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Apr 16, 2014   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments

We are about to celebrate and experience Easter together.

We celebrate an event in history (that incidentally has more historical evidence than the rule of Julius Caesar!) that split the timeline, turned the known world upside down and is still changing lives.

Though the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has occupied historians, philosophers and religious leaders for centuries, when it all boils down, it’s a story of love….. a story of pursuit that we want you and your friends to experience this weekend.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” - Romans 5:6

Concepts of justice are polarising.

Right and wrong, rules and regs, fair and unfair consume our emotions at times.

Take for example the Oscar Pistorius case. A vulnerable woman is now dead and the world watches on as a famous man is trialed. The case is high profile and the grief, confusion and ire are running high.

Flight MH370, a mystery which has captured the attention of the world is fraught with questions of terrorism and the grief of the families that cannot yet resolve something that is dear to their heart.

More locally our sense of justice has been stirred as Barry O’Farrell resigns over corruption allegations. Cases like these touch on issues of trust, security and justice.

As we watch on, we can be filled with a sense of our own goodness, feel qualified to judge from afar or perhaps despair of any morality and a sense of right and wrong being left in the world.

Romans makes this completely left field statement: “when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.”

In one fouls swoop Paul, the writer of Roman acknowledges God’s sense of right and wrong and justice and injustice….we are “ungodly”. We fail. We are caught. We are wrong. All of us….we have all sinned and we are all in need (Romans 3:23).

He goes even further to say we are “powerless” in our ungodliness. Not only are we ungodly, but we can’t change it. We are stuck.

Yet here is the great love story…the greatest pursuit that ever was…..”Christ died.

The Father couldn’t stand by and see a powerless and ungodly people He loved separated from Him. He sends His Son in an act of loving pursuit to cancel your debt, empower the powerless and call you home. He didn’t do it by ignoring justice and righteousness – He cannot. He didn’t do it by the law – it could not.

He saved you by love.

This Easter, may you be taken afresh with the love story of the Cross. You were pursued by love.

 

MISSIONS TREKS 2014 
10 days to change you life! Treks are the single most powerful short term ministry experience you will ever have!

Coming up in May we are heading to Alice Springs to spend some time reachingIndigenous Australia! Contact Pastor Warren Searles to find out how you can be a part of this trek e. [email protected]

There are many Trek options – grab an Engage brochure at the Connect desk.

COMING UP

  • May – Indigenous Australia Trek

 

  • Wednesday 7th May – Kingdom Builders Dinner (by invitation)

 

  • Sunday 11th May – Mothers Day Night with Heather Baker (what happens when your world caves in? Heather walked a tragic, comical and faith building journey when her prominent husband was struck down with a brain tumour.)

 

  • Thurs 15th May – Shirelive Women with Jane Grover

With Love at Easter,

Pastor Kristy

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Apr 11, 2014   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments

Easter eggs are all around the shops, school is winding up for the term and Shirelive is getting set for a beautiful Easter experience in just a week’s time!

I have heard stories of our church members giving an Easter Invite to their local Thai restaurant owner, their beautician and their gardener! I know of people bringing theirwhole extended family to our Good Friday Service! Why wouldn’t you? It’s going to be amazing!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” - Matthew 5:16 (Message Paraphrase) 

My Pop was a contradiction on (short European) legs.

He was Polish, and by virtue of this fact, very generous with food, love and gifts (not the kind you always want…but the heart was there).

Having grown up through one World War in Poland only to fight the war in the air over Europe in another as a young man, he knew deprivation. One of the symptoms was hoarding. If you have known poverty and lack, you hang on to what comes, not trusting that there will be enough tomorrow. I remember Pop finding a long thread on my school uniform hem once – he clipped it, wound it up and gave it to me saying, “save it, you may need it one day.” ….Um, Seriously?

Here the gospel author Matthew throws hoarding and holding back to the wind and implores us to live wide-open generous lives. In fact, he links our wide-open, fearless hospitality, warm welcome and good deeds to peoples warm response to the Father and His offer of salvation! If you have known the depths of His love you know there is ALWAYS enough – there’s no fear of it running out tomorrow…and many more people must be invited to experience it!

This Easter we have a magnificent (and easy!) opportunity to be generous! We have the perfect way to fling open our lives and let our warm generosity and invitation be the reason someone gets to hear the Gospel – maybe for the first or only time they will ever be open to it!

