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
October 2003

Who will come to the Party?

Dear Everybody

Have you ever made preparations for someone who never turned up? A meal cooked waiting, the table set and someone sent down to the shops to buy the cream for the special meal. Then the person you invited did not come. A casual call, "we?ve decided to go to my friend?s place to see the rugby, we know you won?t mind. We?ll come another time". You look at the table, everything ready, the smells from the oven with much too much food for you.
What do you do? Well your neighbour, whom you haven?t really got to know, is struggling home late from work. Her children are waiting for tea, she looks tired and hasseled.
"Would you like to come for tea?" you say . she looks alarmed, you can see pictures of having to get the children to behave and dressed going through her mind, its almost too much effort to come.
" It doesn?t matter how you come, just come now as you are, I would love to have you and you?d be helping me" She decides, "Yes we?ll be over in a minute".
They pile in, three children and the neighbour clutching a bag of sweets. They relax as the smell of food greets them and we begin the meal. And we begin to talk, and find out that we have seen each other from a distance and never really known each other, and we discover that we have lots in common including the broken fence. Its the beginning of a long friendship. And that fence never got replaced.

There are several stories of God inviting us to be part of a great celebration. Matthew 22 and Luke 14 tell us that there was a wedding celebration and the King who had invited the special guests sent out messenger to tell them it was ready. They all had excuses - [some were good excuses if they were taken on their own] - not to come. Well, the king was wanting to celebrate his only son?s wedding, a one off occasion, and he also was left with all the food and no fridges in those days. So he sent out messengers to ask all the people in the streets, and out into the countryside to ask all those they found. The people were very surprised to be asked, but they came. They celebrated with the king and it was them, and not those who assumed they had the right to refuse, who became the king?s true friends. Their priorities were in the right order, they honoured the king and were glad to be invited and came with joy to be part of the great feast. Those who took the King for granted were no longer part of the new life of the king.
Let us remember as church in this place that we are the messengers to invite people to celebrate life in God?s love. We have a feast of love and living to offer, acceptance and friendship to share and an invitation to give on behalf of the Son. We need to think about what we serve at the feast, it could be a BBQ, Chinese takeaways, a Wednesday roast dinner ,a basket of baking delivered to a home, or the bread and wine, but when we ask in the name of Jesus we are assured that he is there, both host and guest to bring us all life.



Rev. Margaret Anne Low

 


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