If we keep things just as they are now, are we only doing so to appease those already in the pews?
Archive for January, 2011
From a sermon delivered by Neil Cotton, Sunday 16th January 2011. Read John 1: 1 – 14.
Some of us have been to other countries and discovered that sometimes things get “Lost in Translation”. Here are a few examples:
From a sermon delivered by Neil Cotton, Sunday 9th January 2011. Read Matthew 2:1-12.
Today’s reading is the same as used for the Epiphany celebrated by many churches on January the 6th , the Twelfth day of Christmas
This word “Epiphany” comes from the Greek word epiphaneia, which means “appearing” or “revealing.” Epiphany focuses on God’s self-revelation in Christ. On this day, some Christian traditions pay special attention to the visit of the Magi (Wise Men) as will we.
This passage from Matthew also reads like a drama. Today I am going to treat it as such and place my own narrative on the events which have taken place. We will look at the geographic and political settings, we will look at the main characters, we may even challenge the theology in some instances and finally,we will look at our own responses to that which has been written and spoken about.. Read the rest of this entry »
From a sermon by Olive Lewis prepared for Sunday 2nd January 2011.
Please read Luke 2:8-16
About once a month I would sit in the classroom at school counting down the time when school would be out. I would walk into town and catch the bus, travel 65 kilometers around the south coast to a small farming community of Orepuki, where my eldest sister and her husband farmed. To me there was nothing better than bracing the cold breeze straight from the Antarctic walking the paddocks checking the sheep, bringing them in to be shorn or feeding them from the back of the truck. This was life -weekends and school holidays. Read the rest of this entry »