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Hi ,
this week we hear of Jesus' first miracle in John's Gospel. And it is not a small life changing miracle, rather it is a massive miracle.

Sometimes one of the big sins we commit is the sin of scarcity, of thinking that there will not be enough. It can be tempting to think that there is not enough to go around; and when we think this we can inadvertently separate ourselves from God's plans. In John 2:1-11 we hear that there will be enough, that the wedding celebration can happen, and as we see and hear this we witness Jesus' first miracle in John's Gospel, all before his ministry officially starts.

Journeying with you, Dion

Sunday 16th January

In person @ 9am

Today Revd Sapati Tima, Chaplain at Vaughn Park presides and preaches.

From the 2nd January to Sunday 30th January inclusive there is only 1 In-person Service a week on Sunday at 9am.

Communion will be offered from the communion rail, with wine and grape juice in individual cups.

A "My Vaccine Pass: is required in all Traffic light settings.
Online Services will be available each week.

Online @ 10am

2022-01-16 - Wedding at Cana

    Online Worship - Sunday 10am

    Online worship goes live on Sunday at 10am with a YouTube Premier here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrVV6T5Q8KpEhj3IUQIT0gQ or click the button below

    Our Money Our Story

    Coming February 2022

    Our Money Our Story
    We all have a money story, whether we recognize it or not. Perhaps we are living from a story of fear or shame. Or a story that the church is dying and no longer relevant. Or a story that our actions won’t have an impact. Or a story that we don’t have enough. Where might God be speaking a new narrative into the limited ones we have told ourselves?

    This series invites us to discover and tell our money stories in light of God’s money story of liberation and justice. This series encourages us to transform our stewardship practices into more full expressions of who we are and what we believe.

    This theme is intentionally direct—it invites us to name exactly what we’re talking about and not skirt around it. To speak of money is to invite tension into the room. We so quickly want to avoid it. It’s time to reframe this. Money and possessions are one of the most common topics in scripture, and Jesus talked about money more than faith and prayer. Our money story, therefore, is a spiritual story. Thinking about God’s money story should be liberating, inviting, and transformative.

    As we begin the year, we invite you to remember, release, reimagine, and restore your money stories so that you can write the one God is calling you to live into.

    Life at Orange level @ St Mary by the Sea

    Welcome Video @ Orange
    here is our Welcome Back video, explaining what life looks like at Orange level.
    There are both in-person and online Services offered. Our Service structure reflects the Government and Diocese's guidance for us.

    Stay in the loop

    Wednesday Online Zoom Study Groups

    These group recommence in February.

    Scripture

    16th January 2022

    Isa 62:1-5 - 1 Cor 12:1-11 - John 2:1-12

    Collect

    God of Feast and community, Jesus blessed a wedding, and turned water into wine. Let our lives bless you, and our work reveal the wine of your presence. Through Jesus Christ our Liberator, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

    Word for Today and Our Daily Bread

    Word for Today
    https://www.rhema.co.nz/the-word-for-today
    https://www.lifefm.co.nz/wordforyoutoday
    Our Daily Bread
    https://odb.org/subscription/nz/#

    Community Shop

    Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Community Shop. It has been an eventful year. We had a Covid lock down in February, moved to bigger brighter premises, re-fitted out the new shop and opened in record time and finally had to endured this latest lockdown and re-opened with all the accompanying restrictions. All of this has been manageable only through the good graces and hard work of our wonderful volunteers. Thank you!

    Thank you to everyone who shops at the Community store, with out you all this hard work would be to no avail. Your purchases not only help support St Marys Church but also go to providing financial support via food vouchers to local schools and to those in need in the local community.

    Did you use EFTPOS to donate in December?

    Firstly, thank you for all your donations to St Marys.
    In my role as treasurer I have become aware that someone kindly made 2 donations via EFTPOS on the 12th and 19th on the 8am Service but they did not write their giving number on the receipt. If you think this is you please email the office to confirm your giving number so I can add these donations to your tax receipt. If you do not wish these donations on your tax receipt please contact me and let me know.
    For more information on how to make a donation via EFTPOS please see the regular information below or ask one of the wardens or Dion in church.
    Thanks Debbie

    Celebrations

    Happy Birthday to Hamish Smith for the 11th January. Wishing you many happy returns of the day.

    Community Garden

    Are you interested in being part of the St Mary by the Sea community garden? For more information, see the information on the Welcome Desk, or talk to Dianne Denman, or Nannette Randall at the 10am service. There is an expression of interest form here, and a brochure here. and on our website here: www.stmary.co.nz/garden

    Regular Information

    Worship for Jan 2022

    Sunday - 9am - worship from NZ Prayer Book
    Sunday - 10am - YouTube worship

    Praying for Others

    Please send names for the Sunday Prayer-List by Sunday evening to Tony Nettleton, 027 278 1450 or prayer@stmary.co.nz Names can be sent at other times as required.

    Donations

    Online

    Vestry would like to encourage you to give to support our ministry. Giving and donations can be made to:
    St Mary by the Sea
    BNZ Browns Bay 02-0120-0047903-003
    Please reference your donation with your surname or giving number.

    EFTPOS

    The EFTPOS machine prints 2 receipts, the first is your copy, the second is printed by selecting MERCHANTS COPY on the screen. This second copy should always be left on the appropriate clip on the notice board. With out the second receipt it is not possible to know what the money was intended for. For Church Giving, you can either keep the first receipt or place it in the DONATION BASKET to go up to the altar for the blessing. Please write your giving number or full name on the second receipt if you want the donation added to your tax receipt. If you do not want your donation added to your tax receipt please write NO TAX. on the receipt.

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    Contacts

    Office

    Debbie Rhodes, 09 4738180 office@stmary.co.nz
    Office hours, Mon to Thr 10am-2pm

    Vicar

    Rev’d Dion Blundell, Office:09 4738183 Mb:021 1378624 Hm:09 4732270
    dion@stmary.co.nz

    Priest Assistant

    Rev’d Jay Smith, 021 1045914 jay@stmary.co.nz

    Wardens

    Jean Coomer, 09 4780080 vicarswarden@stmary.co.nz
    Mark Van der ham, 021 2711207 peopleswarden@stmary.co.nz

    Synod Representatives

    Auriel Andrews auriel@kinect.co.nz
    Susan Haslam ejhaslam@xtra.co.nz

    Vestry Secretary

    Susan Haslam, 09 4150073 vestrysecretary@stmary.co.nz

    Vestry Members

    Bruce Rogers, bj_rogers@xtra.co.nz
    Chris Waddingham, waddinghamchris@gmail.com
    Jenny Cheer, jmcheer@xtra.co.nz

    St Mary by the Sea

    PO Box 89-082, Torbay, Auckland, 0742
    168 Deep Creek Rd, Torbay, Auckland, 0630
    www.stmary.co.nz
    office@stmary.co.nz
    Thanks for reading. See you soon!

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