Reflection 2 February

1 Cor. 1:18–25 & Matt 5:1-12 Reflection by Dan Spragg What does it mean to be blessed? Take a moment of thinking out loud on that with your neighbour. What does it mean to be blessed? It isn’t a straightforward question. I could show you a quick google search that...

Reflection 26 January – Faithfulness

Faithfulness Reflection by Anne & Martin Stewart Over the Summer we have been looking at some of the fruits of the Spirit.  We started, at Papanui, with kindness, then last week, at Bryndwr, we had a poke around patience, and today we finish this little series with...

Reflection 15 December – Choose Joy

Advent 3   Isaiah 9:1-7 Choose Joy Reflection by Mart the Rev I came across a lovely Michael Leunig cartoon with his version of the Good King Wenceslas carol.  I sung it to Parish Council the other night.  Can you imagine how thrilling that was for them?  The looks of...

Reflection 1 December – First Sunday of Advent

Advent Sunday Isaiah 2:1-5  In the days to come Reflection by Mart the Rev The countdown begins!  Christmas is coming.  We all know what that means in terms of focus and energy – presents, food, heat, travel or travelers, fatigue, and then rest...until the Boxing Day...

Reflection 17 November – Kingdom Guides

Luke 18:15-17 Make room for the kingdom guides Reflection by Mart the Rev Recently I enjoyed a creative conversation with Geoff New, one of our teachers at the Knox Centre for Ministry & Leadership in Dunedin.  Geoff was bouncing off a poem I had written contrasting...

Reflection 10 November – With and Among

Jeremiah 29:1-7 & 1 John 3:11,18-24 ‘With & Among’ Reflection by Mart the Rev Samuel Wells, the vicar at St Martin’s in the Fields in London, tells two stories from ministry contexts he has worked in that have shaped his thinking about the role of the church in the...

Reflection 3 November – Parihaka

Luke 6:27-36 Wilful disobedience at Parihaka Reflection by Martin Stewart ‘If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away...

Reflection 20 October

Luke 17:11-19 a reflection by Dan Spragg Karl Barth, a German Minister and Theologian who ministered in Germany during the early to middle part of the 20th Century said, that the basic human response to God is gratitude. Not trembling or fear, not guilt or dread, but...