23 May 2020
I hope you are experiencing God’s blessings today. When we think of our mission as a church to make disciples and to take the everlasting gospel to all the world, it reminds us that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves. Whilst we seek to reflect Christ to those around us in our own home or local community, it is good to know that God’s kingdom is being extended by Christ’s followers in other parts of the world as well.
This weekend we have an opportunity to participate in a division wide-program from the South Pacific Division.
#WeRtheChurch is a special event in the history of the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
For the first time, thousands of Adventists from around the division will be united for Sabbath worship through this online initiative. The event on 22, 23 May, will comprise a Friday evening program, Sabbath school and worship service, and an afternoon program—all online and featuring inspiring stories and footage from around the South Pacific. There will be devotionals, worship music, and content for children, youth and families. Messages will be shared by the presidents of the four Unions and SPD institutional leaders. There will also be a special message by General Conference president Pastor Ted Wilson.
The focus will be on how the Church is continuing its mission in new and interesting ways despite the lockdown measures driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Division president, Pastor Glenn Townend, will be presenting the Sabbath sermon as well as co-hosting the event with children’s ministries leader Litiana Turner.
“I’m really looking forward to this special Sabbath event,” Pastor Townend said. “We may be geographically dispersed around the Division and many of us are in isolation, but we are blessed to have digital technology to make this initiative possible. This special Sabbath is unprecedented in SPD history, but these are unprecedented times and we are being challenged to come up with new and creative ways of being disciples for Jesus. And the theme is particularly relevant for this time—church is not a building or even a program, we are the church and we are united in finishing its mission. I have heard some wonderful stories from around the South Pacific about how Adventists are reaching out to their communities despite the lockdown, and I would like to share a few of these initiatives with you during this special Sabbath.”
How to watch this weekend
To watch online go to: https://adventistchurch.com/werthechurch/ or you can go to YouTube and watch there:
For those watching from the Avondale Village, you will be able to watch on channel 100 as usual.
The program begins 6.30 pm on Friday evening, and 9.30 am on Sabbath morning. See below for full program:
FRIDAY EVENING — FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME—6.30 pm
#weRtheCHURCH in Lockdown: Stories of how the Adventist Church in the South Pacific is surviving and thriving in creative ways during the COVID-19 crisis.
⏱ 1 hour
SABBATH MORNING—FAMILY PROGRAMME—9.30 am
Singing, a Bible story, health message and craft based on the Primary Sabbath School Gracelink curriculum.
The craft will be to make a noughts and crosses game. Materials needed:
• White paper for base
• Coloured paper to cut into strips for the lines (or use textas)
• Thin cardboard in two different colours to make the markers (or can use shells as markers)
• Sabbath School
An interactive experience for all ages using the Discovery Bible Reading method
SPD President Pastor Glenn Townend presents #weRtheCHURCH: a special message on how Jesus gives the Church hope.
Pastor Townend’s sermon presentation will be closed-captioned in French, and Auslan signed for the Deaf.
⏱ 2 hours 30 minutes
SABBATH AFTERNOON—MISSION PROGRAMME—3.30 pm
#weRtheCHURCH in Mission: Stories of how the Adventist Church in the South Pacific is making an impact in local communities during the COVID-19 crisis.
⏱ 1 hour 30 minutes
In other news this week, Elma Coombe will be 100 years young on Thursday, and we want to thank God for her life and ministry, and for what He will continue to do through Elma in the years ahead. Happy Birthday Elma!
Our opening Sabbath program this week will be lead by Pr Peter Watts and will commence at 4.50 pm on Friday.
Zoom details are as follows:
Opening Sabbath Meeting ID Password - details in Weekly Pastors email.
Closing Sabbath This week I believe we will close Sabbath together at the end of the SPD program.
Last week we promoted two online evangelistic series, and both series are continuing, with several episodes now available to watch. You can watch, The End: What the Bible says about The End of the World, by going to YouTube and searching theend.digital or you can simply go to the website theend.digital
The second online program, Predictions of Hope: Beyond Corona was an introduction to the new series Hope Awakens with Pr John Bradshaw. If you, or someone you know would like to register for Hope Awakens then please do so at the link below:
Please use these opportunities to share these links with others who may have questions about these uncertain times. Remember, God loves you, and He loves everyone else as well, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
That’s all for now. May God richly bless you as you walk by faith with Him,
Pr Peter Watts 0419 550 205
Pr Steven Magaitis 0410 609 119
Pr Susan Magaitis 0405 277 250