25 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 – We are part of this community

2012
> The Gift of Many People - Seven Years On.
> The Golden Rule - Don’t 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
August 2013

Mrs Hunters' Tea Party [Hunters Corner named ]

Margaret Wyllie’s hat had a garden full of roses on it, Erina Runciman looked really at home. The secretary of the Papatoetoe Historical Society beamed her approval.

Two of the five French waitresses with their perky aprons and frilly headdresses bore a remarkable resemblance to the Town Centre manager [Donna Lee] and a certain local funeral director. Our Ministry intern looked very dapper in his pink shirt [goodwill shop Hawaii] and velvet smoking jacket [from the back of a cupboard] and Marine evening Mess dress bow tie [I don’t think he’d just not changed from the previous night’s revelry]. The Chairman of the Local Board, John McCracken, was the very picture of the local squire come to visit and Mo the Town Centre’s security boss was an impressive figure in suit and top hat.

The waitresses whisked tiered plates of goodies to tables set with fine china and silver tea services. All the while people chattered, and the string quartet played in the corner. Some discovered that gloved hands could not use smart phones but 1930’s Papatoetoe was there.

The foyer of our church was full as the community came to morning tea. Even Mrs James [Elizabeth] Hunter herself graced the occasion and surely would have approved of the elegance of her old parish church. Mrs Hunter’s tea party was a great success and there was a place at the table for all who accepted the invitation and were able to attend. Some wandered out into the cemetery to see Elizabeth’s grave.

Tables and feasting are at the centre of the images of the kingdom of God so it was entirely appropriate that the local Board and Hunters corner Business Association should use St Johns, as part of the carry over from the Papatoetoe 150th celebrations, to hold this function.

When Jesus gathered his followers around that table in the upper room so long ago it was something everyone can relate to. Sitting with friends before his death, sitting with the one who was to betray him Jesus used the everyday things of bread and wine and gave them meaning. His body was the bread broken and his life was the red wine poured out to enable life giving nourishment for all.

His invitation was breathtakingly inclusive, shockingly accepting and offensive to those who wanted to have the table to themselves and he still invites all of us to take our place at the table.

The words of Shirley Murray’s song expresses some of the joy and laughter and completeness of us gathering at the table of Christ, coming into the kingdom of God.

For everyone born, a place at the table,
for everyone born, clean water and bread,
a shelter, a space, a safe place for growing,
for everyone born, a star over head.

And God will delight when we are creators
of justice and joy, compassion and peace;
yes, God will delight when we are creators
of justice, justice, and joy.


For woman and man, a place at the table,
revising the roles, deciding to share,
with wisdom and grace, dividing the power,
for woman and man, a system that’s fair

For young and for old, a place at the table,
a voice to be heard, a part in the song,
the hands of a child in hands that are wrinkled,
for young and for old, the right to belong.

For just and unjust, a place at the table.
abuser, abused, with need to forgive,
in anger, in hurt, a mind-set of mercy,
for just and unjust, a new way to live.

For everyone born, a place at the table,
to live without fear, and simply to be,
to work, to speak out, to witness and worship,
for everyone born, the right to be free.

Blessings


Rev. Margaret Anne Low

 


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