Reflection 15 April

Luke 24:13-32 and Matthew 13:44-53 Reflection by Anne Stewart. Following the shadow and finding hidden treasures … One of things that I love about gardening is discovering something I didn’t know I had. Sounds odd but sometimes things make their way into my garden and...

Reflection 8 April

Luke 12:13-21 Reflection by Anne Stewart I wonder how your crops have performed in this, slightly over the top, gardening season. Can you remember a season quite like it – when your lawn was a vivid green all summer.  I hear stories of the abundance of grapes,...

Awe and Delight at Easter – 1 April

Awe & Delight by Mart the Rev Home Hills Run Road, Central Otago – by Andrew Norton May the road rise to meet you. That, of course, is the opening line of the well-known Irish blessing. May the road rise to meet you.  It’s an interesting idea – the road rising. ...

Easter Sunday 1 April

John 20:1-18 Easter Sunday Reflection by Mart the Rev Later this year I will have been a Presbyterian Minister for 30 years! I have an admission to make to you (don’t tell anyone!), I still cannot explain the resurrection of Jesus! I know this is a tragic failure on...

Reflection 18 March

Matthew 13:24-30 The Weeds and the Wheat Part 2 Reflection by Mart the Rev We are in a season of thinking about how to do and be church by using the parables of Jesus as a guide, and we are having a second look at the parable of the weeds among the wheat. Last week we...

Reflection 11 March

Matthew 13:24-30 Anxiety & Playfulness Reflection by Mart the Rev We’re taking a look at the parables of Jesus as a way of thinking about how to do and be church. This week, and next week, we are reflecting on the parable of the weeds among the wheat – you might...

Reflection 4 March

Mark 8:34-37 & John 12:23-25 A Reflection by Dan Spragg. I seem to get strangely curious when we encounter passages like these. Curious because these are the sorts of ones that we tend to avoid, react to, decide that we don’t like, or write off, usually using the...

Reflection 25 February

 Mark 4:26-32 | More seeds! Growth, but what kind? | Dan Spragg A few years back I wrote my own parable. ‘The Parable of the Dandelion’, it goes like this: To what can we compare the Kingdom of God? It is like the Dandelion that appears in the garden before the...

Guest Reflection 18 February

 The Rev David Coster Acts 28:23-31 and Mark 4: 1-9 Are you listening? Really listening? Joy and I have three grandsons – Kotaro, William and Issa. We also have a wee granddaughter of twenty months, Mia. The three grandsons all have ipads and Mia, envying them, wishes...

Reflection 11 February

Exodus 3:1-6 & Mark 2:18-22 Old & new wineskins Reflection by Mart the Rev I wonder what you think Jesus meant when he talked of the new wineskins. The parable/metaphor comes very early in the Jesus stories.  Just a little later Jesus and his disciples are...