Our Good Friday and Easter Sunday morning Easter experience is such an EASY way to bring people to a warm and generous church so they can hear the Good News. I think its super easy because:

  • people are really open to the idea of church at Easter! It’s low risk!
  • the Easter Invitation is BEAUTIFUL (pick up a bunch on Sunday! It is something you can be proud to give your friends!)
  • the services will be superb – a ‘not to be missed experience’ that you will be glad you have friends in!

So, lets get amongst it and generously bring our friends and family! I can’t wait to meet you and yours over the Easter weekend!

EASTER 2014….”A Story of Pursuit”
We are gathering this Good Friday and Easter Sunday morning to experience the wild pursuit of the Saviour’s love

Good Friday 9.30am …A moving experience of Calvary Love

Easter Sunday Morning 9.30am 
(Giant Easter Egg Hunt for all families straight after church)

* Please Note: There is no Easter Sunday PM Service! This is to help you focus on bringing friends to Good Friday and Sunday morning …and then relax and enjoy your Easter evening with them!

COMING UP: 

  • Fri 18th April – Good Friday Service (special Service!)
  • Sun 20th April – Easter Sunday
  • Wednesday 7th May – Kingdom Builders Dinner (by invitation)
  • Thurs 15th May – Shirelive Women with Jane Grover

Love,

Pastor Kristy

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Apr 4, 2014   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments

I hope you have had a wonderful week!
As many who attended our Sutherland morning service last week will know, Deb & Sam Lenzo have just been appointed as our Pastoral Care Pastors! We are so excited about the plans that God has placed in the hearts of the Lenzos to lift our people care to another level!

If you have friends that are new to church, make sure you bring them in to our Guest Lounge straight after the Sutherland morning service. Pastors Brad and Alison and the team will be there to host you and your friend. The coffee is superb and the home-cooked goodies even better! What a special way to make your friend at home at Shirelive!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. - 2 Corinthians 4:16 (Message Paraphrase) 
 

Last Sunday Pastor Alison preached a beautiful word that ministered to our church on the diversions, delays and detours of life. Listen to the podcast here:http://www.shirelive.com/podcast/.

SO many of us could relate to Pastor Alison’s word! (and if our powerful prayer ministry time was anything to go by, all of us have areas of need that we are looking to the Lord for).

Waiting, unexpected detours and the often baffling turn of circumstances in our lives are common to all humans. Just this week I have spent time with several friends with parents battling cancer, wrote a reference for a friend in a drawn-out wait to hear back about a big job opportunity, grieved with a friend who lost a much loved family pet to a brain tumor and spoke to several friends in the often heart-wrenching season of waiting to fall pregnant or desiring a life partner.

All of these people know Jesus and enjoy a vibrant relationship with Him. It hasn’t made them immune to the often painful diversions, delays and detours that Pastor Alison so beautifully spoke about.

This week in the Shirelive Bible Reading plan, we read 2 Corinthians 4 – 5. 2 Corinthians 4:16 is a powerful encouragement about these times.

During these times of delay, affliction and detour, the temptation can be to feel abandoned by God or feel as if He does not hear us or is not moving on our behalf.

Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians strongly refutes this – not by denying the pain or the conditions of human life (he was beaten, imprisoned, shipwrecked and persecuted…there was no denial going on there!). Rather, Paul looks at the pain, the stretch, the delays etc. and encourages us that in the midst of it God is moving, shaping things that will last for eternity.

Just  as Pastor Alison preached, in the midst of her waiting for a child (for a long time), God was moving in Sarah’s womb. In the midst of David’s rejection in the back paddocks, a shepherd boy was being trained by the Lord to rule as Israel’s greatest earthly king, in the context of a feral priestly household, Samuel was being raised as one of Israel’s greatest prophets and in his horrific struggles (including torture) Paul was used to spread the Gospel throughout the known world.

God is always moving.

He is always redeeming.

He is always healing.

He is always working all things for the good of those that love Him.

That is why Paul can say, For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Corinthians 4:17)

If you are in ‘one of those times’, be encouraged. The Lord loves you and, when it seems things are falling apart, He is moving, making all things new and unfolding His grace to you.

