Illumination

A Prayer for illumination, from Sunday 24 September 2017 We can't see light, only what it illuminates. We can't see love, only what it makes meaningful. In the same way God, we can't see you as such, but you do make yourself present to us. You illuminate, You give...

Reflection 17 September

Romans 14:1-12 - When we find ourselves unbalanced. A reflection by Dan Spragg. I might take offense at Paul here… I quite like vegetables! Who is the great apostle Paul to say that people who only eat vegetables are weak!? What does he know about the nutritional...

Reflection 10 September

1 Corinthians 3:1-11, 16, 21-23 & John 13:34-35 Reflection by Mart the Rev A few weeks back I was talking about the origins of the phrase ‘cutting a deal’ and how God announced to Abram that a covenant was going to be made and that a bunch of animals should be...

Reflection 3 September

Exodus 3:1-15 & Romans 12:9-21 ’Looking at what it means to be together’ Reflection by Anne Stewart (with some help from Eugene Peterson’s foreword to Romans in The Spiritual Formation Bible) Paul’s letter to the Romans has always been a bit of a favourite for me....

Reflection 27 August

Matthew 16:13-20 & Romans 12:1-2. You Only Know if You Know. A reflection by Dan Spragg  I’ve always been curious about Jesus’ telling the disciples not to tell anyone he was the Messiah. It seemed a little at odds with what he was doing. Apparently it was ok for...

Reflection 20 August

(On the day when little Hugo was baptised into the church of the new covenant) Genesis 15:1-21 & Ephesians 1:1-14 Cutting a deal along with a dose of anakephalaiossathai [Mart the Rev revelling in a bunch of ideas explored by Rob Bell in What is the Bible?: How an...

Reflection 13 August

A Reflection on Matthew 14:22-33 - Jesus walks on water Reflection by Dan Spragg Growing up in New Zealand, it is almost a Kiwi kid’s rite of passage… jumping off some bridge, or some rock, or cliff into the river flowing far below! I remember doing it once when I was...

Reflection 6 August

Isaiah 55: 1-13 & Genesis 32: 22-31 ’Wrestling a Blessing’ Reflection by Mart the Rev What a year we are having! Two new church complexes coming ready.  The new Bryndwr church building opening this afternoon.  The new Papanui building on schedule for an...

Reflection 30 August

Romans 8:26-28, 31-39, Matthew 13:31-33, 44-46 Reflection by Anne Stewart ‘I am convinced that nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God, in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ That paraphrase of verses 38,39 of chapter eight of Paul’s letter to the Romans must...

Reflection 23 July

Genesis 28:10-19 & Psalm 139. Surely God is in this place - a reflection by Dan Spragg SURELY God is in this place, and I did not know it… / Surely God is in THIS place, and I did not know it… / Surely GOD is in this place, and I did not know it… / Surely God is...