22 November 2017



2016
> The Hope of Christmas
> COMPASSION BREAKS DOWN BARRIERS

2015
> Northern Presbytery Moderator Christmas letter
> ANZAC DAWN REFLECTION
> Freedom of Speech or License to Stereotype?

2014
> Advent Hope and Interns
> 200 Years of New Zealand Christmas
> Prayer of the General Assembly 2014
> The Legal High Trade
> REFLECTION ON A JOURNEY
> Giving up for Lent - A Challenge from our Children

2013
> Christmas in the Graveyard
> FAREWELLS
> Mrs Hunters' Tea Party [Hunters Corner named ]
> PERSPECTIVE
> RISKS - HELP US GROW IN FAITH
> EMBRACING DIFFERENCE
> DOING OUR WORK
> 150years Ė We are part of this community

2012
> The Gift of Many People - Seven Years On.
> The Golden Rule - Donít Do or Do?
> WATER, WIND and FIRE
> COUNCIL FOR WORLD MISSION at ST JOHNS
> Signs of Spring
> YOUNG, MESSED UP AND ON THE GAME
> REAL WORLD - AND THE HUNGER GAMES
> The Journey to the Cross - An Easter meditation
> Can Jesus Heal Cancer
> CHRISTIAN HERITAGE in PAPATOETOE

2011
> LIGHT ON THE HILL
> LOOKING FORWARD
> GOOD WORDS
> ALCOPOPS and EXCESS DRINKING
> COMPASSION in ACTION
> Christchurch Reports
> Shattered Illusions, Faithful journeys.
> EARTHQUAKE
> The Windows, Images of Faith - Opening Day

2010
> THE CITY CAN NEVER BE THE SAME
> "The Hope that Comes from Faith"
> SPARKING SPARKIES
> ADVERTISING A NON-GOD!

2009
> PRAYING FOR THE COMMUNITY
> DATES THAT COULD DESTROY
> MERCY, JUSTICE AND LIVING IN GOD'S WORLD
> Warmth in the Frost
> GENEROUS GIVING
> Hunter's Corner - A Dilemma of Publiic Space.
> Easter customs to tell the Story
> Our Mother Tongue God is too Small
> Tragedy at Fox Glacier

2008
> THE BIRTH STORIES OF JESUS
> CONNECTING WITH - FAMILIES IN OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
> WELL If you want it Quiet ......
> Finding Pearls
> Of Winter fuel and things
> Disaster and Relief Work
> Prayer on hearing the News
> Conflict of Interest
> Practical Christian in the community.
> Who are these Christians?

2007
> We still keep singing the Christmas carols
> Getting our pirorities
> Travelling
> Spring flowers shout that life is not dead.!
> Focusing on the task
> Change
> Real Families
> Water - Source of conflict
> Prayer

2006
> Violence and Children
> Faith and Reason
> PEACETIME AND HOPE
> Playdough and PC
> Violence to Children
> Climbing Everest
> Celebrating the Good things
> THE GNOSTIC GOSPEL OF JUDAS
> Focusing on the Essential
> Living with other Faiths
> SuperVolcanoes and other worrying things

2005
> Advent - Saving the Earth Saving its Peoples
> Halloween - The time of the Saints
> Responding to Terror
> Time of Winter
> Noah - a Story of Conservation
> Off the Tracks
> Moving On and Looking Back
> Tsunami Prayers

2004
> Upside Down Christmas
> From Assembly - Dean Drayton address
> In the Community
> Weaving together the threads
> 150 years of History revisited
> July - Faithfulness
> Getting 150 years in perspective -
> Passion -The Film
> Letter From Niue

2003
> Christmas hope
> Maintenance and Mission
> Annual reports June 2002- June 2003
> Who will come to the Party?
> Time to Change
> Unity is Strength
> Prostitution Laws
> Gone Fishing


Minister's Minutes
December 2012

The Gift of Many People - Seven Years On.

Seven years ago, on the morning of December 18th 2005, Broken WindowsI walked into the old foyer, before the Sunday morning church service, to discover that the front windows of the church had been attacked with great force.

The first stained glass windows had been donated in memory of the early settlers by the Runciman family in 1966. These were in need of repair and were replaced and installed by the then Board of Managers in 1976.
The next windows were of a very strong, thick, acrylic material which was designed to be much stronger than a conventional stained glass window in the hope that they would not be attacked like the previous windows.

At the time nobody could give us any idea of how or if the acrylic could be repaired. Later, as we planned new buildings, the insurance company agreed that we wait until the total plans were worked out. Also as our insurance excess at that time was $5000.00 replacing the windows was not a high priority for the parish budget.
Since then, after the building project was finished, the Board of Managers were still waiting for the insurance company to pay out. After negotiation and the gift of the help of lawyer [and elder] Alistaire Hall, we finally received the insurance claim, including the cost of protecting the windows.

On November 20th the Papatoetoe-Otara Local Board resolved to grant us the difference between the payout and the actual costs of the window, [which at the time of applying was $6044.00.]

restored Windows The new windows have symbols for the early settlers of the wheat and the grapes, and a wood pigeon. Symbols speaking to us of the bread and the wine of Christ among us. The centre panel has the Celtic cross of our Presbyterian roots and a menorah of the Jewish Scriptures with the dove above. The first testament and the second, Father Son and the Holy Spirit. The third panel is about the parish, the symbol of St Philip and the chalice of St John with a trinity of fantails. The church moving out into costly mission in the world through the ages and now.
The old windows they replace are echoed - Jesus being the Way, the Truth and the Life. The Way of the life and death of Jesus, the truth in the scriptures and interpreted by the holy spirit and the Life of faithful living in the dynamic presence of God. There is more to unpack for not only are these rich in colour, but also in carrying the story of the gospel in this place.

Susanne Johnson of Glassworks, who designed the new burning bush window designed these also.

On Thursday December 20th, at 2.00pm we are inviting the Local Board members to join with St Johns people for a brief dedication of the windows. Many people have helped this happen and the enthusiastic support we have from the local community has been humbling.

May this be part of our telling THE story this Christmas of Godís coming among us with good news of Great Joy for all.

May the blessing of the child of Bethlehem be with you and gift you with love as you travel, as you celebrate, as you remember others this Christmas.


Rev. Margaret Anne Low

 


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