Peter Beck
Coming Soon - Experiencing the Joy of Generosity

Experiencing the Joy of Generosity! Dear Friends, Each year we ask all of us who are members of the cathedral community to consider the level of our personal financial support for the mission and ministry costs of our cathedral [i.e. the operational costs]. On June 11th, we will begin a three-week stewardship programme called Experiencing the Joy of Generosity. We believe this programme will be a blessing to those who already are experiencing the joy of being generous with the... read more

Easter - Just do it!

TĒNĀ KOUTOU KATOA my warmest greetings to you. No one saw the Resurrection. No one knows when it happened or how. There was no car chase. No government enquiry. No coverage on ‘Seven Sharp'. No body. read more

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Living in testing Times

Our Gospel for today immediately follows a most incredible event. Matthew recounts the story of Jesus had coming to the Jordan River to find John Baptist, his cousin. John, depicted as a wild man emerging out of the wilderness [always a metaphor for the place of deep inner searching]; John, in his powerful charismatic message was calling the people to repentance and to be washed, cleansed in the waters of the Jordan. It is dramatic indeed for the one whom he... read more

Singing with the angels

Luke 2.1-20 Christmas 2016 Yesterday evening we had an angel in here at the Children's Christmas Service. Can you believe it? [Karen appears on the stage singing Hark the Herald — first line]. Crikey what was that? [congregation shouts it's an angel] I don't see an angel? Where is she? [Congregation point and shout — angel disappears as I turn around. I do a bit of the business around this and end up saying 'wow, well fancy that. Here is... read more

Be Not Afraid

A few days before Christmas, two young brothers were spending the night at their grandparent's house. When it was time to go to bed, and anxious to do the right thing, they both knelt down to say their prayers. Suddenly, the younger one began to pray in a very loud voice. "Dear Lord, please ask Santa Claus to bring me a play-station, a mountain-bike and a telescope." His older brother leaned over and nudged his brother and said, "Why are you... read more

Blessing of the Advent Wreaths

On Sunday we begin once again our Church's new year and the annual journey through the life, ministry, passion, death and resurrection of our Lord. We will follow the way to his ascension, to the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and the birthday of the Church, to the Queen of Festivals on Trinity Sunday, the feast when all is brought together in the wonderful dance of mutuality and love of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the three persons in... read more

The courage to stand up and be counted

Remembrance Sunday Micah 4.1-5; John 15.12-17 What a week this has been. Donald Trump is to be the next President of the United States, and leader of what we call the Free World. I don't think at this stage I need to add to the commentary that is abounding around the world and what this says about our moral compass, which seems to have been reversed and our values turned up on their heads. There is much to reflect on in... read more

The persistent widow and the unjust judge.

Luke 18.1-8 ‘Rejoice always, pray without ceasing. IN everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus’ Usually we read in the Gospels that Jesus tells a parable and then explains it to his disciples, often quizzing them as tits meaning. In this parable he is very clear, or at least the evangelist is so that the hearers are without a doubt about what the meaning of the parable. The reading begins ‘Jesus told them a parable... read more

170th Anniversary of the first service in St Mary's New Plymouth

‘For all that has been, thanks. For all that will be ,yes!' Some years ago I was at a lecture given by Marc Pachter, the then Director of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. It was most interesting and entertaining. The site of the NPG is at the centre of the grid which is Washington. The site was designated by Pierre Charles L'enfant who designed the city of Washington. What is interesting is that L'enfant saw that at the heart... read more

Battle of Britain Sunday

A chicken and a pig were best of friends. One day, they were looking at a newspaper and read about an orphanage not too far from them that needed food. The chicken said, “Brother Pig, why don’t we go down to the orphanage and make a donation of food? We could donate a ham and egg breakfast.” But the Pig replied, “Wait a minute, Sister Chicken! For you, that’s just a contribution, but for me, it’s a total commitment! It’s laying... read more

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