CROSS TALK January 2021


                                24th January 2021
                            Third Sunday after Epiphany. 

                    Service will be lead by: David Thompson.
                         The theme of the address will be;
                         Peter’s message on Pentecost

                      This Sunday 24th January 2021 
                          Epiphany Sunday Three.

Worship Service led by: David Thompson


Holy Communion: David Thompson
Communion Assistants: Joan Rayward
Communion Prep.: Dr Gordon Watson
Bible Readings:
1st Reading: Jonah 3:1-5,10 The city of Nineveh repents
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 Living in the last times
Gospel: Mark 1:14-20 Repent, and believe the good news
Prayers lead by: Joan Watson
Stewards: Joan Watson and Dale Ampt
Music: Daryll and Lloyd Reichelt
Audio/ Computer: David Pfeiffer


                   Next Sunday 31st January 2021
                   Fourth Sunday after Epiphany.

Worship Service led by: Dr. Gordon Watson

Worship Service led by: Dr Gordon Watsongordon5
Holy Communion: Dr Gordon Watson
Communion Assistants: Don McLean
Communion Prep.: Dr Gordon Watson
Bible Readings: Carole Rogers
1st Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15-20 The Lord Promises a prophet like Moses 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Freedom and the conscience of your
fellow believer
Gospel: Mark 1:21-28 Jesus teaches with authority
Prayers lead by: Bob Rayward
Stewards: Don and Carol McLean
Music: Aileen Huf
Audio/ Computer: Orion Thompson

In our thoughts and Prayers:praying
John McLean,
Rosemary Conran,
Kathy Mitchell,
Renate Radmacher,
Ivan Francis,
Jenny Montgomery,
Les Mathies.
Tony Koch.
David Thompson.

First Communion Sunday 24 January:
After a long COVID driven delay, three of our youngsters will join us at the table of the Lord’s Supper as they celebrate their First Communion. Ben Clarke, Ben Reichelt and Archie Johnson have been preparing for this event through the LCA/NZ approved Step Up To Communion program. Let’s keep these young men in our prayers during their final preparation.

Due to the current COVID restrictions, it has been advised not to have the
special morning tea scheduled for Sunday. Once the restrictions have been lifted, we will certainly celebrate this special event of the First Communion with Ben, Ben and Archie.

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We are still under COVID restrictions. It is very easy to become complacent. Condition of entry to St Peters. 1 Sanitize Hands on entry 2 Please register time of arrival on attendance sheet and time when leaving 3 Observe Social distancing i.e. keep 1.5m apart
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Something to think about:

“Do not resist growing old— many are denied the privilege.”
“One of the pleasures of old age is giving things up”
Abraham waited for 25 years. Joseph waited 13 years.
Moses waited 40 years. Jesus waited 30 years.
If God makes you wait, you are in good company.!!!!


If you’re ever headed the wrong way in life, remember the road to Heaven allows U-turns

Known by the Almighty:
Though you are one of the teeming millions in this world, and though the world would have you believe that you don’t count and that you are but a speck in the mass,
God says, “I know you.”

Our lives as Books:
There are people in the world around us who have never opened or read a
Bible. — But are they reading us.
Are they able to say of us to others “That man, that woman reminds me of Jesus?”
Do we let our light so shine that men may see, not us, but our Father in
This is the real test.

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Church Stewards:
Please make sure all attendees sanitize, sign-in and supervise 1.5mm rul

Roster: Church Cleaning:

February: Joan and Bob Rayward.
Cleaners please wash hands before and after cleaning and wear gloves.

All past sermons are available to read on our web page.
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January Birthdays:
29 Geoff Rogers

Thank you to Daryll for our web page.
44 People visited the website in the last week, including 38 Aust. 4 USA. 1 NZ. 1 Canada.
We now have 78 followers.



