Sunday 15 August 2021

A People Fully Alive

Restored, Resourced, Released  Isaiah 61:1-3; John 10:10

Today is  15 August  Sunday 2021

We welcome you to our Service where we gather together not as those who have our lives perfectly sussed out, but as fellow pilgrims on a journey. We meet to acknowledge God’s power through the Holy Spirit in our lives, to celebrate and to affirm that we are not our own  – we belong to God and belong to one another because of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ.


1 John 4:16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

We know as Christians that we have a heavenly father who loves us beyond all measure no matter who we are. And we know that if we Love God and want to live in him that we too must Love! not just say we love but live in Love! And as we do that God will live in us and shine through us. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?! However, to Love fully and to show love to others can be hard, it can lead to hurt, but we should not avoid love because of that. Jesus Hurt because he loved. We see that in his weeping for his friend Lazarus, in his weeping over the city of Jerusalem, but he did not stop loving, he gave his life because he loved. To love is hard, raw, emotional and draining but we must Love because God calls us to live in him and he is Love. 

I have witnessed that LOVE being lived out fully over the past few months despite the pain that has caused the givers of that love sometimes. I have seen the kind of love that only God can give because it hurts so much. I have questioned myself do I love like this? It has been a real challenge to me, to not just say this is what we are called to but to live it out. To believe that the Love God has given me is love that is more than enough to give out to others. And I have also been encouraged that despite the heavy weight that call of God is on our lives, we are not in it alone. This church is a family and shows itself to be such, as we support and look out for others in their struggles and in their efforts to love one another and to love the unlovable. With this behind us and the knowledge we can rely on the love that God has for us, let us continue to LOVE.       Jo Knowles

Today’s Worship Leader is  Rob Craigie and the Speaker is  Jonathan Robinson

Junior Kids : Rachel Robinson

Senior Kids : Mike Tonks

Welcome Team:  Judy Buswell & Fiona Elder

Morning Tea:   Andrew & Tongsiew

Zoom trainee is  Evelyn Craigie 😉

Church Office Hours  –  All our church staff work part-time and have different work times in the office. The office is open on Mondays generally 9am– 3pm.

Tongsiew works Mondays  to  Wednesdays  10– 1pm and Saturdays 1-3pm.

To contact any of the staff, please email them directly at (Jo Knowles) or (Tongsiew) 

Pastor Contact You can contact our Pastor, Jonathan Robinson at or by phone 4554477, 0284210708 (please don’t ring after 9pm, except in emergencies ). 

Foodbank: Donations of basic food items are appreciated for the Presbyterian Support Foodbank. There is a labelled box under the foyer table. Please be sure to replace it if it has to be removed for a particular event.

Contributions to the Newsletter: We welcome church members to contribute a praise item, bit of news or something that will encourage everyone. Email or drop a wee note to Tongsiew at – deadline is usually Friday evening of every  week unless advised otherwise.

Relocation of church printer :  The church printer has been relocated to the church office in the foyer. If you need access to the printer for ministry printing etc , please contact Tongsiew for access details.    New wifi password : The church wifi password has changed (haha..!!) so if you need to have access, please contact Tongsiew.

Home Groups At MBC   Home groups provide an opportunity to have some concentrated time of fellowship and support, bible study and equipping and prayer that everyone can take part in. If you are not yet part of a Home Group we encourage you to think about being part of one. Please contact a person below in the first instance, as venues may vary. If you are unsure please see James Watson who will provide more information.

People to ContactDay/Time of MeetingPhone number
Bruce & Annemarie MunroAlt. Mon                               7.30 pm0276764610
Rachel RoeAlt. Mon                               7.30 pm4879500
Jo & Stephen KnowlesAlt. Tues                              8.00 pm4544742
James Watson ( Men’s Group)Alt. Wed                               7.30pm4555856
Diane Hutchinson (Women’s Group)Thurs (term time)                  1-3 pm4550443

Sharing & Caring……

Attention Parents: Our neighbouring property no. 133, is undergoing major renovations!! Children must not enter the property, throw balls/things  nor  spy over the fence  – this is a request from the new owners.

More than Music workshop  on 16 August     As previously advertised we are booked in for a training event with Grant Norsworthy, producer of the New Zealand “Blessing” video and Dove award winning CCM musician (

FABULOUS NIGHT OF QUIZ-TASTIC FUN.   Do you know which is taller: Auckland’s Sky Tower or Paris’s Eiffel Tower? Do you know which is deeper: The Kermadec Trench or the Philippine Trench? Are you full of facts that need to be released?  Never fear, Tearfund’s Big Quiz is almost here!  On Saturday the 21st of August, churches from across New Zealand will be taking part. Save the date. Tell your mate. Don’t be late…. It’s Quiz time! Register at

Or just come along and join in at Musselburgh Baptist Church Saturday 21st August doors open 6.30pm quiz starting at 7pm Suggested donation is $10 per adult or $5 per child. However we welcome everyone to join us for the fun and fellowship regardless of what you can afford. We will have shared Dessert together so please bring your favourite dessert.

