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
October 2014

Prayer of the General Assembly 2014

The General Assembly is the place where the legislation of the church is done. [In fact the gathering Government of NZ is called the General Assembly because of the Presbyterian influence in our heritage]. The people attending the Assembly come from each Presbytery – an elder or a minister from each parish at present although this has been changed at this Assembly.

Presbyteries themselves are the regional bodies which are formed by an elder and minister from each parish in its region. From this Assembly two new Presbyteries the Alpine Presbytery and Presbytery Central have been formed by the merging of Northern South Island Presbyteries and Lower North Island Presbyteries respectively. This means there are now five regional Presbyteries, Northern, Kaimai, Central, Alpine and Southern and two ethnic Presbyteries - Te Ako Puaho and Pacific Island Presbyteries in a move to help us work more efficiently in Mission.

There is a lot from the 2014 General Assembly which is available on the internet– including recordings of the speeches and guest speakers. http://www.presbyterian.org.nz/about-us/general-assembly/ga14-assembly-week/
look at the side menu for those who wish to explore.

Rod Biel was our commissioner from St Johns to the 2014 Assembly and Rod reported to the congregation on Sunday October 12th.

However it is the Prayer resource of the Assembly which the new moderator, Andrew Norton, has enabled to be produced, which I consider to be one of the best things to come out of the Assembly.

Assembly gatherings are times of celebration and conflict, joy and worship, debate and discussion, and tears and trust, all mixed up and brought to God as part of God’s church. Somehow, despite our flaws, God slowly works on us as a church and that gives me hope. The Prayer resource from Assembly encapsulates all this. Some of the prayers from it are below and through the October Newsletter.

Prayer for Strength

God, you are the renewer of our strength.
You help us to mount up with wings as eagles.
to run and not be weary
and to walk and not faint.
Strengthen us when we want to give up
And expand our horizons
So we can reach out with your renewing love. [Vivienne Ball]

Prayer for Our Church

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,

Disturb us Lord
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
We have ceased to dream of eternity
Having fallen in love with life,

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
[Prayer of Sir Francis Drake]


Rev. Margaret Anne Low

 


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