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The Universe in Your Backyard #2: A Prayer

September 15th, 2011 No Comments

This from Murray, who curated our service on Sunday. On Sunday 11th September, while world events are on people’s minds, fittingly we prayed this prayer, based on what we read in Ephesians 1:15-23: ‘Father of West Baptist Church, thank you for sending your son to show us how to live.  Thank you, Jesus, that you are in control […]

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The Universe in Your Backyard #2: Ephesians 1:15-23

September 15th, 2011 No Comments

On Sunday James McKillop confessed to us that as a ‘Navigator’ at university, he and his mates had privately christened half the Navs the VGNs, while identifying themselves as NNs. He said (and you can hear his sermon here), ‘You see, the Navigators are a group which pride themselves on such things as bible studies, […]

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Matters of Life and Death #5: Dementia and Frailty

August 14th, 2011 No Comments

I read some of Sandy’s story on Sunday: One afternoon, I left work and did not know how to get home. This was the start of a “downhill no return” into the Alzheimer’s world. I am now in my world, a world of confusion, fatigue, and most days, in severe pain. I know there are days that […]

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But I Know

March 12th, 2011 No Comments

Oh, Christchurch. Oh, Japan. Brooke Fraser sings in her new song ‘Flags’: I don’t know why the innocents fall While the monsters still stand And our lives blow about Like flags on the land And we don’t know either. Why has a five-month-old baby with his life before him been crushed by a falling ceiling? […]

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Neighbours (Roi M)

February 9th, 2011 3 Comments

From Roi M I have been thinking about the whole “Stepping out the boat” thing and what is churning around in my head is the “love thy neighbour” command. I guess it is pretty important because Jesus said “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all […]

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Luke and Rembrandt

December 19th, 2010 No Comments

This morning we had some help from the master painter, Rembrandt van Rijn, in hearing God. His painting of the events of Luke 2:22-38 is sometimes called ‘Simeon and Anna Recognise the Lord in Jesus’ (most other famous paintings of the scene are called the much less insightful ‘The Presentation at the Temple’, also this […]

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EC10: Bring It On!

May 29th, 2010 1 Comment

From Matt C: About a month ago, Michael, Jacob, Nathaniel and me took the long trip down to Manfeild Park in Feilding for EC10. We had to fill in time in the 2 + hours car voyage so we played heaps of boring games. (e.g. Car Cricket which I won by miles, Llama Llama and […]

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A Tale of Two Texts: It Takes Two To Tango (and Forgive)

April 18th, 2010 No Comments

My Mum used to say to me and my sisters, whenever we were losing a fight and trying to get her to step in on our side, ‘it takes two to tango.’ She meant that it takes two to start a fight, so she wasn’t going to take sides.  I think Jesus would agree, and […]

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Service of the Shadows

April 1st, 2010 3 Comments

Tonight we extinguished seven candles, one by one, as we read through Matthew’s account of what happened 2000 years ago.  You could do the same at home, perhaps on Friday or Saturday evenings, so here are the readings, the shadows, and the artwork we reflected on tonight. Matthew 26:36-46: The Shadow of Agony. The first candle is […]

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a tale of two texts: Jesus and divorce

March 28th, 2010 No Comments

I’ve been quite sick this week, and found it hard to do justice to the texts we looked at today.  Lucky for all of us, what the Holy Spirit chooses to do with preaching seems to be pretty independent of its ‘quality’!  If anyone would like to think further about what we discussed today, I […]

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