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Super Sunday,Rainy Monday

Yesterday was a fantastic day at church, with Baptisms both morning and evening.We observed the minute's silence in memory of those who fought for us in both past and present wars. Then Simon talked about "Remembering". The pile of stones was a visual memorial for the Israelites after Joshua led them to cross the Jordan . In the same way, Baptsim is a memorial for us - remembering our own salvation. It was so exciting to hear people's stories of how they have become Christians, and how that ongoing relationship is changing and growing them. I know that as I listen to their journeys, my faith grows and my expectation of what God can do in us increases. There's nothing quite like seeing changed lives; and serving a God who is actively working today. It's brilliant to have these people in our Church community - even more brilliant that we are having new people join us all the time. Last night Ben Oliver took us to the story in Luke of the Prodigal Son Luke 15 v 20 .."But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him." - such a beautiful picture that our Father runs towards us who are unworthy. Sarina drew a picture of the father and son whilst Ben spoke (powerful stuff) - it was later given as a gift to one of the guys who was baptised, but here's a similar image, by Charlie Mackesy (his images are used by Alpha too)

So yesterday we celebrated and worshipped together...and today it's raining!

I have a day at home today, so I'm in my kitchen, there's work to do and lessons to plan in preparation for the rest of the week; calls to make, emails and letters to write and Tea to plan, plus the children's activities to negotiate. The boy-bunny's at the vet (having his "calming down" operation!); I'm having my hair cut later, which I quite enjoy - apart from having to look at myself in the mirror, and thinking of interesting things to say to the hairdresser (not great too if it gets rained on immediately:( )

So to help me enjoy today as much as I enjoyed yesterday, I've just put another jumper on (I'm having a competition with myself about how long I can go without putting the heating on!); I've got a coffee in my favourite pretty mug; the latest Hillsong CD is blaring out and all that is helping me to cope - and to find God in everything, in every part of my life , in every day -whether its' a super-Sunday or a rainy-Monday!
"God is the same, yesterday, today and forever"
Praying you know that today for your life,
Catrina x

Comments

Anonymous said…
hi catrina....sunday was excellent...i loved the full spectrum of people we baptised...
from a 10 year old child...to an ex addict....and including people who came in through sparklers...or were already christians...taking the next step

a "picture" of the wonderful mix that makes up our church community

with their testimonies and the memorial stones i think i went through seceral tissues and ruined my make up.!!

enjoy your "day off"...and hope you see God in all you do...including when you have to look in the mirror at the hairdresser

irene m
sandra said…
look forward to seeing the hair..thankyou for your encouragement and words of insight..it's fun this blog stuff isn't it
Ope said…
Hi Catrina,

I just want to say thank you for leading the ladies in Kerith Community Church so wonderfully and by example. I am sure it is not easy being married to the senior pastor of a growing church, and thinking of what people expect of you, being the pastor’s wife. At our last Unique conference, Kym McManus shared with us how she felt when her husband became the pastor of mosaic and how people expected her to become someone she wasn’t overnight. In a way, her story of how she put her trust and faith in God and letting Him lead the way somehow reminds me of you and what you must have gone through when Simon become the senior pastor.
I just want to say to you that God is your strength, so let him fill your heart with His joy and love. As He expands your territory, let Him order your footsteps in the right direction.
Continue doing the good work you are doing. Thank you for all your encouraging words.

Love,

Ope
Anonymous said…
I'm enjoying reading this, enjoy your day off and the haircut. How do I get this in my e mails like Simon's?

Sue
Jacqui W-G said…
Hi there. Sue has asked how you get this by email. If you click on the atom feed then this will give you the opportunity to subscribe wither through google or outlook or some other way. I use Outlook 2007 and it has a section in tools>accounts where you can subscribe to the blog. the feed is http://catrinabenham.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default this will then come into your email as an aricle. You do need to actually visit the blog to make a comment though.Jax
Anonymous said…
Thank you Jacqui have just done that, I think! Will wait for the next blog and let you know if I am not getting them and you can tell me what to do next!

Sue
Anonymous said…
Thank you Jacqui, I just got confirmation!

Sue

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