“A great day had by all”: the Diocesan Hui/Picnic

“What a great effort by the over 460 people who attended the first ever Diocesan Hui at the Cathedral on 8 March 2014. “Many people wondered what it was going to be like, an inside picnic, expo, talk fest or worship? Well it was all that and more as we came together as family toContinue reading ““A great day had by all”: the Diocesan Hui/Picnic”

Orientation, disorientation, new orientation (6 October 2013)

Today, Ben took us through a difficult set of readings. Starting with the despair of Lamentations 1:1-6.  Then he had the full version of Psalm 137 read.  You will recognise the start of this as “By the rivers of Babylon” but it ends with a desire for vengeance on the children of Babylon. It isContinue reading “Orientation, disorientation, new orientation (6 October 2013)”

Becoming disciples (Bishop’s charge and sermon)

Our sermon this Sunday was the replay of our Bishop’s charge from Synod.  Bishop Justin talks about the next stage in our journey together, of becoming disciples. The gospel reading we used today was Luke 14:25-33.  This reading talks about the cost of discipleship and taking account of what we need to let go off.  Continue reading “Becoming disciples (Bishop’s charge and sermon)”

We are sent out to tell the Good News

Reading: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 ‘The Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go.’ Here’s a description of an early outreach ministry into the local communities. Seventy ministers sent out to proclaim the good news. I wonder what sort ofContinue reading “We are sent out to tell the Good News”

What are our priorities?

Ordinary Sunday 13 (C) Reading: Luke 9:51-62 Each of the Gospel writers has his own way of telling the story. In Luke’s Gospel we’ve got to a point that’s called the journey section or travel narrative. It begins by saying that Jesus has ‘set his face to go to Jerusalem.’ It’s the start of theContinue reading “What are our priorities?”

The Feast of Pentecost

Readings: Genesis 11:1-9 & Acts 2:1-21 Once upon a time, before history started, the whole earth had only one language and the same words. But human beings got above themselves and decided to make themselves famous by building a great tower – so high that it could reach the heavens. But God took one lookContinue reading “The Feast of Pentecost”

Breaking our chains

Readings: Acts 16:16-34; John 17:20-26 We’re entering the final stages of our celebration of Easter. Thursday marked a turning point with Jesus’ ascension – his return to the Father in order that the Spirit might come. The risen Christ has been taken into the eternal dimension. He’s no longer to be seen in bodily form,Continue reading “Breaking our chains”

The Ascension

Readings: Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 While [Jesus] was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. (Luke 24:51) What is the Ascension about? We’re not talking about a first century version of Star Trek: “Beam me up Scottie.” Rather, let’s remember that Luke is trying to put into words what’sContinue reading “The Ascension”