Reflection 2 December – First Sunday in Advent

|| Jeremiah 29:4-7 & John 1:1-5, 9-14 Advent 1 – Space – God’s & Ours || A reflection by Dan Spragg.  I love this verse: “The Word became flesh and made his home among us…” (John 1:14 CEB) Other versions say, ‘lived among us…’ or ‘dwelt among us…’ The Message...

Reflection 18 November

John 8:1-11 | A Reflection by Dan Spragg  One of the gifts that I was given during my time in Wales was the opportunity to connect with some of my extended family on my Father’s side. He was born in Wales, but immigrated to NZ when he was just four years old. I was...

Reflection 11 November – Rev. David Coster

James 3:13-4:3 & Matthew 18:1-7 Feeling Good About Ourselves and others  The Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi until a month or so ago was not really known to most of us. Now we all know who he is. Why? Because the rulers of Saudi Arabia seemingly had him executed when...

Reflection 4 November

4-11-18 1 Kings 19:1-13 & Matthew 13:44-53 Pearl and field and the still small voice Reflection by Mart the Rev Later this month the clock ticks over declaring that I have been an ordained minister for thirty years.  I’m not quite sure what that really means – mostly,...

Reflection 28 October – Rev. Phil Wall

You’ll know by now that one of the greatest joys for me in this exchange has been to walk alongside you for a time, to get to know you a little, to hear your stories and see what God, the Church, the world looks like from your perspective. It really has been a...

Report from General Assembly 2018

General Assembly 2018 Report It is really great to be able to genuinely say thank you for the opportunity to be a commissioner at this year’s General Assembly.  It’s great because I’m not that sure that thank you is a response that many have felt after attending some...

Reflection 14 October – Rev. Phil Wall

Mark 10:17-31 – What’s the question? Phil Wall So, I hope you’ve got the message by now that I’m hugely enjoying my time with you. From kids’ clubs to fly bys; music making to foot massaging; contemplative services to Scottish shindigs, I’ve felt welcomed, included...

Reflection 30 September – Rev. Phil Wall

Matthew 25:31-46 Let me take you on a journey to soggy old England. It’s 1622, you’re making the most out of your existence and in amongst the daily grind of poverty, plague and pestilence, you’ve heard that the Church…the institution to which you look for hope of a...

Reflection 23 September

Matthew 25:1-13 Sometimes we wait in darkness Reflection by Mart the Rev Last weekend The Village hosted a small workshop where Dunedin singer Malcolm Gordon led some reflections and songs on grief and lament.  It was a rich time.  It became obvious very early on that...

Reflection 16 September – Rev. Phil Wall

The Faithful and Unfaithful Servant: Matthew 24:45-51 – Rev Phil Wall So, back in the UK, there is a BBC radio program called ‘Desert Island Discs’. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. It’s a fascinating show in which the great and the good – politicians, scientists, athletes...