Reflection 29 July

John 6:1-21 Turning up and being willing to share, that’s how miracles happen. Reflection by Mart the Rev This year we are walking through most of the parables of Jesus and thinking about what they might have to say about how to do and be church.   Of course, the two...

Reflection 22 July

 || Luke 18:2-8 || a reflection by Dan Spragg While I was beginning my work on the sermon this week I noticed a little marker at the end of verse 5 in the parable indicating there was a footnote to be read. So, I went down the bottom to read the footnote and here is...

Reflection 15 July

Matthew 20:1-16 and Isaiah 40:3-8 Reflection by Anne Stewart Rumour has it that Martin has been preaching up a storm over the past couple of weeks, leaving me with a bit of work to do this morning if I am to try to live up to what he has been offering.  I just want to...

Reflection 8 July

Luke 16:19-31 The Rich Man & Lazarus Reflection by Mart the Rev This is such a confronting parable.  When I first sat with it this week I wrote this prayer/poem thing: I want to hear.  I want to listen carefully and I want to listen deeply. I want to listen even if...

Reflection 1 July

Luke 16:1-9 & 10-15 Not everything is to be understood Reflection by Mart the Rev I started out preparing this reflection by typing these words: “This is the impossible parable! Avoid it!”  For nearly 30 years I have done exactly that.  But this year, as I prepared...

Reflection 24 June

 || Jeremiah 2:4-13 & Luke 14:1, 7-14 || The Rush for the Worst Seat A reflection by Dan Spragg You can imagine the scene can’t you? Jesus has just told this parable about having humility and being hospitable and then it begins… the mad scramble to take the worst seat...

Reflection 17 June

Luke 13:6-9 || Cultivating Grace & Opportunity A Reflection by Dan Spragg This is a picture of a rather large tree. It can be found in the town of Lahaina, on the Island of Maui, in Hawaii. It is a Banyan Tree – a sub species of the Fig. It was planted in 1873 after...

Reflection 10 June

Luke 11:5-13 and Colossians 2:6-12 Reflection by Anne Stewart I wonder if prayer isn’t one of the most misunderstood things, both for those inside the church and for those outside of it. From the inside there is debate and judgement around how we pray, where we pray...

Reflection 3 June

Luke 10:25-37 Finding the teacher Reflection by Mart the Rev Last week I was talking about the wind and how our seven-month old grandson was so revelling in the wonder of a Wellington gale that he threw his head back in laughter… a reminder to us older...

Reflection 27 May

John 3:1-21 Wind & Spirit Reflection by Mart the Rev Last week Anne and I had a lovely weekend off with our daughter Hana, Will, her husband, and of course, with the star of the show, Mr Finn. Mr Finn is seven months old this week.  A lot seems to happen in his...