|Posted on 22 February, 2018 at 20:15||comments (62)|
I have asked a fair few people over the years if they would mind if I prayed for them. People from lots of different backgrounds, that is. And only a few have ever said no. So I was really listening carefully this week when people around the world reacted to a President's response of "our thoughts and prayers are with you." I have seen God do some wonderful things in prayer- people have been changed,...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 18 February, 2018 at 4:20||comments (0)|
Churches historically are lovers of parks... a place for sack races and Sunday School picnics. It's a place all ages can be together in a less formal space. Church on the Hill, however, is not running a Sunday School picnic in the park. We are coming together to worship the living God. And it is not a lack of creativity on our part, it is a very deliberate move to remind ourselves and others who we are and how we engage in worship and community together. Here's why we decided it was a good id...Read Full Post »
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|Posted on 19 February, 2017 at 18:50||comments (0)|
I was thinking this morning about "fishing and feasting". It was a rhythm we had in church for 6 months last year, which we have not continued into this year. But these two things are still really at the heart of being God's people. So we haven't stopped fishing or feasting. Or to be more honest, as soon as we stop fishing and feasting, we stop being a community who is about the kingdom of God, we stop being God's people following after Him. I know, pretty full on hey! It doesn't mean, by the...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 2 February, 2017 at 19:45||comments (0)|
I had a little revelation about one of our core values today. We aim as a church to be "Jesus Destined". That really means Jesus is where we are going. And sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking and believing that Jesus is the vehicle to the place that we are going, not the vehicle and the destination. So our destination can actually be "peace", or "forgiveness".
Those are great things, but they are benefits of Christ, not the destination. And if...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 18 January, 2017 at 5:55||comments (0)|
Church on the Hill has just moved from a Monday gathering to a Sunday gathering. We have shifted 26.5 hours back in the week, and maybe you need to know the story. Our son Xavier says we have sold out. "Everyone else meets on a Sunday, we are becoming just like everyone else!" is what he said. So what's the deal with our 26.5 hour move?
Well, to begin with, the Monday worship time was not about our belief that Monday is sacred. And we weren't trying to be hipsters or conscie...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 14 November, 2016 at 13:45||comments (1)|
In May of 2016 Church on the Hill gathered to pray about how church was going to look in the future. While we loved the journey God had been taking us on up to this point, it was clear a new energy was needed. This is, for better or worse, very normal in the life of a church or any relationship. You cannot move on with only the initial energy, there needs to be a consolidated effort to work on the "marriage" once the "honeymoon" is over. So whilst this was a little scary, it was also exciting...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 16 October, 2015 at 11:40||comments (0)|
So tonight is our last night in PP. Xave, after a later night than usual, has crashed. But I am still up, having one of those times when you swim in thoughts and questions. I'd love these to be questions Christians ask more often in missions or compassionate work. I wish they were things I had more answers to, but I just seem to have questions. None of them dim my belief that God has called us into this, or make my heart weaker. Maybe they just sharpen it because they are the hard details of ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 13 October, 2015 at 10:30||comments (1)|
we were all set to meet Troy Roberts from Raw Impact today at a cafe called Jars of Clay. We met someone who said this was their favourite cafe in PP. thank you Pchum Ben! Cafe closed, but we still met up with Troy and his team.
he took us to an island just off the coast which he calls Gunty's Island, after his pastor friend who lives there. They have just opened a school there, and it looks amazing...again You will have to wait for pics sorry! The school is already full wit...Read Full Post »