Christmas day 25 December 2019

Vicar’s Reflection: Christmas Day, 25th December 2019 The joy and delight of Christmas can be overshadowed by the seemingly endless tales of conflict, suffering and woe we see on our various newsfeeds. It can seem that our own influence on the great affairs of the world do not matter. But wait! Remember an ordinary young woman called Rosa. Exhausted after a full day’s work, Rosa Parks boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama USA on December 1, 1955 and forever became one of the inspirational people who changed the world. She refused the driver’s order to give up her seat and move to the back of the bus where ‘coloured’ people were meant to sit. She was arrested for civil disobedience. Parks’ act

Christmas Eve 24 December 2019

Vicar’s Reflection: . Christmas Eve, 24th December 2019 Lord, it is night. The night is for stillness. Let us be still in the presence of God. It is night after a long day. What has been done has been done; what has not been done has not been done; let it be. The night is dark. Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives rest in you. The night is quiet. Let the quietness of your peace enfold us, all dear to us, and all who have no peace. The night heralds the dawn. Let us look expectantly to a new day, new joys, new possibilities. In your name we pray. Amen. This beautiful prayer is one of the treasures of our Prayer Book (p184). I could imagine Joseph or Mary breathing t

Love bumbles on Advent 4

Vicar’s Reflection: Love bumbles on. Advent 4, 22nd December 2019 “There is a right way and a wrong way to do things, and then again, there is my way!” A rumoured saying of a certain football coach. The laws of aero-dynamics suggest that wings have to be a certain shape to enable flight, then again there is the bumble bee. This is the right or wrong dilemma that faced Joseph when his bride-to-be, Mary was found pregnant. Cultural expectations around sexuality may be more relaxed today, but even so this could be awkward. In Joseph’s time, more than awkward, possibly life-threatening, as the law would have allowed Joseph to denounce Mary; her family’s honour would be stained; she would be reje

Interruptions and Eruptions Advent 3 15 December 2019

Vicar’s Reflection: Interruptions and eruptions. Advent 3, 15th December 2019 There are few interruptions in life as dramatic as a volcanic eruption. Even minor interruptions can change the course of lives; the eruptions on Whakaari / White Island last Monday ended lives. As I write, the recovery operation for the bodies of those left behind is underway. We hope and pray that this will go well and safely; that the all the recovery team will return with the bodies of the loved ones lost. This season of Advent and Christmas is for most a happy and joyful time, but for some it is also a time of sad remembrance. For the families of those affected by the eruption the lead up to Christmas will for

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