Kids Ministry @ MBC  

 If you are new to our church family we would like you to know that  your kids are very welcome. We have a space up the front right where younger children can come and sit on a rug and cushions and draw and play and as a family feel free to use this space during the service.  We also have a pretty cool creche out past the kitchen where you can take your little ones (preschool) to play.

Our program for 5yrs-11yrs is run upstairs during school term time. Preschoolers are welcome in the program but a parent or older sibling may need to be present to help. We share morning tea, have a bible story, craft and games.

There is also a Sunday morning program for teens, and a youth group on Fridays.

Sharing n Caring………

5 Minute Park for our church !!!!  Finally, after a large reserve  of patience and  some amount of  begging, DCC has granted us our 5 minute allotted parking.  Use it wisely!

Truth for Youth is a Christian apologetics weekend retreat at CYC Waihola from Friday, August 20, to Sunday, August 22. Although geared toward 15-25 year olds, any age may attend, including families. The cost is $50 for day visitors and $70 for those staying overnight, meals included. Sign up is at

Faith Thinking   August-November 2021

Short Courses jointly offered by the Theology Programme, University of Otago and some Dunedin Churches in conjunction with Continuing Education at the University of Otago.

Faith Thinking on Zoom Wednesday August 18, 7.00-8.15pm

“It’s all Greek to me! The New Testament in Text & Translation”

Dr Katie Marcar, Theology Programme, University of Otago

COST: Free but please register to receive the Zoom link

  Faith Thinking on Zoom Tuesday September 14,  7.00-8.15pm

“Contours of an Ecological Theology for the 21stCentury”  Dr Andrew Shepherd, Theology Programme, University of Otago

COST: Free but please register to receive the Zoom link


Friday September 17 (7-9pm) and Saturday September 18 (9am-12.30pm)

“Finding Faith in ‘Secular’ Times: What can we learn about Christian witness from the experiences of recent converts to Christianity?”

Dr Lynne Taylor, Theology Programme, University of Otago

Simpson Room, Dunedin City Baptist Church, 19 Main South Road, Concord, Dunedin

COST: $20. Please register for this

 Faith Thinking on Zoom Wednesday October 13, 7.00-8.15pm

“Decolonising our Faith: Indigenising our faith in the soil of Aotearoa New Zealand”

Dr Wayne Te Kaawa, Theology Programme, University of Otago

COST: Free but please register to receive the Zoom link

Faith Thinking on Zoom Tuesday November 2, 7.00-8.15pm

“Health and Healing: Theological and Pastoral Considerations”

Dr Graham Redding, Lecturer in Chaplaincy Studies, Theology Programme, University of Otago  COST: Free but please register to receive the Zoom link.


Email:         Phone: +64 3 479 9181                   

Term 3, 2021 dates for your diary

Saturday 21st August, evening: Tearfund Big Quiz Night

Sunday 12th September, evening: TCSF presents, The Mark Drama

Saturday 16th October: Otago Southland Baptist Association AGM

Sunday 7 November, 10am: Creative Offerings Service (note date change)

MBC Prayer Events

CAP prayer meeting first Tuesday of the month at 9am at church

If you have a prayer request or want to join the prayer team contact Diane Hutchinson at phone 455-0443

or email .Please remember to use the prayer box at the back of the church if you want the prayer team to pray for anything specific in confidence. If you need prayer for sickness or other matters please contact one of the Elders.

Donations to the Church the church’s bank account number is 030881-0053478-00 for automatic payments to make a regular contribution to the church, or to make a one-off donation electronically. Receipts for all donations made during the financial year (which ends in March) will be issued in April.

New Offering Envelopes :  We are now providing Offering/Tithe Envelopes  for members and it is available at  the front table in the foyer.  If you wish to have a tax receipt for your giving at the end of our financial year(31 March), please put your name on the envelope. If you wish to have a tithe number, please contact Tongsiew  for it.

Missed a sermon or want to hear it again? Want to check out the notes? Just head to to check it out. All messages from the last few years are available on line.

Items for the Newsletter –. Please send items for the newsletter to Tongsiew at with Newsletter in the subject box. Deadline is Friday evening please.

New to MBC?  We love to welcome new folks and visitors to MBC. If you are new or have been attending our services for a while, Tongsiew would like to say hi and get your contact details (if that’s ok) so that you can be included into our church email list. Our pastor sends out a midweek epistle and it is always such an encouragement to read it during our quiet time or daily devotional.  Please speak to Tongsiew or email her at with your contact details.

Musselburgh Baptist Church, 131 Musselburgh Rise, Dunedin 9013 or contact   phone 03-4562065  for more information