the Luke’s Gospel “Godzone” published to coincide with the Rugby World Cup.

As the focus of the sermon is on Jesus this week, this is what Brad Thorn said:
“I had money , a car, a house – I thought all these things would make me happy . But once I got there and got all these things, I still felt unfulfilled. I felt empty….. It was only when I put my faith in Jesus that life changed for me.”

Edrick

The Inside Column 18/9

Posted in: The Inside Column- Sep 19, 2011 No Comments

At the last two Vestry meetings we have been discussing ways to raise funds for the work of the Parish. We asked you to pledge money and we have received $9,000, almost half of what we need. We asked you to give us your small change each month. Almost $100 in change was given for September. Thank-you for your generosity.

The fair is coming up in in 4 weeks time. Please help us by promoting this event. Ask neighbours if they have goods they want to give to the White Elephant and encourage them to come to the fair.

Another fundraising idea raised at Vestry by Anne Egan (thank-you Anne!) was a movie fundraiser. The first of these is Holy Roller. Made in Christchurch just prior to the September quake, it is an uplifting comedy-drama both written and co-produced by Australian actor, Angus Benfield. The film stars Angus Benfield, Mark Hadlow, Simon Barnett and a cameo by Jason Gunn. Holy Roller has been selected for 5 international film festivals.

The Story…A shepherd without a flock, Pastor Luke struggles to attract a single congregant to his rural services. Moving to the city in search of work, he stumbles across feisty musician, Kate, and her brother, Simon, a debt-ridden nightclub owner whom he revives from a near-fatal overdose. Simon is inspired by this ‘miracle’ to transform his nightclub into a church, using Luke as its preacher. With some musical assistance from Kate, the church flourishes, fulfilling Luke’s dream of cleaning up the streets and making a real difference to the community. Meanwhile, some of the city’s denizens are not so pleased with the dwindling levels of vice on the streets. Bowing to underworld pressure, Simon must betray Luke, delivering him into the hands of arch-crime boss, Mr Rothschild. Now Luke will face his ultimate test…

Starting at 3.30pm at the Suter Cinema with afternoon tea, we have ‘Pastor Luke’ (Angus Benfield) at the screening. Angus will introduce the movie and share about his faith at the end.

This is an ideal opportunity to bring the friends and un-churched to see and hear the gospel in action.

We have 159 seats available at $20 Buy tickets from the office or in the foyer after services.

For more info visit the movie website:
http://www.theholyrollermovie.com/

 

Yours in Christ

Philip

Peasants win first place in Rockquest

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Some of the members of the St Barnabas worship team are in the Nelson band The Peasants. Students of Garin College, they won the Smokefreerockquest on Saturday 17 September 2011. a year after they took second place as an earlier incarnation of the band The Peasants of Eden. The group took the honour in Hamilton. The judges commented that the Peasants had a presence far beyond their years. and were impressed by the voice of lead singer Georgia Nott. The band wins a NZ on Air new recording and music video grant worth 10 thousand dollars, a place on the NZ On Air Kiwi Hit Disc, musical gear to the value of 10 thousand dollars, plus recording time and radio promotional support for a single. Check them out in this video of their song “Giants”.

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