Ailsa Claridge
The rich man's question

Sunday 11th October 2015, 8am and 10am Mark 10:17-31 How do you feel as you listen to today’s gospel? It isn’t an easy one to listen to, when we ourselves are among the more wealthy on this earth. The suggestion seems a bit radical: sell what you have, give away the proceeds and follow Jesus. That can make us feel a bit nervous. What do we do with this story? Let’s start our reflection today, by walking alongside as the story... read more

Social Services Sunday 2015

Micah 6:8-12 James 2:14-17 Matthew 25:31-45 Have you had the opportunity to visit the Govett Brewster Art Gallery when it reopened yesterday. If you were able to get there, you may have come across the Exhibition titled, “Our hearts of Darkness”. It is a deliberately disturbing exhibition which focuses on the way violence is embedded within New Zealand identity. And yes, the exhibition includes the violence that is part of the Parihaka story, and part of our story here too. What... read more

Harvest Festival

What are your harvest memories? Perhaps you are privileged to recall large family gardens, pumpkins running rampant, corn puffing up on stalks, the wonder of potatoes hidden under the ground, and fruit trees laden with apples, plums and pears. Perhaps your experience is to know, that whatever else you might be without – it won’t be simple wholefood in this our country, the place of agricultural and horticultural abundance. One memory of harvest for me is watching a group of children... read more

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