Connecting Sunday’s faith with Monday’s work

Aug 11, 2021

Work. When you hear the word (whether you are a full-time parent ór in a corporate setting), how does it make you feel? Uneasy? Tired? Maybe even ill? (No, that’s not a stretch: Research shows that heart attacks occur most often on Monday mornings, and least on Saturdays and during summer vacations in July - 1). Why is this activity that consumes most of our waking hours—where we define ourselves and live out our identities—so stressful? What does it mean for us as a culture when our work can be hazardous to our well-being?
 
The 2011 book “You Lost Me” touched on the tension Christian Millennials feel between their faith and their work, especially as they seek careers in mainstream arenas of society. In the years since, that tension has only intensified. We believe the Church has a huge opportunity— a responsibility even, given the profile of the emerging generation—to incorporate deliberate thinking about work into its discipleship and evangelism efforts. Our culture is already amid a complete revision of the ways we work—an amazing moment when, thanks to technological advancements, workers are both fearing for their jobs and facing unprecedented new opportunities to create the career of their dreams. Add in the lifestyle changes induced by the pandemic and you will see an increase in the diversity of work environment challenges and therefor an increasing need for a sense of purpose and direction. The “why” in our work will always precede the “how” we work in importance.

 

The time is ripe for a new imagination, new definitions, and a new theology of work

In our upcoming series “Work is Worship” we will align our work with our worship. As a start…take in consideration the ancient wisdom of a man who wrestled with this very same issue:

'What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. '
Ecclesiastes 3:9-12 NIV

There is most definitely a strong correlation between what you do every day and the God who gives you every one of your days. Let’s live lives that find its value in a bigger purpose to live for. Let’s discover together how we can be his presence in every workplace!

Anahad O’Connor, “The Claim: Heart Attacks Are More Common on Mondays,” New York Times, March 14, 2006. 
Uppsala University, “Less Myocardial Infarctions During Summer Vacation—More on Mondays and Winter Holidays,” July 6, 2017. 

Latest restrictions | Wednesday 11th August



With the latest announcement that the current lockdown will be extended until at least Thursday the 19th of August, we will continue to provide what we can online. Youth, kids and our Sunday services can all be found through our YouTube channel and we invite you to also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
 
We miss you all, please look out for one another, if someone is on your heart send them a message, or give them a call, just to say hi, I am thinking of you.

New series | Work is Worship



We sometimes dislocate Sunday’s faith with Monday’s work. Our purpose to Be His Presence In Every Place integrates these realities with one another. Whether you are retired, a stay-at-home parent, CE0, sole operator or a volunteer somewhere: Your work matters. In this journey we will discover how to make the most of our work-life as we see it as a way to worship.
'For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.'
Ephesians 2:10 NIV
This Sunday service will be live streamed only. You can watch live stream via YouTube and Facebook.


Encounter God | Prayer Ministry

 



Please let me apologise for some delay in our responses to emails sent through to [email protected] as we have missed some communication, we will do better moving forward, please email us if you would like someone to be praying for you or to book a time for personal prayer ministry, we can arrange this over Zoom.
 
Last Sunday our Prophetic Zoom Room ministry took place, we had 21 people attend and I received some wonderful feedback. Our team love the opportunity to seek God with you for an encouragement and to reveal His heart for you, keep an eye out for the next opportunity in September.


Playgroup | Update



Extended lockdown is tough on everyone and our playgroup families are no exception. We will endeavour to support and encourage them as best we can and look forward to restrictions easing so we can meet in person again.

Fuse Youth | Perseverance - YouTube



This Friday get pumped because it’s time for FUSE TV!! 
We are going live at 7pm with Beth and Sam attempting the ‘Paint Me Challenge’ & the ‘Oreo Stack Challenge’! 
We will also be hearing a word of encouragement from Chester on ‘Perseverance’ and worshipping together!
See you on YouTube Fuse Youth!

Kids Church | Sunday 9.30am - Zoom



Kids church will be on Zoom at 9.30 Sunday.
If children are unable to attend Zoom there are Orange Videos available for Wonderkids,  Prep to Grade 2 and Grades 3 to 6 on our website.

Food Pantry | Tuesdays 10.30am – 2pm



Our Food Pantry is open on Tuesdays, from 10:30 am till 2pm even in the midst of the lockdowns and has been instrumental in tiding over many people during a difficult season. Are you able to give a helping hand? In your next shop at Woolies, Coles or Aldi, would you be able to pick up one or several of these items?
 
1/ Sweet biscuits, Muesli bars, Cereal, Soup, Coffee
2/ Body Deodorants, Shampoo, Conditioner, 
3/ Dishwashing liquid, Laundry powder - 1kg boxes, 
 
Please drop them off at the church when the restrictions allow for it. Your assistance is greatly appreciated and makes a big a difference in the lives of many. Let us be His presence in every place.  Thank you so much. The Food Pantry Team.

 

BRAAM BOTHA
Senior Pastor