Dear church,
This week, one of our own, Pastor Roelof celebrated his 40th Birthday!! We pray that he had a wonderful day, and it is truly an honour and privilege to serve alongside of him.

And birthdays are often a time to be still and reflect on what has gone on in the previous year, as we are reminded of God’s hand of blessing working in all and through all to where we are today.

But we also stand on those days looking towards the future, and what God has in store for us to come.

 And if Pastor Roelof was to look back, and not to put words in his mouth, but I imagine that he probably hasn’t had a year like the previous one. Indeed, if any of us were to look back on the first half of 2020, we would say that this is not what we were expecting, let along even thinking about preparing for. I mean, who would have thought that we would be worshipping at Easter from our lounge chairs, maybe some people even in their pyjamas!

But what about the future? What about what is next?

Here we are, still in the middle of a pandemic of COVID-19, and we are wondering what might the second half of the year bring for us?

 Each person will have made sense of the first half of the year from a position of your own narrative. So the reminder of the past two weeks to ‘Be Still & Know’ is an opportunity for each of us to reflect and look forward, and maybe ask ourselves questions like: 

What have been the positives over the past few months?

  • What have we missed?
  • What are some things that have stopped happening, that we don’t mind have stopped happening?
  • What are some things that we think need to happen in the future?
  • Are there ways we can continue to connect with our local community?
  • How can we use this opportunity to love God, love our neighbour and go and make disciples?

As you are still, and spend time reflecting on the past, and looking forward to the future, know that Christ has been, and will continue to be with you no matter what has been, and no matter what comes next for you individually, or for us as a church community, and I look forward to embracing (in every sense of the word) that future that God has in store for us together.

In His service,
Pastor Ben Hentschke

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