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
June 2011

COMPASSION in ACTION

The Gospel of Matthew says that giving a cup of water to the thirsty is doing the work of God, part of loving one another.

Sometimes I think we make things too complicated and miss seeing where we are to act in our own daily lives.

Ann Weems who is a minister in the PCUSA [Presbyterian Church of the United States of America] is a poet whose work is often used in worship. These two samples from her reflect on two areas which touch our lives and actions. Those suffering pain and loss, and I think of those who had deaths in their families. Especially this week, The Rev Maui Tourangi who was the Cook Island congregation minister here, as he mourns the death of his wife, Mama Tere

Also as I watched the young people pour through the Centre last week to the Counties Manukau Youth Transition display put on from MIT, many with anxious parents dropping them off, we do need to be reminded that no matter what age we are, we all need to take time to listen to each other and to pray for one another.

COLD WATER, HOT COFFEE
Sometimes that cup of cold water,
turns out to be a cup of hot coffee,
and what we're asked to do is
to pour it….and to listen.

Sometimes we Christians
In our enthusiasms
think we were asked
to save the world,
when what we were asked to do
Is to go into it
and tell God's story
to people in need of
some good news.

Anxious activists forget
that just listening is an act
of compassion.
Driven disciples forget
that just listening is an act
of faithfulness.
Guilty givers forget
that just listening is an act
of stewardship.

Since we church people
have a tendency to be
driven and anxious and guilt ridden,
perhaps we should
read the directions again
and pour a cup of hot coffee
and listen
in God's name.

MORNING STAR
There are those times when
all the stars are torn from our skies
and morning will not come.
We try to make our way
In unlit passages,
frightened, desperate and despairing
We cannot see.
for wherever we turn
the night continues,
And yet , it is
into this impenetrable night
that the Child is born.
Tearing through the seams of darkness.
the Morning Star appears
in our eyes and in our hearts.
The people who walked in darkness
have seen
a great Light.


Poems © Ann Barr Weems Searching for Shalom, 1991 John Knox Press.

May God bless you with listening ears and compassionate hearts.


Rev. Margaret Anne Low

 


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