COMING UP: 

  • Fri 18th April – Good Friday Service (special Service!)
  • Sun 20th April – Easter Sunday
  • Wednesday 7th May – Kingdom Builders Dinner (by invitation)
  • Thurs 15th May – Shirelive Women with Jane Grover

Love,

Pastor Kristy

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Mar 27, 2014   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments

Last Sunday was a historic moment in our Church!

Many will be blessed because of the great generosity of Shirelive and its passion to reach people with the message of Jesus Christ!

Church THANK YOU for gathering together around our great call to reach others with the message of Jesus Christ locally and beyond. Your passion, prayer, generosity and responsiveness to where the Spirit of God is leading us is going to bear great fruit.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us so that through the endurance taught in the scriptures and the encouragement that they provide us we might have hope.” Romans 15:4

Every time I see the “Noah” preview I am more than a little captivated. One man, one promise, a faithful and redemptive God, the destruction caused by sin …and the overwhelming plan of grace to overcome and restore humankind is gripping. The modern representation, replete with the most amazing special effects, makes it easy to be reminded of many aspects of the Biblical account of Noah in Genesis (even if it messes with the story a bit…perhaps a lot!).

Stories can do this.

They draw us into a picture that, though it may look different to our own, often bears resemblance…the human emotion, the tension, the fears, the joys, the common struggles and temptations and ….if they are good, stories will encourage, provide hope and teach in a way that captures the hearer. 

Paul tells us in Romans that Scripture was written to do this…to be a source of life to teach, encourage and give us hope. The Bible is full of MANY stories and accounts of God’s interaction with humans over thousands of years, many cultures, various socio economic groups, several languages and a crazy spectrum of circumstances (poets, prostitutes, princes and poor people…all in the same collection of books that make up our Bible!).

But….where do you start? It is a labyrinth – sometimes confusing – which scares us off a daily Bible reading habit.

If you aren’t reading it however, you are missing out on the encouragement, teaching and life-changing hope. 

An easy way in is  Shirelive Bible Reading Plan. It is a bite size reading for each day …about the length of time it takes to have a cup of tea. By the end of the year, you will have read the whole Bible.

EVERY day, I am filled with hope, encouragement and my soul is taught by the Lord as I do the daily Bible Reading Plan.  It will happen the same for you!

Check it out online or grab a bookmark size Bible Reading Plan for April on the door at church this Sunday.

PS. Pastor Tim is about to bust out a two part series in our 6PM services on Noah …it’s going to be epic! 

MIRACLE MISSIONS OFFERING!
Thank you church! Together, our gifts for the Missions work of Shirelive are going to make a HUGE difference!

If you would like to be a part of this there is still time! See our Connect Desk to assist you with your Miracle Missions Offering.

PRAYER 
Our prayer team meets every Wednesday at 7am! They take your prayer requests and the needs of our church and faithfully seek God for answers. Fill in a prayer request and drop it in at the Connect Desk!
See Gill McGregor if you are interested in joining this dynamic team of praying people!

 

COMING UP: 

 

  • Sun 30th March – Noah, An Epic Tale
  • Fri 18th April – Good Friday Service
  • Sun 20th April – Easter Sunday (special Service!)
  • Thurs 15th May – Shirelive Women with Jane Grover

Love,

Pastor Kristy

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Mar 20, 2014   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments

The story of God moving in His world never ceases. The apostle Paul, Jackie Pullinger (who rescued heroine addicts in Hong Kong), Billy Graham, Aussie’s own Dr John Flynn (who loved Jesus and founded Flying Doctors to reach the lost in remote Australia….and Shirelive people are a part of the story!

This Sunday is a historic part of our Missions story….it is Miracle Missions Sunday. You are a part of this chapter…

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“Brothers and sisters, choose seven from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them” – Acts 6:3

What happens when the need, the numbers and the opportunity are simply too much because the Kingdom of God is advancing so rapidly?

We must engage in the Biblical mandate to PRAY, SELECT, SEND….and GIVE!

Here we see an example in the church of Acts where workers simply had to be raised, sent and resourced (to care for widows) because the work was just too much and the opportunity too wonderful for a few!

In this last month we have literally been gob smacked by the magnitude of the reach of Shirelive people and the heart of God for His world. Just for example….

