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Audio: Angels in Advent – Peace: Luke 1:26-38 Gabriel and Mary

December 4th, 2011 Comments Off on Audio: Angels in Advent – Peace: Luke 1:26-38 Gabriel and Mary

Angels in Advent – Peace: Luke 1:26-38
Sun 4 Dec 2011 – Sam

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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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Advent 2010

December 1st, 2010 No Comments

‘Tis the season to be Adventy! On Sunday we celebrated the beginning of Advent, the four weeks before Christmas where we get ourselves ready to welcome Jesus again, as ‘God became flesh and blood and moved into the neighbourhood’ (John 1:14, the Message). On Saturday James, Carol, Matt and I spent a day at Northpoint […]

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Thalia’s Top Five: #3 Head meets Heart meets Hands

March 18th, 2010 No Comments

Each year I write a ‘Pastor’s Top Five’ for our Annual Report.  This year I thought I’d serialise it on the blog, so here is number 3: one of the 5 things I am most grateful for in 2009 at West. #3 Head meets Heart meets Hands It’s still a huge buzz for me that […]

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Advent 4: Changed by Love?

December 31st, 2009 1 Comment

How are we changed by encountering Christ? On our fourth Sunday in Advent in 2009 we explored this question using Michael Foreman’s picture book, Cat in the Manger. The cat’s tenancy in the stable is based on its mouse-catching prowess, but relationships in the barn will never be the same after a visiting couple meet […]

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Advent 3: Joy and Depression

December 13th, 2009 No Comments

I said this morning (click here for audio of the sermon) that the third week in Advent, where we focus on joy, is not only the hardest week to come dressed in the right colour – yellow – but is also the hardest to preach on. It’s often said that joy is not the same […]

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Advent and Christmas Graces

December 6th, 2009 No Comments

I heard today that five-year-old Thomas really enjoyed the ‘rice prayers’ we put together for the Handful of Rice series in June.  So much that his Mum has now made a sheet of Advent and Christmas prayers, to be used at mealtimes and bedtimes and whenever a praying occasion arises at home. If you’d like […]

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Advent 2: Reclaiming Peace

December 6th, 2009 2 Comments

Let me tell you what a young woman called Esther thought about the Peace we Find Ourselves In (with thanks to JK). Esther, or ‘Etty’, Hillesum was born on 15 January 1914, Netherlands. Just like the biblical hero she’s named after, Esther was Jewish, and if you know what happened in the 1930s and 1940s […]

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A Tale of Two Texts

December 5th, 2009 No Comments

When Georg Frideric Handel was in the middle of writing the Hallelujah Chorus, one of the most famous pieces of music in the world, he was interrupted by his assistant, who had been banging on his study door for ages, not getting any reply.  Handel looked up, in tears, and said ‘I thought I saw […]

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Jesus’ whakapapa

December 3rd, 2009 1 Comment

I go back five generations in this land, on each side of my family.  And until this year, my whanau knew none of our ancestors earlier than the brave or desperate people who left various parts of the United Kingdom.  So I’ve always been in awe of people who can recite their whakapapa, their family […]

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