Sermons & Seminars

We know Christmas is coming because the pohutukawa are beginning to bloom, schools have finished or are finishing, and somewhat strange ‘seasonal’ decorations are adorning shopping precincts.  At our Remuera local shops the strange has appeared in...
Glynn Cardy
Today the Christian Church begins a new year.  And we begin it, like Mother Mary expectantly, fearfully with few certainties.  It begins with the colour purple – the colour of hope - when there are few signs of it.  Mary was poor, pregnant and...
Glynn Cardy on General Assembly
Victoria Safford has a poem called “The Gates of Hope”:   Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of Hope— not the prudent gates of Optimism, which are somewhat narrower. Not the stalwart, boring gates of Common Sense; nor the strident gates...
Glynn Cardy on General Assembly
Memorialisation of the war dead was a significant way for New Zealand society to cope with the impact which war has had on our country and its people. From the huge Auckland War Memorial Museum, with its two Halls of Memories, to the lonely statue...
Allan Davidson on Remembrance Sunday
Violence comes in many forms.  It comes as unwanted physical contact - bruising and violating bodies, minds, identity, and self-confidence.  It comes as words, in looks, and in silence.  It comes disguised in practices and policies of exclusion and...
Glynn Cardy
The unique Lucan story of Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector, is one of the more theatrical biblical tales.  On the one hand it is simply another illustration of the Jesus method of going to those on the margins and eating with them.  In this case...
Glynn Cardy
The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector in today’s Gospel reading is a compelling little tale of a man who believing he had everything in fact had nothing and another who, believing he had nothing in the eyes of God or neighbour, was open...
Keith Rowe
This sermon[i] is about what ultimately is beyond/beneath all talk, namely g-o-d, or god.  God with a capital ‘G’ is a proper noun, and god with a small ‘g’ is improper.  So this sermon is full of improper small ‘g’ ; something of a riddle really;...
Glynn Cardy
For many years my life was significantly influenced by a dog.  I didn’t go looking for a dog, he found me.  At the time I was a 23 year old community worker living in what was regarded as the worst state housing area in Auckland.  While my day job...
Glynn Cardy
Common Dreams 4 gathered last weekend in Brisbane – bringing together people from across the Australian states and New Zealand, and representatives from the Progressive Networks in England and the USA.
David McNabb & Pam Elgar
The Olympics – An Inside Story - Pam Elgar Many of you will know that I have been involved in Hockey and that David and I have recently got back from the Rio Olympics. David and I taking this service has come about because feedback to Angela and...
David McNabb & Pam Elgar
Faith and belief have long been used as synonyms in many people’s thinking.  The phrase ‘the Christian faith’ for some seems to be synonymous with belief in doctrines and creedal statements.  This leads to the idea that to be a Christian is to...
Glynn Cardy
1981. From deep in the canyoned aisles of the supermarket comes what sounds like a small-scale bus crash followed by an air raid.  If you follow the running employee armed with mop and broom you would come upon a young father, his 3 year old son, an...
Glynn Cardy
‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is probably one of the most well-known phrases in Christianity, central as it is to the prayer we know as ‘The Lord’s Prayer’.
Glynn Cardy
“There appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years.  She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight.  When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free…”  Immediately she stood up...
Glynn Cardy
The June 23rd Brexit vote and the ongoing discussion and heartache in the United Kingdom are around the notion of borders.  How fixed or how porous should a border be?  Being an island, the UK has geographically a natural ‘moat’ mentality.  On the...
Glynn Cardy
Over three Sundays I have sought to address the persistent question: ’How might we image and dwell in God’ in a no-god world? My starting point each time has been a Biblical account of great figures, Moses, Jesus and Paul, caught in the act of...
Keith Rowe
Today I embark on the third of a series of 4 sermons searching for clues as to how we might re-image God in an age when the idea of God has been banished to the sidelines. I have chosen to enter this discussion through foundational Biblical stories...
Keith Rowe Acts 9: 1-19; 1 Corinthians 13:1-10
On Friday February 5th 2016, Waitangi weekend, Rev Glynn Cardy, David McNabb and I went to Te Maungarongo the Marae of the Presbyterian Church at Ohope, just beyond Whakatane.  We went at the invitation of Rev Wayne Te Kaawa, the Moderator of Te...
Ann McKenzie
This is the last of the 3 services that I am coordinating while Glynn our minister is on leave.  I want to thank members of the social justice team, the worship committee and others who have supported our efforts. Today we are focusing on Te Reo,...
David McNabb

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