We have seen:

African orphans reached through Mel Warren;
Indonesian villagers reached by the Thistlewaites;
Aussie surfers reached by the Lovells;
South African youth reached by Kelly Lauricella;
Fiji supplied with a nation’s worth of hearing aids by Bronwyn Carabez;
Aussie Indigenous communities reached through Shirelive partnerships;
Local Youth and Kids outreach through Shirelive weekly ministry
Country Towns reached through Jim Peters

…..it is nothing but the Spirit of God who has raised His people to His work

And now, Sunday is our opportunity to do something magnificent together….to prepare a Miracle Offering to honour and supply God’s work and God’s workers from our House!

We are inviting our Church family to PRAY, PREPARE and GIVE together to see something truly miraculous happen…a new chapter being written in the history of God working through Shirelive!

Some fast facts to help keep you in the loop:

One-off  Miracle Offering 
Our Miracle Missions Offering is a one-off offering to support Shirelive Missions endeavours for the next twelve months.

Traditionally Shirelive has engaged in an annual pledge. As of this year, this will be changing to a one-off Miracle Offering. Monthly giving facilities are still available. We have, however, moved to a one-off Miracle offering to provide for our Missions work in the year ahead. We have felt that this is how the Lord is leading us as a local church. Our whole church will be part of Miracle Missions Offering.

Ways to Give:
The people of our church will be giving in the following ways this Sunday:

  • Cash and Cheque (Please make Cheques out to “Shirelive”)
  • Through the “GIVE” card (visa, mastercard)
  • EFT (at the Connect Desk)
  • BPay (contact Shirelive office)
  • Online:

BSB 032-059
Account Number: 201751
Account Name: Shirelive Direct Deposits
Ref: MISSIONS

If you need assistance with any aspect of giving, please call us on 9521 2933 or see the Connect Desk!

Our Missions Partners
After a decade of faithful partnership, we feel our work with our various historic partners is complete. We remain in wonderful relationship with each though the financial partnership has been completed.

We have felt the breath of the Spirit leading us to identify, champion and provide for a number of Shirelive people who have demonstrated a proven call to Missions. We have been OVERWHELMED by the magnitude of what exists in this House and the reach of God through our people. Check out our Missions Month brochure and Shirelive//Missions on YouTube for more details.

COMING UP: 

  • Sun 23rd March – Miracle Missions Offering
  • Fri 18th April – Good Friday Service
  • Sun 20th April – Easter Sunday (special Service!)
  • Thurs 15th May – Shirelive Women with Jane Grover

Love,

Pastor Kristy

Shirelive ENews

Mar 17, 2014   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments

I’m so excited about what God is doing in His wonderful Church!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

For these first four weeks of March we are championing those within Shirelive who have been paying a great price to fulfill their missions calling.

It’s been inspiring to hear of all that our Shirelive family members are doing to reach our local community, our nation and the nations of the world… and trust me, you do not want to miss the next two weeks! We’ll be hearing some remarkable accounts of lives laid down to serve Jesus!

I’ve been overwhelmed with the response of so many from our City and Sutherland Campuses. They’ve been saying to me how blessed they are to hear what God is doing through people in our own church family, and how stirred they are to join in support.

I believe God is stirring something powerful and fresh through our missions vision.

We’ve seen remarkable things happen over the last decade. We’ve played a vital role in establishing outstanding ministries in Indonesia, Japan and elsewhere which are now strong, viable, self-sustaining ministries with their own broad international networks of support.

While we maintain those relationships, and continue to engage with them through treks and other means, we are now being led by the Holy Spirit to turn our attention to releasing those from within our own congregations who have a recognised missions call! 

I believe its a natural overflow of the health of our church. I believe we are going to see a generous and miraculous outflow of support on 23rd March, our Miracle Missions Offering.

It’s an opportunity too good to miss. Let’s all be part of it!

 

NEW SHIRELIVE MOBILE WEBSITE – if you access our website on a mobile device you are going to LOVE our new mobile platform!
 
 March Bible Reading is out and our Website is the best way to access this amazing resource!

COMING UP: 

  • Sun 23rd March – Miracle Missions Offering
  • Fri 18th April – Good Friday Service
  • Sun 20th April – Easter Sunday (special Services!)
  • Thurs 15th May – Shirelive Women with Jane Grover

Richest blessings,

Warren 

Shirelive ENews

Mar 6, 2014   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments

There has been overwhelming feedback from you this week about how exciting our fresh Missions approach is (and how gorgeous the brochure is! Dan Elliott you have a gift! We are blessed!).

