Sermons
Carols by Candlelight

I was helping a young family set out their nativity set, and amongst the creatures, I was delighted to find a rooster and couple of chooks (that'd be nice, first thing on Boxing Day morning), and some birds to perch on the stable roof. I was glad to see the varied collection of animals, because I am convinced that, when we take the time to appreciate the animal kingdom fully – including those gathered in the crib scene – we see... read more

Two unlikely women

4th Sunday in Advent. Luke 1:39-55 If you were to choose women who would give birth to babies, whose life and ministry would change the lives of individuals, of the world forever, what would you be looking for? An older woman, well past the age of being able to have children? A very young girl, still a child by our standards and unmarried ? We probably wouldn’t. Yet God did. Elizabeth, the wife of Zechariah was the mother of John the Baptist.... read more

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

The Lost Sheep

I'd like to focus on the parable of the Lost Sheep – and, in particular, this very key section of the teaching : “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?” Last week, I was watching my eight-year-old, Roxy, together with a friend, heading off to feed the chooks and ducks, who live relatively peaceably together... read more

August Sermons Available

The wisdom that is dispensed by way of sermons preached in the cathedral is not lost for ever – people can pick up printed copies afterwards. A dozen or so copies of each sermon are kept in a holder in the back of the church. “This initiative started because sometimes people want to read afterwards what is said in the sermons,” says Dean Jamie Allen. “Sometimes people can't hear so well, and want a paper copy to take away and study.... read more

Patronal Festival 19/8/2015

Do you recognise this prayer?: Beneath your compassion, We take refuge, O Mother of God: do not despise our petitions in time of trouble: but rescue us from dangers, only pure, only blessed one. Christian devotion to Mary goes back to the 2nd century. “Beneath Thy Protection” or “Sub tuum praesidium” is the earliest known Marian prayer. So, today, a celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary – is something we Christians have been doing for a very, very long time. I... read more

Never Hunger?

19th Sunday In Ordinary Time – Dean Jamie Allen. “Never hunger?” John 6:35,41­51 Our Gospel readings through August are focussed on Chapter 6 of John – and, as I mentioned last week, the passage we heard just read, is part of an extended theological korero between Jesus and the fascinated crowd who had just witnessed, or heard about, the miracle of the feeding of the 5000. That event was all about the sudden appearance of masses and masses of food –... 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

National Bible Sunday

For one Sunday of the year, we have a beautiful opportunity to reflect on something which is at the very very heart of who we are as a community of faith. Bible Sunday. 773,000 words, 1189 chapter, 66 books, 2 testaments. Tucked in Isaiah 40, we read, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God endures forever.” It is a text full of poetry, history, mystery, love, anger, sorrow, joy and miracles. The Scripture has some... read more

The Beheading of John the Baptist

12th July 2015, Dean Jamie On the face of it, this Gospel appears about as dismal as they come. Here's this loyal servant of God – life devoted to pointing the way not to himself but to Jesus... All comforts given up, in the name of obedience to God. And where does it lead him? Not, after all, to a prosperity Gospel of riches, comfort and a fast car. It's a situation all about the dynamics of power. It is the... read more

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