HBC Elders Update – January 2015

The elders at HBC would like to inform you on a number of important matters in the life and ministry of our church.

Search for an Interim Pastor

The elders are presently following some strong leads for an interim pastor who will fill the position of a Senior Pastor (temporarily) until a new one is found. This takes the pressure off the church and helps things run smoothly after Peter has gone. Please pray that the Lord provides the right individual who will be a good fit for HBC, maintaining its biblical integrity and high view of God. The elders intend bringing this individual to a members meeting as soon as one is found.

Search for new Senior Pastor

A special members meeting is scheduled on Feb. 1st for the approval of a call committee comprising of the elders plus 3 church members (see bulletin announcement). The church has already received two enquiries for this position so the elders are keen to get underway with this as soon as possible.

Jonathan’s resignation

Jonathan Macfarlane, an assistant pastor here at HBC submitted a letter of resignation to the elders at the end of 2014. His plan is not to seek another full-time ministry role at present but instead take some time out with his family and move down to Wellington and become part of a church family he knows well there. Jonathan (and Lauren) will be greatly missed; he has served faithfully at HBC over the past 7 or more years in a number of ministry roles. Their last Sunday with us will be February 1st.

Meeting with Parents of teens

There will be a meeting for all parents of teens re. HBC Youth ministry on Sunday Jan. 25th following the morning service. The purpose of this meeting is to hear from parents what might be best for 2015 (considering we will be starting without a Youth Pastor). The elders, in conjunction with Peter and Jonathan also have some options they would like to offer.

Please be in prayer for the elders and the matters that are at hand as well as for the future of HBC. Ask the Lord to lead and guide our congregation into his perfect will. He is the Great Shepherd and is able to do what no man can.

Peter Somervell, Ian Lange-Smith, Roger Alexander and Chris Wade

New song: Not in Me (Luke 18:9-14)

What would it sound like for the Pharisee in Luke 18:9-14 to repent?

We sang this song by Eric Schumacher and David Ward for the first time on Sunday following Jono Macfarlane’s sermon on the same text.

The Pharisee’s prayer begins proclaiming what he has not done, with a list of people he is “not like”. So, repentance must be renouncing such boasts before God. In the end, the repenting Pharisee’s prayer is the same as the tax collector’s. Ultimately, whether for a Pharisee or a tax-collector, there is only one Gospel, one hope of salvation. God shows mercy to sinners, self-righteous or self-loathing, on the basis of Christ crucified and risen. In the end, neither can earn his forgiveness or merit a standing. We’re both the tax collector and the Pharisee. One moment, we are wallowing in our sin, relenting of any hope due to the greatness of our evil. The next moment, we are boasting of our own righteousness and finding comfort in our external goodness and self-control. We need songs that preach the Gospel to us in and lift us out of the ditches on both sides of the road.

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Preparing for Gathered Worship: 21 December 2014

Find out more about this week’s message, Bible passages, songs we’ll be singing, and how you can prepare to join us this Sunday as we worship God together.

SUNDAY MORNING

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This Sunday marks the fourth week of the Advent season. Advent literally means “coming” or “arrival” and it’s a time when Christians around the world reflect on the reasons for Jesus’ first arrival in this world, but also express a desire for his second coming.

During our 9:30am service, Peter Somervell will give a message titled, “Christmas in Eden”. He explains more below:

When we are thinking about bible passages that are relevant at Christmas we tend to go to Matthew 1 or the opening chapters of Luke’s gospel. We like to read of Joseph and Mary and the Shepherds and the Magi. And that is good and right as far as it goes. But the message of Christmas has its beginnings much earlier than that. In fact, the first promise of Christmas appears all the way back in Genesis 3:15, just after Adam and Eve rebelled.

Theologians call it the “protoevangelium” – the first gospel. These words spoken by God contain the first great promise of redemption in the Bible. Everything else flows from it. Spurgeon called this verse “the sum and summary of the whole bible.” Although we don’t see it at first glance, Christ is in this verse. He is the ultimate seed of the woman who would one day crush Satan’s head. In the process his “heel” would be bruised on the cross.

These word would be fulfilled 1000’s of years later at a place called Calvary outside the city walls of Jerusalem. But all that was in the future when God spoke these words. Today we are going see their significance and learn why they give us such hope and in a broken and messy world.

Here’s what else we’ll be doing this Sunday:

 

You’re most welcome to join us!

 

SUNDAY EVENING

This Sunday we will be having an evening of Christmas Carolling. We will meet in the church carpark at 5pm to distribute music and make our plans for transport. Each year, we have the privilege of visiting a number of retirement villages. It is always a great time of fellowship and joy as we minister to others together. So don’t miss out. No particular musical gifts required!

Preparing for Gathered Worship: 14 December 2014

Find out more about this week’s message, Bible passages, songs we’ll be singing, and how you can prepare to join us this Sunday as we worship God together.

SUNDAY MORNING

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This Sunday marks the third week of the Advent season. Advent literally means “coming” or “arrival” and it’s a time when Christians around the world reflect on the reasons for Jesus’ first arrival in this world, but also express a desire for his second coming. 

During our 9:30am service, our Sunday School will be presenting a play titled “Christmas on Credit”. Peter Somervell will give a short Christmas message following the play.

Here’s what else we’ll be doing this Sunday:

 

You’re most welcome to join us!

 

SUNDAY EVENING

Evening services are currently in recess – but next Sunday we will be doing some Christmas carolling from 5pm (more details next week)

Preparing for Gathered Worship: 7 December 2014

Find out more about this week’s message, Bible passages, songs we’ll be singing, and how you can prepare to join us this Sunday as we worship God together.

SUNDAY MORNING

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This Sunday marks the second week of the Advent season. Advent literally means “coming” or “arrival” and it’s a time when Christians around the world reflect on the reasons for Jesus’ first arrival in this world, but also express a desire for his second coming. 

During our 9:30am service, we will be formally commissioning Darnelle Richardson to serve as a full-time missionary in Ecuador. Shashi Christian from Serving in Mission (SIM) New Zealand will be preaching a sermon titled: “Missional Partnership: What Jesus Wants You To Know As You Go”. The following Scriptures will be read:

  • Matthew 28:18-20
  • Mark 16:15-18
  • Luke 24:44-46
  • John 20:21-22
  • Acts 1:8

After the message, Shashi, the elders and the Missions Team will lead the church in praying for Darnelle as she prepares to be an ambassador for the Gospel as an overseas missionary.

Here’s what else we’ll be doing this Sunday:

(Note: Peter will be away this weekend but back for next Sunday).

 

You’re most welcome to join us!

 

SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Evening services are currently in recess.