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From Pastor Jacqui Caetano (20Nov2022)

I attended the Auckland Prayer Breakfast on Thursday this week. NZ Christian Network and the Auckland Pastor’s Association make every effort to pull churches together to prayer for our city. It is so good I attend every year. Apart from seeing friends and colleagues, it was a great opportunity to pray for Auckland. We heard from councillors and community networkers about the social state of our city. More than ever before, businesses in the CBD have struggled to survive, mental health issues have soared and many more people find themselves destitute. What riled me most was the internal brokenness families are experiencing that 1 in 5 children don't have enough to eat and attend school having had no breakfast. Evidence of injustice is everywhere. Some have far too much and others have far too little. The disparity is becoming more and more evident in our city.
As we gather to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, we give thanks for what we have and also think about ways we can give to those who do not have much. As we enter into a time of ADVENT, the time in the church calendar when we anticipate celebrating the birth of Christ, and anticipate the second coming of Christ! Our theme this year is "THE WAY OF LOVE, Practices for a Jesus -Centred Life." We will do a couple of things together to help Auckland City Mission prepare for Christmas. Blessings to you all.
Pastor Jacqui


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From Pastor Jacqui Caetano (13Nov2022)

November the 11th at 11 minutes past 11 am, we commemorate Armistice Day, when in 1918, Germany and the Allied Forces signed an agreement that brought an end to the First World War and all fighting ceased. Peace bells rang out, and soldiers finally returned home to their families. Over a century later, the 11th of November has become a day when many nations remember those who have lost their lives and honour military veterans. And so today, in the face of great suffering and war between Russia and Ukraine, ongoing war in Burma, Afghanistan and Myanmar, we continue to pray for peace remembering the profound Christian truth that Jesus is our prince of peace and true peace is only found in Him. God not only understands and sees the pain and trauma these people are experiencing, but identifies with them in his suffering on the cross. Because of the cross, we identify with people suffering! God is not distant or detached from pain and suffering as we see in Micah 5, God’s Spirit energises Micah and those who are suffering with him under the injustices of unchecked leaders who rule themselves with no accountability, God gets angry about it and does something about it. Each one of us must be accountable to someone for our actions. As a church we do that for one another and church is that for us. Sometimes being at church can be difficult, but we can weep for this world and stand up for what is right. What riles you enough to make speak up like Micah does.
Pastor Jacqui


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From Pastor Jacqui Caetano (06Nov2022)

I am writing from a spectacular Hui! I so enjoy being at he heart of our National Baptist Conference learning from great minds oooozing with experience and wisdom. I’m at a place where past colleagues, annual acquaintances and long term relationships meet with hugs and smiles, much joy and eating. It’s wonderful being part of the conversations and stories that are hard to bring to a halt because we have had so much to catch up on!! Hui is great and I’m coming away richly blessed, better equipped, supported and assured of my priorities and purpose of my calling to preach the gospel of Christ, and to help the church to keep our eyes firmly on Him. Jesus was so deeply moved with compassion for people suffering. As his followers, wee are called to do the same. Yet, in New Zealand, it may be quite difficult to see where this deep suffering is when our eyes are on ourselves and on our own suffering. However, when we look up to Jesus, we notice others with the greater need. We so need each other to recognise Jesus in others and follow the calling Jesus calls us into. Francis has just had knee replacement surgery, I ask if you could please pray for him this week. His biggest risk is infection which is a huge complication. Thank you heaps ❤
Pastor Jacqui