There is nothing like seeing our own that are called by God, championed, commissioned and sent!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, “Go south down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and he met the treasurer of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under the Kandake, the queen of Ethiopia.Acts 8:26 – 27a

Need and numbers have very loud voices! Yet, we as people of the Spirit are never called to capitulate to them!  We are called and compelled to follow the Spirit of God.

Philip was in the middle of a revival in Samaria. People were coming to know Jesus en masse. Yet in the middle of it, even before he had had the chance to see them all baptized in the Holy Spirit (Peter and John are sent for this!), the Spirit of God leads him south on a rugged road…to reach ONE person!

He finds an Ethiopian, travelling, reading Isaiah, hungry for the things of God but having no idea where to start. Led by the Spirit, acting in obedience, Philip is able to explain the Scriptures to this man, lead him to salvation, they find water while they are travelling and he is baptized!

It seems baffling that Philip would turn his back on the need of a mass move of God in Samaria to reach ONE Ethiopian, but such is obedience to God. Missions is never a call to be captivated by overwhelming need, but a call to hear and obey the voice of God.

John 3:8 says that, “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” We have sought to hear and obey the Spirit’s call on us as a Church and where He is causing us to focus …and there has been great excitement about what God is doing through Shirelive people!

As we approach our Miracle Missions Offering on 23rd March, open your heart to hear the promptings of the Spirit of God. There is great fruit from flowing with the Spirit of God!

PS. Historical tradition tells us that the Ethiopian treasurer went back and preached the Gospel to the Ethiopian people and it spread rapidly in a revival…God has His purposes!

MISSIONS UPDATE: 
Our very own Kelly Lauricella is flourishing in South Africa! Kelly has been there for just two weeks and has led three women to Jesus, is heavily involved in youth and schools ministry and has run a Bible study in a local jail. Kelly is one of many Shirelive people that have been sent by God to reach people for Him!

SUNDAY AM – SUTHERLAND  9.30am 
Missions Month continues! Chaplaincy, Indigenous Australia, Uni campuses…it’s a pretty awe-inspiring mix! Be a part of what’s happening in Missions week 2!

SUNDAY AM – CITY CAMPUS  10.30am  
 

City Campus embarks on week 2 of Missions Month! Mel Warren has come all the way from some of the poorest areas of Africa give us a window into God’s work there. We will be looking at City based opportunities and lots more!

SUNDAY PM – SUTHERLAND – LOVE ACTUALLY 6pm 
 

Pastor Brad isn’t afraid to “go there”!! He’s going to answer the questions that you were too afraid to ask and inspire you to win in the game of love!

NEW SHIRELIVE MOBILE WEBSITE – if you access our website on a mobile device you are going to LOVE our new mobile platform!
 
 March Bible Reading is out and our Website is the best way to access this amazing resource!

SIP & STITCH – Do you enjoy craft and a good chat? Come and join Jo Mackay and her team for Sip and Stitch, 9am – 12pm every Thursday in the Shirelive foyer. Knitters, sewers, painters etc – all welcome! Morning Tea provided.

COMING UP:

  • Sun 23rd March – Miracle Missions Offering
  • Fri 18th April – Good Friday Service
  • Sun 20th April – Easter Sunday (special Services!)
  • Thurs 15th May – Shirelive Women with Jane Grover

Love,

Ps. Kristy

Shirelive ENews

Feb 27, 2014   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments

As we round off our 21 day Spiritual Bootcamp, FebFast, our sights are set on what God is doing in Missions.

I have been proofing our amazing brochure (Dan Elliott our Art and Media Director is a genius you are going to love it!) and I am freshly wowed by the purposes of God in this area of our church!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. Acts 13:2-3
 

Gods way is sending! There is simply no way of getting around it!

He sends Abraham to a land he knows not, He sends a reluctant Jonah to a hostile Ninevah and he sends Nehemiah back to rebuild a wall! He sends Ruth to accompany her mother in law back to a new homeland and ultimately to mother in the line of Jesus, He sends Deborah and Barak into battle and sends Jeremiah to prophesy to a people who simply wont hear. Ultimately God sends His son.

When we wont be sent, God finds a way to send! Take the tower of Babel for example – when humans wanted to stay and build up, God scatters their languages and sends out!

