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...

Reflection 13 October – Commitment or choice?

Gen 32:22-32, Luke 9:18-24 Commitment or choice - family or restaurant? Sermon by Anne Stewart How many of you can remember being called names, other than those your parents gave you, when you were younger?  It seems to be a thing with children doesn’t it.  I’m not...

Reflection 6 October- Take Hold of Life

1 Timothy 6:6-19 & Luke 16:19-31 Take hold of life Reflection by Mart the Rev Let me start with a declaration, much as I did last July when the Rich Man & Lazarus parable came up in our year-long parable series: I am more the rich man in the story than I am the poor...