Glynn Cardy 19th September 2021 I was handed a book in 1983 called “Into the Whirlwind”. I was a second-year theological student at St John’s
Glynn Cardy 12th September 2021 Parts of this sermon have been adapted from Roy Hoover’s work in Profiles of Jesus. This last week I’ve visited
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 ready to come into a commitment to friendship. To be ready to be a friend to others, and befriend yourself more deeply.
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.
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 daughters) while the current king (Saul) was still alive and reigning.
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 they’re a mix of both. And out of these stories come values and understandings that impact upon the direction of our lives.