Here in this passage, we see the fruit of a sending church. Antioch was a church raised by God so that the gospel would continue to travel and be preached far and wide. Through this church, unlike its predecessor, the Jerusalem church, the Kingdom advanced as people were called, anointed and SENT!

Barnabas and Saul (Paul) were sent and because of this, you and I have heard the Gospel, read Paul’s writings and have been profoundly impacted. That one act of sending a called man or woman has an immeasurable effect that only heaven knows.

This week we enter into our Missions Month, which culminates with a Miracle Offering Sunday on 23rd March. You are going to be wowed by how much sending is going on – of Shirelive people! Our people are our hidden treasure – the gold that God has forged and shaped to send to local, interstate and global missions.

This Sunday we kick off Missions Month in our AM service. We are a sending church – we are thrilled that you are part of this adventure!

SUNDAY AM – SUTHERLAND  9.30am 
We are a sending church! Come and get in on the action as we launch Missions Month with a smorgasbord of incredible stories!

SUNDAY AM – CITY CAMPUS  10.30am  
 

City Campus champions Missions powerfully! Come and hear where the next chapter is taking us in this great sending adventure!

SUNDAY PM – SUTHERLAND – LOVE ACTUALLY 6pm 
 

Doc Reardon is in the house! Dave is famous for his one liners, being married to a YouTube celebrity (Ann his incredible wife!) but mostly for helping people navigate the treacherous waters of love! You are going to love what Dave brings!

NEW SHIRELIVE MOBILE WEBSITE – if you access our website on a mobile device you are going to LOVE our new mobile platform!
 
 March Bible Reading is out and our Website is the best way to access this amazing resource!

Love,

Ps. Kristy

Shirelive ENews

Feb 19, 2014   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments

It’s been an incredible start to the year! Vision Sunday, Life Group Expo …and this week the launch of Shirelive Women (this Thursday! Read on for more details!)

I love our church and each week I am freshly gladdened to hear new stories of God’s goodness emerge!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” Isaiah 43:19 

Remembering and forgetting! There is such a tension! I like to remember family holidays at my grandparents sheep farm in Victoria, yet I want to forget the fear and loneliness of my mother being ill for long periods of time. I want to enjoy memories of uni days but I want to embrace the possibility of new chapters that God wants to write!

Isaiah 43 holds that tension. Here God reminds Israel of his love, care and great deliverance of them from Egypt. While they are stuck in Babylonian captivity He reminds them of His rescue the last time they were in that situation.

Yet, there comes a time in the passage where the prophet says, “forget”! He does this because He knows if the people get too caught up remembering, they won’t be able to embrace the new thing – the new rescue, the new day, the new move that God wants to affect in them. God had plans to deliver them, and He wanted (and subsequently did!) move in a powerful NEW way to bring them into their promise. 

God has a new day, a new season and a new thing for you! Remember His past goodness…but make room for a day of “new beginnings! Just like Vicki Simpson prophesied over us in January, this is the year of the start-up for Shirelive! We are seeing great courage rising in the heart of our church and there is a new thing breaking forth! Let’s embrace the new day!

PS. WE BELIEVE IN ANOINTED BUSINESS PEOPLE! This Sunday morning Pastor Brad (Sutherland Campus) and Pastor Shane (City Campus) and the team will be anointing and praying for business owners, industry leaders, business people and those that feel they are growing in a call to the corporate sector. Spread the word! This will be happening at CITY & SUTHERLAND CAMPUSES

SHIRELIVE WOMEN! We are launching! It’s time to start up! We cannot wait to see you THIS THURSDAY at 7pm! Delicious treats, great atmosphere, fun faith-filled word from Pastor Alison – it is going to be one of those nights! Please call Reception to RSVP your place p. 9521 2933.

SUNDAY AM – SUTHERLAND  9.30am 
It’s time to come back to a heart of worship! Pastor Brad has a word percolating in his heart to stir our faith to become true worshippers.

SUNDAY AM – CITY CAMPUS  10.30am  
 

Our City Campus is rising! Come and have your faith built as Pastor Kristy preaches the Word.

SUNDAY PM – SUTHERLAND – LIVE AT THE CHAPEL! 6pm 
 

This Sunday PM will be a not-to-be missed worship experience! Time to linger in God’s presence, space for the Spirit of God to minister to your heart, time to let faith arise as we seek Him!

