Call Je­sus for sup­port, dial 111 in a cri­sis

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring - SAN­DRA HUNTER

There is lit­tle doubt that Mata­mata’s emer­gency ser­vices are ap­pre­ci­ated by ev­ery­one.

Ev­ery minute, ev­ery day and ev­ery night sees po­lice, fire and am­bu­lance per­son­nel re­spond to those in need – and of­ten at per­sonal cost to themselves.

Mata­mata’s St An­drew’s Pres­by­te­rian Church de­cided to show its ap­pre­ci­a­tion in a tan­gi­ble way by invit­ing emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel and the re­cently-es­tab­lished Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Pa­trol, as well as their fam­i­lies, to a Sun­day ser­vice de­signed to specif­i­cally ask a bless­ing on their work.

With St An­drew’s Day, which cel­e­brates the pa­tron saint of Scot­land where the Pres­by­te­rian Church has its roots, cel­e­brated on November 30, the church lead­er­ship saw this month, as a highly ap­pro­pri­ate time to hon­our the ser­vices.

At the November 6 ser­vice, St An­drew’s con­gre­ga­tion stood in re­spect as the uni­formed per­son­nel filed into the church be­hind the St John stan­dard bearer.

Fol­low­ing Rev Mur­ray Lam­bert’s wel­come, Joe Beattie, part of St An­drew’s church fam­ily and re­tired min­is­ter, led the ser­vice and de­liv­ered the ser­mon.

Beattie, who has pre­vi­ously or­gan­ised sim­i­lar ser­vices in other cen­tres, told the emer­gency ser­vices that he had the ut­most re­spect for the 24/7 work that they did and the man­ner in which they of­ten put themselves at risk in the line of duty.

‘‘I couldn’t do what you do,’’ he told them. ‘‘I take my hat off to each one of you.’’

It was clear dur­ing Beattie’s chil­dren’s talk that, while the young­sters knew they could turn to Je­sus for spir­i­tual sup­port, all they had to do to in a cri­sis was to dial 111.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Mayor and St An­drew’s El­der Jan Barnes prayed for the emer­gency ser­vices and asked a bless­ing on them, their work and their fam­i­lies.

At the end of the ser­vice, the con­gre­ga­tion stood and ap­plauded the emer­gency per­son­nel as they filed out to stand by their ve­hi­cles where Beattie asked a bless­ing on them and their ve­hi­cles.

Af­ter­wards, ev­ery­one en­joyed a BBQ lunch siz­zled by Rev Lam­bert and his fam­ily, with dessert slices cour­tesy of Fire­side.

The Mata­mata Pres­by­te­rian Church re­cently held a bless­ing ser­vice for the towns emer­gency ser­vices.

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