At the end of each year I seek God for an overall theme for East Taieri Church for the year ahead. The Thursday morning prayer breakfast prays with me about it and people share various scriptures and things they believe God is saying to us. I also consult with elders and leaders.
The theme I have discerned for 2015 is: Streams in the Desert
In July-August we have a 5 week series in all services on this theme. We will be encouraging life groups and individuals to use an accompanying study guide.
Streams in the Desert speaks of personal refreshment and renewal in our relationship with God and with others. Do you feel dry or thirsty? What personal spiritual practices do you find refreshing? Is there a place you like to walk or sit and pray? What is your plan or approach to reading and studying the Bible this year? What might God be speaking to you about this year? These are some of the questions we will address.
Streams in the Desert also speaks of renewal and refreshment when we meet as Christians. What has been helpful in the past in worship services or group meetings? Has it helped you love God and love others? What might be helpful for you this year?
Streams in the Desert speaks of the refreshingly different life Christ brings. How can our Christian lifestyle be as inviting and refreshing to other people as a fresh water in a dry and thirsty land? What new mission steps is the Holy Spirit leading you into and what new spiritual gifts for serving others might he have for you?
May we all experience God’s renewing, refreshing work this year,