Sunday 17th January Attendance was 50

Weekly Devotion:

prayingJacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place – and I did not know it!”’ (Genesis 28:16).
Read Genesis 28:10–17
Jacob is on the run. He has tricked his brother twice, and Esau is out to get him. Here in this lonely place, with a stone for a pillow, Jacob has an epipha-ny: he dreams of a stairway to heaven, linking God’s realm with the earth – with this lonely place, with this stone, with this desolation of land and spirit. With Jacob’s life.
Jacob is the trickster, the deceiver, a ratbag from birth. But in Jacob’s epipha-ny, God comes to this trickster and repeats the covenant promises God made with Abraham. God makes these promises to Jacob the ratbag: land, descend-ants, blessing. And God promises his everlasting faithfulness – to this un-faithful, unworthy, shifty man. Never has so much been so undeserved!
When Jacob wakes from this epiphany, this revelation of God’s graciousness, he is afraid. The Lord is with him in this desolate place, but he didn’t realise it! God has come down to him and deigned to grace Jacob the ratbag with his divine goodness, with his covenant promises. You’d think Jacob’s epiphany might bring an immediate, radical conversion of life for the trickster. But it doesn’t yet; that’s still some way off.
In John 1:51, Jesus reveals himself as the place of the stairway to heaven, as ‘Bethel’, the (new) House of God. Jesus brings the realm of God into our world – our COVID-weary, fearful, stressed world; our desolation of land and spirit. Your world. Mine.
Jesus re-speaks all of God’s promises to us! Especially the promise of God’s faithfulness to us unfaithful, unworthy people. Never has so much been so undeserved!
How will you respond to the epiphany of Jesus into your life?

How is it that you come to us, Lord Jesus, undeserving and unfaithful as we are?
How is it that you speak all your promises to us, loving God? Oh, wake us to your gracious presence, Lord, and stir us to respond to you in spirit and truth. Amen.

In our thoughts and Prayers:praying
John McLean, Rosemary Conran, Kathy Mitchell, Renate Radmacher, Ivan Francis, Jenny Montgomery, Les Mathies, Tony Koch, David Thompson.

Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
(James 3:18)
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1.)

Something to think about:
Mr. Smith,
I am pleased to inform you that I have made arrangements to pay off all your debts in full. I cannot proceed without your consent, however, and I ask that you contact me as soon as possible to receive your gift.
Your loving Servant. Jesus

You never really know the true impact you have on those around you.
You never know how much someone needed that smile you gave them.
You never know how much your kindness turned someone’s entire life around.
You never know how much someone needed that long hug or deep talk.
So! Don’t wait to be kind, don’t wait for better circumstances or for someone to change.
Just be kind. Because you never know how much someone needed it.

We don’t need to fear that there is not enough time, but we only need to remember to appreciate the time God gives us.

In 1937, a man by the name of John Griffiths found a job tending one of the railroad bridges that crossed the Mississippi River. Every day he would control the gears of the bridge to allow barges and ships through.
One day John decided to allow his eight-year-old son Greg to help him. He and his boy packed their lunches with great excitement and hopes for the fu-ture and went to work. The morning went quickly and at noon they headed off for lunch, down a narrow catwalk onto an observation platform about 50 feet above the Mississippi. John told his son stories about the ships as they passed by. Suddenly, they were jolted back to reality by the shrill sound of an engine’s whistle.
Looking at his watch, John realized to his horror that it was 1.07pm, that the Memphis Express was due any time and that the bridge was still raised.
He calmly told Greg to stay put and then ran back to the controls.
Once there he looked beneath the bridge to make sure there was nothing
below. As his eyes moved downwards he saw something so terrible that he froze. For there, lying on the gears, was his beloved son.
Greg had tried to follow his dad but had fallen off the catwalk. Immediately, John realized the horrifying choice before him: either to lower the bridge and kill his son, or keep the bridge raised and kill everyone on board the train.
As 400 people moved closer to the bridge, John realized what he had to do. Burying his face under his arm, he plunged down the lever. The cries of his son were instantly drowned out by the noise of the bridge grinding slowly into position.
John wiped the tears from his eyes as the train passed by. A Conductor was collecting tickets in his usual way. A Businessman was casually reading the newspaper. Ladies were drinking afternoon tea. Children were playing. Most of the passengers were engaged in idle chatter.
No one heard the cries of a heartbroken father.



Something to think about:

Did you know that an Eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before
it breaks?
The Eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come.
When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the Eagle is soaring above it. The Eagle does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm.
When the storms of life come upon us – and all of us will experience them – we can rise above them setting our minds and our belief toward God.
The storms do not have to overcome us. We can allow God’s power to lift us above them. God enables us to ride the winds of the storm that bring sickness, tragedy, failure and disappointment in our lives. We can soar above the storm.
Remember, it is not the burdens of life that weigh us down, it is how we han-dle them.
“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like Eagles” Isaiah 40:31

Begin difficult things while they are easy, Do great things when they are small,
The difficult things of the world must have once been easy:
The great things must have been small ..,
A thousand mile journey begins with one step.

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Some-body would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.
Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that
Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.