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...

Reflection 20 May

 Pentecost – Forming and Filling | Genesis 1:1-27 & Acts 2:1-4, 42-47 A reflection by Dan Spragg Today is the day all around the globe that many Christians will be gathering to celebrate the event of Pentecost – that promised day in which the Spirit of God descended...

Reflection 13 May

Reflection by Anne Stewart Luke 15:11-19 Part 1 When I left home, for the last time at the age of twenty one of my three brothers had already left a month or two before and the other two were on their way. That’s a family of six reduced, in under twelve months, to a...

Reflection 6 May

The Village and St Luke’s | Matthew 18:21-34 | Reflection by Dan Spragg Sharon and I are the recent owners of a new mortgage (nervous celebration…). It’s quite easy to look at the balance owed and wonder if it will ever be paid off! Who here has a mortgage or has had...