Sermons
Dean Peter's Farewell Sermon

Today is quite a watershed moment in my life. Today after this service I will be gainfully unemployed. In the next few days, Gay and I will be on our way back to Christchurch where I am going to retire, or as the Listener put it about us baby boomers, rewire. I think this is the fourth and final time that I am re tiring, and no doubt the re wiring will lead to all sorts of interesting ventures in the... read more

Transfiguration

In 2010 I went to Israel to study at St George’s College. Part of our course took us on a trip up the winding, narrow road to the top of Mt Tabor and to the Franciscan church marking the site on which the Transfiguration took place. Mt Tabor is no higher than the Kaitake’s but it commands a view across the plains to the sea of Galilee and on that day was bathed in such hot clear sunlight that it was... read more

Reflections on Waitangi

Isaiah 42 vs 1-9; Ephesians 2 vs 13-18; Luke 2 vs9-14 Waitangi day is near and today’s readings reflect this. Isaiah speaks of a covenant of the people; and in Ephesians we hear of the time when both are made one and a wall of partition is broken down because: “…in his flesh he has abolished our enmity”. It’s as if the Colonial Secretary Lord Normanby [in London] and then Governor Hobson, his secretary James Freeman and the Resident James Busby,... read more

Third Sunday of Advent

In their time, John and Jesus stand out because they’re not easily understood by the establishment; and this worries the ones in power. Modern day social commentator [Banksy] wryly reassures anyone who stands out: “You are an acceptable level of threat. If you were not, you would know about it.” In the gospel reading today, when asked by the puzzled authorities if he is Elijah or perhaps even the Messiah, John the Baptist replies firmly that he is not. Versions of... read more

Remembrance Sunday 2017

Year by year we Kiwis and Aussies gather on Anzac Day to recall the horrors of war and commit ourselves to working for peace. For us it has become a national day of mourning of soul searching and commitment. Gallipoli is at the core of our remembrance and the focus for that day. Of course we lament the deaths of all in war whenever that has been. Today we commemorate the signing of the armistice which ended the first world war.... read more

Insiders and Outsiders

Matthew 15: 21-28 I invite you to imagine a circle, although the size of each of our circles will be different. You will be able to work out just how big your circle will be as you think of who will be in it. You see, inside your circle will be all the people you find you can relate with easily. That may include friends, family, perhaps neighbours, acquaintances, and colleagues, perhaps those you befriend on Facebook, those you encounter in... read more

Mary's Magnificat

It's a real delight and pleasure to welcome Honor Jane who is to be baptised this morning. And of course to welcome your mum and dad and some of your family and friends. To your mum and dad I want to say, good on you for wanting to associate your lovely child with this rather cranky organisation the Church! I know that you wouldn't want to join up your daughter to an organisation which doesn't reflect beliefs and values that you... read more

The Joy of sharing God's Blessings

You know God is good. Well of course we all know that! Sometimes though, things just kind of fall into place, like today's worship and everything that's going on. I was a bit befuddled as to how to draw together all the amazing themes and activities and comings and going that are happening today. How do I put all that into a sermon? We have the delight and pleasure of baptising two young men, Leo and Griffin, who with their mum... read more

Christopher Robin and Pooh - 1 and 1 make 3

I am a fan of Winnie the Pooh? Are you? Like many so called children’s books, the ‘House at Pooh Corner’ is really a book for adults. Today on Trinity Sunday which for me is the climax of the Church’s festivals, I'd like to read the poignant ending from the ‘The House at Pooh Corner’. Christopher Robin is beginning to, as we say, ‘grow up'. And soon he will be going to school. It is a time of transition and change.... read more

Spiritual Longings

Acts 17.22-31; 1 Peter 3.13-22 ; John 14.15-21 May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of all our hearts be held within the loving purposes of God. If the apostle Paul were among us today, he might pop in and join us for a service here in church – but if this morning’s first reading is anything to go by, it’s more likely that Paul would be found having coffee and conversation in a local café, or standing on... read more

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