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...

Reflection 16 July

Psalm 13 & Matthew 10:39-42 Lost & Found Part 2 Reflection by Mart the Rev Imagine a world: …in which technology brings unprecedented change in rural areas; the young and the landless seek better lives in great, bustling cities – but end up homeless and...

Reflection 2 July

Psalm 13 Lost & Found Part 1 Have you ever been lost? There is the geographic sense of lost.  Many people talk of having those experiences out tramping and the weather closing in baffles them or travelling overseas and having no way to make sense of the signs and...

Reflection 25 June

Jeremiah 20: 7–13 Matthew 10: 24–39 Ideas, visitors, losing and finding. As I have thought my way into this week’s reflection I have had a few visitors. The first was Kobi Yamada and his book What Do You Do With An Idea? I love the way the book evolves from black and...

Reflection 11 June

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 God intersecting with us I’m thinking about intersections. The immediate picture in my mind is the junction of roads where I live and where traffic lights control the movement.  Road intersections can be chaotic, even dangerous, but traffic...

Reflection 4 June

John 7:37-39, Acts 2: 1-21 In the children’s ministry at The Gathering (our early Sunday service) we have spent some considerable time choosing and trialling various children’s curriculums. We are fussy – and we believe we are right to be; what goes into those...

Reflection 18 June

 A dance of openness and disbelief – Genesis 18:1-15 & Mark 10:27 Can you remember what you were doing at the turn of the millennium, when 1999 turned into 2000? It was quite a big deal at the time! Some thought the world was going to end, some thought all the...

Reflection 28 May

Our dog, Ruby. She’s waiting. It is one of the first things that our dog training (which is actually human training) class covered. Ruby had to learn to wait. She waits for a whole number of reasons. Food – that’s probably her favourite one. Crossing the road. Getting...