Newsletter 3 Sep. 2021

to our ROCSDA Newsletter for Friday, 3 September 2021.

Church closed this Sabbath due to lockdown so no church bulletin this


Encouragement and Hope During COVID-19

“Lord, teach us to number our days.” That is the prayer of the Psalmist
(90:12) who in difficult times exhorts the pursuit of wisdom and perspective,
which involves honest reflections about life and its currently harsh
circumstances, and also pleads for the Lord his God to rescue him and his

All of us are troubled by the circumstances around us and, as the Psalmist
reminds us, we too need perspective. The pressure of unusual
circumstances, sudden changes in our daily routines, and the necessity of
developing new skills—all these things require reflection and the faithful
(re)alignment of our thinking and work toward both the realities around us
and the purposes of the God we serve.

To gain a wise perspective, we have to face our fears. Fears can be healthy
or exaggerated—and sometimes paralyzing. It takes wisdom to admit that
there are dangers around us that need to be properly, and fearfully,
respected, and it takes wisdom to see through the exaggerations and fearmongering of those who use the pains of others for their benefit.

We must face these days of fear and testing—not passively accept them or
capitulate to them. These can and should be days of renewed worship,
rededicated service, care, friendship, work, and love. We must be alert to the
stranger among us, and we must love one another and be kind to one
another as God in Christ has been merciful to us (Ephesians 4:32-5:2).

Unknown Source

This Sabbath at Royal Oak Digital Church, 4 September 2021

Royal Oak Interactive Sabbath School via ZOOM


Royal Oak Seventh-day Adventist Church is inviting you to a scheduled
Zoom meeting.

Topic: Royal Oak SDA Church Interactive Sabbath School
Time: Sep 4, 2021 09:00 AM Auckland, Wellington

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 919 6638 4561
{Contact Sabbath School Teacher for Passcode}

SS Classes & Timing
A. Adult Lesson with Mark Ryan / 9 am sharp
B. Isaiah–Dying for Jesus Class with Elizabeth Ostring/ 9:10 am
C. Sanctuary Class with Charl / 9:15 am
D. Gospels Class with Dion / 9:20 am
E. YOUTH Sabbath School Class with Theresa (15-21 y.o.) / 9:25 am
F. PRIMARY Sabbath School Class with Karina / 9:30 am
G. BEGINNER AND KINDERGARTEN Sabbath School Class with Linda
Nicholls and Cheryl Krissansen / 9:35 am
H. TEENS Sabbath School Class with Mary Ellen Kenyon / 9:40 am
J. JUNIOR Sabbath School Class with Genevieve and Roland Ostring
/ 9:45 am
K. Spanish Language Sabbath School Class with Martin Luna / 11:00 am


Royal Oak Seventh-day Adventist Church is inviting you to a scheduled
Zoom meeting.

Topic: Royal Oak Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Zoom Meeting –
Young Adults Sabbath School Class
Time: Sep 4, 2021 02:00 PM Auckland, Wellington
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 949 5981 6915
{Contact Teachers for Passcodes}

  1. Royal Oak Sabbath Sermon YouTube Streaming at 11 am this

Our preacher on YouTube this Sabbath is Dion Fourie. His topic is “From
the Pit to the Palace”:
1 Peter 4
12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which
is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to
the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is
revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
As sinful human beings, we don’t look forward to painful experiences. In fact,
when they come, we usually complain to God, and ask Him to remove them
as soon as possible. During this Covid lockdown, we have no deadlines to
meet, and therefore have the perfect opportunity to spend more time with
God, to grow our relationship with Him. And yet we hear so many
complaints, so many expressions of doubt and fear. When we do that, we
show that the God we worship, is very small in our eyes, and we forget that
we grow the most during the bad times, because we can give our problems
to God, and watch as He sorts them out.
This Sabbath we will study one of God’s most successful servants in
Scripture, and how God led him through very bad experiences, in order to
grow his character to the point where he could fulfill God’s plan for his life,
and be a saviour to thousands of people.
Dion Fourie


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