US pair attracted by gospel in action

A sense of community was the drawcard to Taranaki Cathedral when Nancy and Doug Getson looked around for a place to worship. New Plymouth has been their home for just over two years; sadly a change in Doug’s work means they’re leaving in the next few months. Churchgoing is something they have always done. She was brought up a Baptist, he a Catholic but when they got together neither of those denominations suited. Instead they ended up (initially) in an Anglican... read more

The Man Born Blind

Mothering Sunday John 9:1-41 John’s gospel begins with the most astonishing claim: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not... read more

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice of the agenda for the Annual General Meeting of the Taranaki Cathedral Church to be held on 26th March at 1.30pm in the Interim Cathedral. [Papers for this meeting will be available at services on Sunday 19th March and from the Welcome Desk during the following week] 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

Christlike Living

Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 Matthew 5:38-48 We’ve heard three extremely challenging readings this morning, all of them guidelines or instructions so as to become more the kind of people God wants us to be. Let’s briefly go back to the opening verse in our first reading Leviticus 19:1-2 The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.” The OT reading is... read more

Waitangi Day

Isaiah 42:1-9 Ephesians 2:13-18 Luke 2:9-14 Tomorrow is Waitangi Day. What does that mean to you? How will you spend it? Have you ever been to Waitangi? Have you ever read the words of the Treaty? The document presented to many Chiefs on the 6th of February 1840 for signing. Which version have you read? The Treaty is considered the founding document for this nation. Yet this day of remembering has much in it that may make us feel uncomfortable. What... read more

Finding words for Parihaka

Rob Ritchie played a part in organising the recent Parihaka Day service at the Interim Cathedral. It occurred five months after then-mayor Andrew Judd led a procession to the coastal settlement, and it was 135 years to the day after the settlement was invaded by British forces. He reflects on the service and its ‘found poem.’ On November 5 a beautiful reunion occurred at the Interim Cathedral/St Mary’s Peace Hall between two Parihaka Hikoi participants: Sue and Chris and two of... read more

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Telling the old story in new song

A tune telling the story of peaceful protests at Parihaka township has been reworked, with its first public performance at a service in the Interim Cathedral on November 5. Musician Rob Green was part of New Plymouth band The Orange & Green back in 1991 when the city was celebrating its sesquicentennial. Commissioned to produce a cassette tape, it included the song ‘Parihaka’ which the group had recorded in 1990. Fellow band member Grant Dawson penned the words and at the... read more

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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

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