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St Paul

29 June—this Monday—is the Day of St Peter and St Paul. They are commemorated together because of their martyrdom in Rome during the Neronian persecution about 64CE. The two apostles also have their individual feast days (St Paul on 25 January; St Peter on 22 February). That means we could celebrate the patronal festival twice a year. Well, after the coronavirus experience…

Duty of Care

You will notice that in this newsletter there is also an announcement from the Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry. As a church we have to be aware that abuse of children often has not been addressed adequately in the past, that oversight was not satisfactory. Often the Church did not have due process in place or did not follow such…

Small groups

“Grow in Faith” is part of our mission statement. There are many ways in which growth in faith can be encouraged. Regular prayer and reading the Bible and other good literature can help. Coming together as church is also important. It is widely recognised that sharing in small groups helps us to grow in faith. We can explore the Bible and faith…

Ordinary Time

It was good to gather again in the Church on Pentecost. Today is Trinity Sunday. With Trinity Sunday we revert again to Ordinary Time, that part of the liturgical calendar that falls outside the major seasons such as Advent, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter. Throughout Ordinary Time we are not commemorating the major events in the life of Jesus — such as his…

Pentecost

The word Pentecost comes from the Greek pentēkostós—“fifitieth”, referring to the fifty days (seven weeks) between the start of the grain harvest and the “harvest festival” at the end of grain harvest period (both barley and wheat) observed by Jews (Leviticus 23:15:21). Over time the festival at the start of the grain harvest had combined with the Passover, so that Pentecost always…

Harvest time

The day we returned to New Zealand from Switzerland, an old family friend died. I was the executor of the estate, so she must have had some trust in me. I had not seen her for nearly three years, but I did go to her funeral. At the funeral we were given a packet of wildflower seeds, but somehow I never had…

Home prayer and devotion

It will be some weeks yet until we will be able to meet again in the Church. Maybe it is at a time like this when we think again about our prayer life at home. I think there are many different habits of that, and we will probably adjust as our situations change. Having children certainly also influenced my daily routine in…

Tim writes …

While some of the most stringent restrictions of the Lockdown may end soon, the country will still be determined by the response to COVID-19 for some time. Public worship services will not recommence before we are at Level 2: the Bishop will issue further instructions when and how such services may be celebrated and to what extent we can open the church…

The visions of humans and the plans of God

It may seem like a distant memory now, but some of you may still be able to visualize the film we watched at our film night in early March. It was called “All Saints” and retold the real story of how the All Saints Church in Smyrna, Tennessee, avoided closure. The Episcopalian rector at the church knew that God told him to…

These little ones

I decided to raise a political issue today, while we are all safely tucked away in our bubbles. By the time you see me again, you might forgive me for that. Anyone listening to my sermons closely might have noticed that now and then there are political undertones just beneath the surface. Indeed faith cannot be fully separated from politics.               Recently…