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God Weaves Our Story

Last Sunday, we heard from Amelia as she shared how God has been weaving her story. A picture of her calico square and her story are below. For more information about the calico squares and how they will be used, have a look at Stew’s Pastors’ Post here.

Stew has asked me to share my square with you and I guess a bit of the story behind it. I imagine people will come up with many different ideas and mediums in creating their square. I can’t wait to see it all come together.

So here’s my square. The black being the chaos of life, the white in the middle of it all being God, peace, his purpose and truths and promises. This is where I want to sit and rest and trust that he is weaving my story.

Life is crazy and chaotic. Filled with highs and lows, storms, turbulence and sometimes tsunamis (the black). For me those big storms have come early in life, in the form of parents divorce, depression, anxiety and the tsunami…spinal cord injury. At 16 my parents divorced, at 19 my boyfriend (now husband) broke his neck leaving him a quadriplegic. Over the resulting years I have often wondered and implored God…why?! Why has this happened? Why has SO much happened? Why us? What is your purpose in all this?

We have certainly felt the chaos. Over the years I have also come to know one thing for absolute certain. God is in control (the white)! He has a plan and a purpose in my life. He is weaving my story. I am convinced of this truth and hold on to this truth. Through all the storms, trials, tears, pain and questions, I have had to learn to sit with God, in his presence, trusting that he is good and true and trusting that his ways are better than my ways.

When Stew first mentioned this idea of God weaving our story I was intrigued. I’m a visual, crafty person and a woven tapestry makes sense to me. The under side is complete chaos, threads going everywhere, mess, it looks it can’t be anything. But you turn the tapestry around and it’s a gorgeous picture, intricate and beautiful. We see the underside of the tapestry. We may never see the upper side of the tapestry or understand how it’s all being woven together. That’s where we have to trust God. Trust that he is weaving our story. Trust that out of the chaos he has a plan and a purpose.

In my circle of white, where I want to sit, I have written verses. Verses that remind me of God, who he is and what he has promised me in this life:
From Psalm 23:4 – Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil for you are with me.
Deuteronomy 31:8 – The lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Ecclesiastes 3:11 – He has made everything beautiful in its time.

These verses from the Master Weaver himself tell me he is here, he is in control, he has a plan and a purpose for my life and I can trust him with it all. He is weaving my story.

Just to finish, I want to read you this poem from Corrie Ten Boom. She explains it so well.

My Life is but a weaving
between my Lord and me;
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.
Oft times He weaveth sorrow
And I, in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper,
And I the under side.
Not til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver’s skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.
He knows, He loves, He cares,
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives His very best to those
Who leave the choice with Him.

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Sunday 1st August 2021

This Sunday 1st August, we pause our Term 3 Series ‘What Must I Do To Be Saved?’ to take a look at practical peacemaking.

Tim Dyer from JohnMark Ministries will open up the Bible to Joshua 22: 9-33, Matthew 18: 15-19 and Ephesians 4:15-32 to help us take practical steps towards healthy relationships in the face of misunderstandings and conflicts when they arise.

Unfortunately, if you have any Covid Symptoms on the day, you will not be able to attend and will need to access a Covid test.

If you’re unable to meet in person on any Sunday, you’re welcome to listen to an audio recording of the Bible talk here on our website.

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The Pastors’ Post

Welcome to The Pastors’ Post, an update for life at Southern Cross.

You might be wondering why, with your invitation to Celebration Sunday, you received a piece of Calico? Because God’s weaves our story! I still imagine some quite confused looks?

Well, leading into Celebration Sunday we want to create something physical for what we believe spiritually. So to help us to prepare for what we will hear from God’s word on Celebration Sunday, that God indeed weaves or stitches our story, we want to create a very large sheet of all our small pieces of calico sewn together! Yes, from all our pieces sewn together, one BiG piece to hang on Celebration Sunday.

So ok, what do YOU do with your calico square? Well, draw, write, craft your story of how you understand God to be at work in your life; in the good, in the bad, in the ugly. Kids Church are working on theirs over Term 3 so you, your Gospel Community, your DNA, will need to find a time to think about doing it.

Of course, it’s your story, so you can do it anytime. Or you might choose to do it with some for an afternoon, on a weekend, or simply draft up a plan of what you would do during a DNA this term and then do it later in your own time.

We are hoping to get the completed squares Sunday the 29th of August so the great stitch-up can begin, ready for Celebration Sunday on 12th of September. How do you feel about it? I imagine some anxious looks. Some “are they serious!?” kinda looks and then some of you going “hmmm…ok…what could I do?”. And if this comes off, what a story to tell! God weaving, stitching, sewing our story together.  Unified. Joined. Connected.

So remember, get your calico in: Sunday 29th of August
And get ready for Celebration Sunday: Sunday 12th September.

Is God weaving your story? Yes he is! He has been doing it since before the day you were born!!

Do you remember this? It’s from Psalm 139:

 13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand.

God is weaving our story. That is what we’re going to be celebrating this Celebration Sunday.

Thanks for tuning into The Pastors’ Post.

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Sunday 25th July

This Sunday 25th July, we continue our Term 3 Series ‘What Must I Do To Be Saved?’.

Stew Playsted and Matt Crosthwaite will open up the Bible to Genesis 12 to see how the strength of faith in a promise relies on the character of the one who makes the promise. This will help us answer the question: What makes faith strong?

Unfortunately, if you have any Covid Symptoms on the day, you will not be able to attend and will need to access a Covid test.

If you’re unable to meet in person on any Sunday, you’re welcome to listen to an audio recording of the Bible talk here on our website.

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