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 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
January 2005

Tsunami Prayers

PRAYER FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY THE TSUNAMI
[Adapted from Resources from many sources]
On the morning after Christmas, an earthquake triggered huge waves, tsunamis, that engulfed islands, flooded lands all around the Indian Ocean and drowned untold thousands of people..
What can we say at a time, when thousands upon thousands, ten thousands upon ten thousands are missing their bodies never to be retrieved?

Loving God, We stop to remember the thousands of men women and children who perished this week. With their friends and families we remember that you gave them life and loved them. Lord, have mercy upon this earth and all who mourn on this day.

Prayer for the family members who survived
We pray for all who survived, those who lost loved ones and face keeping on living in the midst of death, and keeping on loving in the midst of loss.
We pray for those who wait and do not know whether their family is alive or dead.
We have faith that no child of God is unknown and that no child of God is alone, therefore we pray for those who survive, children without parents, parents without children, spouses missing, loved ones lost, families torn apart.

Loving God, We pause to remember the untold thousands of family members who grieve. With their friends and families we affirm that you gave them life and loved them. You know each person by name.
Lord, have mercy upon all who mourn on this day ? in Asia and around the world.


Prayer for those of us who are able to help ? individuals, churches, cities, and nations.
We pray for ourselves and all those with power to help
those individuals, churches, cities and nations entrusted with the resources needed to relieve suffering, sustain life and rebuild the property that has been destroyed.

Loving God, We remember that we are stewards of the resources you have entrusted to us. We are people who belong to families, churches, cities and nations like those who perished.
May the leaders of the nations place energy where life is sustained and renewed rather than in weapons and acts of aggression.
Empower our acts of compassion and justice, that suffering might be relieved, villages rebuilt, and lives restored.


Strengthen our faith and renew our hope
in the name of Jesus, Amen
We used Shirley Murray's Songs "child of Christmas Story" and "Come now Lod Jesus" from Alleluia Aotearoa during the service.



Rev. Margaret Anne Low

 


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