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
September 2011

GOOD WORDS

It was the way she looked at us with pity - from New Zealand, the Tri Nations had only just been on that Saturday night . We responded graciously. With fixed smiles we explained that it was good that the Wallabies had won, after all who were we to play if we kept on winning all the time?
She relaxed, communication with us was possible after all.

There were many things we could have talked about and shared common ground in the news of the day. The horrors in Tripoli and where is Gadafi? The terrible house fire in Brisbane,that killed so many people from two families, the destructive storms in USA, but we are conditioned to talk about sport, to take sides, rather than to find common ground, even in light conversation.

While we often are jokingly in opposition I do wonder if it helps people to really get on? Maybe we should be more aware of one another's needs and be affirming when we are able?
A kind or affirming word to a stranger can make a difference to them that we might not ever know about.

In a letter to a church thousands of years ago Paul wrote to urge them to speak with kindness and care to each other in their daily lives as a mark of those who followed Christ..

The other day I was sitting in the super market carpark waiting and noticed that over in the next series of parks a young, very pregnant woman was sitting on the ground with a very frustrated young man beside her. I could tell he was frustrated by the fact he seemed to have a limited and very repetitive vocabulary of which every second word most unimaginatively began with F*** .

She had locked the keys in her car, the groceries were all around her and she didn't want him to damage the car. Then across the car park, a ute, covered in dust and full of builders' materials, drew up. The old guy driving it heard the conversation and slowly ambled over and then quietly asked if he could help. The young guy calmed down and they discussed possibilities. A heavy instrument was produced and the back window light expertly broken, the door opened and they drove off. It was fascinating seeing that older man act. He saw the situation and calmed it down with quiet words and practical help, there may well have been other ways of solving it, but he mediated without interference and the grateful look of the young woman said it all. Ordinary stuff! Yes! But it made a difference that day.

The Christian community should be one where by just being ourselves we make a difference. The salt that gives taste, the yeast that makes the bread rise, the sharers of words which give life to each other and those around us.


Rev. Margaret Anne Low

 


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