FebFast: Our 21 Day Spiritual Bootcamp continues this week! Download our FebFast Manual at www.shirelive.com
 
This manual includes:

  • Info on how to fast / what fasts to choose from
  • FAQs
  • A 21 day daily devotional

NEW SHIRELIVE MOBILE WEBSITE – if you access our website on a mobile device you are going to LOVE our new mobile platform!

THIS WEEK…..
 
Shirelive Tuesday Prayer Meetings continue this week!
 
Corporate prayer is one of the most powerful weapons known to man!
 
See you at 6am till 7am for an hour of power!

COMING UP:

  • FebFast PRAYER 25th Feb, 6am – 7am.
  • Shirelive Women Launch! Thurs 20th Feb
  • March Missions Month
  • “Love Actually?” …This is our March  PM series! It’s all about helping you build life-giving relationships

Love,

Ps. Kristy

Shirelive ENews

Feb 14, 2014   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments

HEY CHURCH! It’s Valentine’s Day!

As I was baking cupcakes for my friend’s bridal shower last night I had the movie “Julie and Julia” in the background! I love this flick and as Paul in the movie said to his wife Julie, “You are the bread to my butter and the breath to my life” I smiled!

You may feel a little cynical about the commercialism, perhaps sensitive because you are single and not stoked about that or simply “too married with kids” to care for ‘romantic nonsense’! But…indulge me!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
And don’t be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there. God, not your marital status, defines your life. – 1 Corinthians 7:17 (MSG)

One of the key characters in the movie, Julie a young New Yorker, is having a“what am I doing with my life” moment. She is in a good marriage, but her general discontent and ‘soul search’ is even throwing doubt on this! She wishes she was “some place else” and even has thoughts that perhaps she might like to be “with someone else”.

Perhaps you relate to Julie. You might be single and thinking abundant life starts when you find the girl of your dreams – who is probably in another church! Or, perhaps you are married and it’s challenging, and you are thinking the grass is much greener somewhere else. Perhaps you are struggling with identity issues and you find the whole area of relationships confounding.

In the Message paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 7:17 Paul strongly encourages us tolive and obey and love and believe right where we are…that where you are now – married, single, challenged or content – God has grace for you! He wants to empower you to live the abundant life in Him right where you are!

Furthermore, he calls it straight: “God, not your marital status, defines your life”!

During this prayer and fasting season, God is calling us deeper into His love, calling us to be defined by intimacy with Him, calling us to breakthrough, right where we are!

This Valentines Day may you be overcome, in the words of the famous hymn, by a “love divine, all love’s excelling” and may you know what it is to have your life defined by Him!

SUNDAY AM – SUTHERLAND  9.30am – LG EXPO SUNDAY!

It’s our Life Group Expo Sunday! Come and join the party & check out the fun department stalls in the foyer! Pastors Brad and Larissa will be bringing a powerful word on why we are better together in Life Groups!

SUNDAY AM – CITY CAMPUS  10.30am

City Campus is renowned for its passion for great community!  Pastor Shane will be bringing a powerful word on why we are better together in Life Groups!

SUNDAY PM – SUTHERLAND 6pm

Sunday nights are a time to receive fresh ministry from the Spirit of God! Pastor Brad has something powerful to impart this Sunday night!

TOMORROW (Saturday 10am) our amazing Creative Department is hosting auditions! We know there are hidden treasures in our church, so whether you are into (or want to learn) about lighting, sound, media or music, head to up to church and be a part of the fun!

FebFast: Our 21 Day Spiritual Bootcamp kicked off this week! Download our FebFast Manual at www.shirelive.com

This manual includes:

  • Info on how to fast / what fasts to choose from
  • FAQs
  • A 21 day daily devotional

NEW SHIRELIVE MOBILE WEBSITE – if you access our website on a mobile device you are going to LOVE our new mobile platform!

THIS WEEK…..

Shirelive Tuesday Prayer Meetings continues this week!

Corporate prayer is one of the most powerful weapons known to man!

See you at 6am till 7am for an hour of power!

COMING UP:

  • FebFast PRAYER – 18th , 25th Feb, 6am – 7am.
  • Creative Recruitment – Sat 15th Feb, 10am.
  • Life Group Expo! – Sun 16th Feb, AM
  • Shirelive Women Launch! Thurs 20th Feb.

Love,

Ps. Kristy

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