Sunday 23 July 2017



Liturgist – David McNabb   Preacher – Glynn Cardy
Duty Elder – David Boswell   Intercessions – Allan Davidson
Organist – Stephen Vincent
Readers – Sue Olliff, Geoff Olliff   Flowers – Margaret Agee

Hospitality – Philip Clarke, Kerry & Jill Stotter, Alexa Johnston, Kathryn Jones, and any volunteers


World Council of Churches’ Calendar – Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda

Within the Nation – AIR.  Birds, flying insects; pilots and flight attendants; air travellers; aircraft manufacturers and maintenance crews; airport workers; airline and aircraft owners; victims of air crashes

Within St Luke’s – Hyung & Mijong Park, Jessica & Joshua; Eric & Margaret Parr, & family; Nick & Rebecca Paschalis, Charlotte



1.  ST LUKE’S SCOTTISH CEILIDH.  This wonderful event is being held here at St Luke’s on Saturday 29th July, 6pm. Come along to honour our Scottish Presbyterian heritage with music and merriment, a traditional ceremonial haggis, a dinner and Scottish country dancing.  Limited to 40 people.   Cost $30 per person.  Please sign the list at reception or email Pamela to reserve your place and arrange pre-payment.  We are also seeking 4 kilt-clad guests to join the ceremonial haggis party as bearers.

2.  AUCKLAND HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERS.  Noel McGrevy is seeking volunteers to take patients to and from the chapel service on Sunday 30th July.  Please contact Noel if you are keen to help on 528 4372.

3.  VIOLENCE DIVINE.  Is the only path to peace [shalom] through a valley of capricious divine bloodshed?  One of the world’s foremost historical Jesus scholars helps us to rise above the greatest of Christian treasons: that everlasting peace can only be achieved through the onslaught of divine violence.  Filmed before a live audience in a workshop setting, professor and author John Dominic Crossan summarizes the essence of his bestselling HOW TO READ THE BIBLE AND STILL BE A CHRISTIAN: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis through Revelation and shows the way forward to those seeking an authentic Christianity for the 21st century.  Violence Divine is a four week DVD based programme [August 1st, 8th, 15th, and 23rd] starting at 7.30pm, and led by Glynn.  Cost $10 per person.  Sign the list at reception or email

Session 1:  An Epic Matrix, & Sin and Escalatory Violence
Session 2:  The Heart of the Torah & Deuteronomy Rules
Session 3:  Undecided Justice & Not, not, not, not, not, NOT the End of the World
Session 4:  The “Violentisation” of Jesus, & Overcoming the Bible’s Betrayal of its Non Violent God

4.  SLIKS AFTERNOON TEA.  What are you doing on Saturday 5th August at 3pm?  The incredible kids of St Luke’s extend a warm invitation to all St Lucans to join them for afternoon tea as they raise money for school books and uniforms in three villages in the tiny African country of Burundi.  Jean-Paul Bizoza, from the Burundi Empowerment Foundation, will speak at 4pm then the kids will entertain you until 5pm.  What’s not to like about this $5 idea?  Grab a friend and come support our kids and their endeavours to help them help someone else.         

5.  FROM GENES TO GENDER with Dr Judy Nicholson on Thursday, 10th August at 7.30pm.  Judy will be providing simple explanations about some of the ‘who knows how many” steps that can occur from when an embryo inherits an XX or XY combination of sex chromosomes to the physical, hormonal, and mental development of an adult human being with a range of potential sexual orientations. The end result is often not nearly as clear cut as many people want to believe.  This knowledge has helped Judy understand (in retrospect) the tough journey of a close relative who spent a good part of their adolescence and adulthood conforming to expectations that a physical body demanded - sets of behaviours which were increasingly difficult to maintain.  Suggested donation/koha $10.  Please sign the list at reception or email Pamela

