Sermons & Seminars

In the closest thing we have to a Presbyterian prayerbook, the baptismal rite begins with verses from scripture, a short blessing of the water, and then the baptism itself.  Anything about the baptismal candidate or, in the case of a baby, their...
Glynn Cardy 11 Samuel 11:26 – 12:11a
I choose to read this gospel text today as a story of a child who fed God. You can choose to read it quite differently than that.  As with all the stories about Jesus this text is a painting, an image, an imagining, based maybe on a received oral or...
Glynn Cardy John 6:1-14
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voNEgCKzves Thank you for being my friends.  One of the descriptions of a church is a community of friends.  Not just Quakers.  But every denomination, congregation.  So, to belong to a church community is to be...
Glynn Cardy
The celebration of Matariki coincides with Winter Solstice [June 22nd] which is the seasonal beginning for the European New Year.  Both Maori and European cultures share this time. Matariki is about stars - the Pleiades actually – 7 sisters/...
Glynn Cardy
Reflection 1: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 is the story of Samuel the prophet, allegedly under instructions from his God, going to the house of Jesse the Bethlehemite (and the invisible Mrs Jesse) and choosing a new king from among Mr and Mrs Jesse’s sons (not...
Glynn Cardy
Each of us are formed by stories.  They exist in our families.  Sometimes they are very sad stories – of suffering, or untimely death, or survival.  Sometimes they are very happy stories of romance, of fortune, of people coming together.  Sometimes...
Glynn Cardy
It was inland from Hokitika, 2016, and I was staying with some fishing mates, when the ground shifted. We were holed up in an old crib, with an outside loo, and an iron roof that rattled when the wind blew.  The things one does to catch those wee...
Glynn Cardy
Reading the passage on Ezekiel this week annoyed me, because it’s about waiting and being patient. It’s like going to the doctors and the waiting room is full. You look questioningly at the receptionist that said you’ll only be waiting for 10mins....
Fa'amanu Akeripa
One of the great gifts that the Christian Scriptures offer the world is the literary character of Peter, the fisherman-come-leader. By ‘literary’ I mean the mythic Peter, for while I think there is good evidence that the historical character existed...
Glynn Cardy
Margaret Mahy is a wonderfully imaginative poet, whose rhyming, alliteration, and creative use of language delights us all.  “Bubble Trouble” is the only children’s poem featuring in a collection of New Zealand’s 100 finest.
Glynn Cardy
It’s funny how one week away, time spent with the kids can accumulate so much in the last week of the month. I struggled this week to find a way to share a sermon this morning from this week’s lectionary and the experiences I have had during the...
Fa'amanu Akeripa
The story of Cain and Abel is one most who preach avoid.  It has a difficult god.  It has an evasive lesson.  Why is Abel favoured because he farms animals, and Cain unfavoured because he farms crops?  Does not this god of favourites bear some...
Glynn Cardy
The parable by Pete Rollins, read this morning, is titled ‘Being the Resurrection’.  It contrasts two approaches to being a disciple, a follower, of Jesus.  One way was to follow the example of his radical life in behaviour towards others.  The...
Glynn Cardy
My favourite symbol of Easter is the rabbit.  Maybe its my childhood with Beatrix Potter.  Cute, little mischievous fellows and fellowesses, with lots of cousins.  Or maybe it’s my love of the absurd.   I remember one painting of Jesus hanging on...
Glynn Cardy
There is an old story about a cobbler who came to Rabbi Isaac of Ger and said: “Tell me what to do about my morning prayer.  My customers are poor men who have only one pair of shoes.  I pick up their shoes late in the evening and work on them most...
Glynn Cardy
Palm Sunday.  One of those bible stories that got made up to make a message.  Not so much about donkeys and humble messiahs.  More about ‘don’t presume’.  Don’t presume that hope comes dressed in the robes and roles of power - military, political,...
Glynn Cardy
In Galatians 2:20 Paul writes, ‘It’s no longer I who live’.  The ‘I’ has died (metaphorically of course) and been re-born into a ‘we’.  The identity of the old Paul has died (though traces remain) and a new identity has been forged.  He calls this...
Glynn Cardy
I’ve been pondering this week about this word ‘Up’ The Merriam-webster dictionary states ‘looking up’ as a sign of respect or admiration, looking up to an older brother, or the kids looking up to their coach. Psychologists say that when analysing a...
Fa'amanu Akeripa
Growing up in Auckland as a kid of the 80s, I had been used to the carefree nature that we had everything in front of us. We had our playground in front of our house, a piece of grass the size of the foyer area. No gates or fences to keep us in, I...
Fa'amanu Akeripa
Every Lent at least one of the readings will be about the story of Jesus being tempted, 40 days and 40 nights, in the wilderness.  It echoes of course the Moses story of wandering in the wilds for 40 years before finding the so-called ‘promised land...
Glynn Cardy

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