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2017 Has been a great

2017 Has been a great year for us as a worshipping community at OBC. I feel so blessed to join together as family to freely worship together each week, It’s a wonderful privilege we have as a team to lead our church in worship. It’s been very encouraging to see the church engage in some different ways of worshipping, from new songs, to our services with different symbolic and creative ways to worship and honour God. Its been great to sing some more songs in Te Reo Maori, and I hope it encourages you when we get to sing in the native language of our land, Aotearoa, New Zealand. The Good Friday service was a particular highlight for me, it was fantastic to have a quiet moment to reflect together on the Easter Story and Jesus’ journey to the cross. I want to honour the team who serve us each week with their worship leading, either though singing, or on instruments, or our technicians who run sound and data. They do an utterly fantastic job, and have such a willing heart to serve. You all make my job so easy and it is a joy to serve with you. The big highlight for the team this year was our first annual Thanksgiving celebration. What better way to spend time together as a team than over lots and lots of food and time just being together as a worship team. Thanks again to Fiona Mears and co for hosting and making it all run smoothly. God is such a wonderful God, and I pray that our corporate worship on a Sunday only deepens and encourages your personal worship, as we seek to honour God through Living, Loving, Learning and Leading in every moment of our day. Declan Smith 10

Wednesday Communion Service The Wednesday Morning Communion Service has once again been an important part of the life and witness of our church during 2017. Although admittedly we are an ageing group we all look forward to our weekly gatherings. We are always glad to welcome new people and God is bringing new folk all the time. Thank you for all those who have been happy to take up leadership responsibility, and also we appreciate our Pastors who take their turn on the speaking roster. A very important component of our fellowship is socialising over morning tea and coffee after each service, but this last year we have had two additional outings as well, which we all enjoyed very much. Numbers range between 20 –30 each week and even though it is quite a big group the dynamics of it operate more like a small group as we care and support each other. One highlight was our end of year break up function held at our home, we had a great turn out and it was well catered by Pat and Jean and was very enjoyable. Sunday Evening Prayer group Every Sunday Evening from 7-8 pm a small but very faithful group of prayers have continued to gather together in the Chapel to share in a rich fellowship of prayer. We believe that this corporate time of prayer is vital for the health of Otumoetai Baptist with it’s variety of ministries within the church and the wider community, and its Missionaries who serve overseas. We believe that Church is more than a Sunday morning service and we acknowledge that there are many other opportunities for corporate prayer within the ministries and groups of our Church, but it is special to gather together on a Sunday evening for a time that has been specially set apart to spend time with our Lord and learn how to pray under His guidance. Hope to see you there soon ! Graham Tucker We hope many more will come and join us this coming year. Graham Tucker 11

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