25 September 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
March 2014

REFLECTION ON A JOURNEY

Presbyterian Support Northern joined with the PCANZ this year to produce a book of Lent
studies for the time leading up to Good Friday.

They consist of a reflection on the readings for each Sunday of Lent which is paired with a picture drawn by children of the church. there is also a piece about an aspect of the services offered by Presbyterian Support.

The booklet is available and has been lying on the tables in the foyer for anyone who wishes to take one home with them.

Each year I, along with others, have been asked to be a contributor and this was my contribution for the Second Sunday in Lent this year. [The readings for the day were Psalm 121, Genesis 12:1 – 4a, John 3:1 - 17]

I find as people are shocked by the disappearance of a large Malaysian Airlines jet this week - somehow not comprehending how big the ocean is and the land masses over which we travel - that the perspective given by the psalmist in the Traveller’s Psalm 121 is still as relevant now as it was in a age when most travel was by foot.

Here is my contribution.

You are about to go on a journey.

People gather to say good bye. The dangers of the journey are on their minds. Many things can happen on the journey.

The travellers of ancient times set off on the road that leads into the hills towards Jerusalem. They look up to the hills and see only the places where the altars of sacrifice are set up for the gods. Gods are territorial and these are unfriendly gods.
What defence is there? How will these forces react to a stranger?

I lift my eyes unto the hills - where is my help?

And the reply comes from those left behind. watching, suppressing their own anxiety.

Seeing the elderly mother who keeps saying this will be the last trip, the next journey will be to another place.

Seeing the son with his first motor bike keen to get on the road, the niece clutching her bags with the OE ticket, they are so vulnerable, going off to the first job, or a new school or into residential care.

Those left behind reply with a statement of faith, reaching out in love.
“Your help comes from the Lord.”
“Who?”

You know, they say, “the creator of the universe. This God is with you”.
Using that old English word, Goodbye - God be with you.

Just as Abraham was called to journey and Nicodemus called into new life, to continue the journey so Jesus called his followers to come on a journey. The call of Jesus was to “follow me.” The New Testament calls that discipleship. We are asked to follow Jesus on the way, into our world, into our jobs and our neighbourhoods and trust, that God is with us in life and death and life beyond death.

To think about : -
What difference does goodbye being a blessing make to our journeys? [does this happen in other languages?]
What journey are you travelling on this Lent? Where is your help?

May God be with you on your journey


Rev. Margaret Anne Low

 


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