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Sermons & Seminars
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Sermons & Seminars

Friendship

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.

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The Heart and Passion

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.

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Stories and Kaupapa

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.

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Pentecost

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. Sitting in a busy traffic on Auckland’s rush hour trying to get home except longer.

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Mother’s Day

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.

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Great Love through the Vine

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 week to steer us in a direction around a theme on love.

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