6.  MOZART’S REQUIEM IN D MINOR Saturday 12th August at 7.30pm.  This concert is part of the fundraising benefit series for resounding the St Luke's organ.  Musical direction by Elizabeth Lau, supported by the professional instrumentalists from the Wairua Sinfonietta and sung in Latin with professional soloists and the St Luke's Community Choir.  Tickets can be bought through Eventfinda.  Cost $45 or $35 concession

7.  ARE WE A MORAL NATION?  THE UPCOMING ELECTION & INEQUALITY with Richard Randerson on Wednesday 16th August at 7.30pm.  This seminar examines the socio-economic realities for New Zealand and offers a critique of the neo-liberal values which underpin them. By contrast, Gospel values of mutuality and well-being raise critical questions about choices for all Kiwis in the September 23rd election.  Join us at 7.30pm for 75 minutes, $15 waged $10 unwaged.  Please sign the list at reception or email Pamela. 

8.  PEW DISCUSSION.  For some time, the Community Resource Team has been considering the use of our buildings and how our buildings contribute to the life and mission of the Community.  As part of that consideration, we have considered the way the church building itself is currently used, and ways the building might be used in the future.  It is fair to say that even now, the Church is used in ways never imagined by its designers and builders back in the late 1920’s.  CRT has a view that it is important to enable the building to continue to be used in innovative and flexible ways that reflect our role in the wider community.  That discussion has quickly led to the question of whether pews are the most appropriate form of seating for the building, or replacement with a suitable chair might be appropriate.  In February this year we created a discussion document (thank you to Ken Hulls) and submitted this to Parish Council for consideration.  In the June Parish Council meeting, we agreed to open the discussion to the Community, with a view to taking a binding decision at the upcoming Community Annual Congregational Meeting at the end of September.   Today we are launching the decision process (outlined below) which is designed to generate a comprehensive discussion, deliberation and reflection of the question throughout the community, prior to what is clearly a significant decision in the life of the community.  We (Parish Council) encourage everyone to read the document (available on Sunday and to be emailed Monday) and to consider the implications of either answer.  This is a very important discussion, irrespective of the outcome.  It raises fundamental questions about who we are, why we exist and what role we play in the community.  While I have a view, my role in the conversation is that of “Chief Returning Officer”, responsible for ensuring that we have a full, inclusive, robust process.  I am happy to take any feedback or suggestions that might improve the process and ensure we achieve the right answer collectively.  Geoff Olliff, 23 July 2017.

Decision Process for the Question of Replacing Pews with Chairs (as agreed by Parish Council)


A 2/3 majority should support any change
Multiple opportunities will be made available for reflection and discussion (post service meetings will be held on 3 or 4 occasions between now and end of September)
A decision (by open vote) will be taken at the Community Meeting at the end of September. This will be for members of the Community of St Luke and will be advertised widely
Parish Council will make their view public after the August PC meeting.
The decision will be made in principle (Chairs/Pews) with the example chair being used as just an example
Should the collective decision be for a change to chairs, a team will be formed post meeting to decide on the exact chair, its configuration and upholstery.
A range of options are possible:

i.No Change

ii.Full replacement of pews with chairs

iii.Some combination

The exact nature of the options can emerge from the conversations/reflections and will be formalised prior to the September community meeting

Modifications to this process are possible based upon community feedback, however any modifications will need to be agreed by Parish Council. The objectives of the process are simply to ensure a thorough, inclusive, deep consideration of the issue, enabling all members of the Community to both have their views heard, and hear the views of others prior to a collective decision being made.

The discussion document is available on the screen bench.                                                      

9.  HOSPITALITY TEAM FOR AUGUST.  Albert & Emona Numanga, Glenda Tabuteau, Leo Hobbis, Robin Flynn,
Sue & Geoff Olliff.

9.30am – Community Worship & Baptism of Henry Forbes
Liturgist – Margaret Tibbles   Preacher – Glynn Cardy   Duty Elder – Kathryn Jones

Readers – Lyn MacKinlay, Annette Hood   Intercessions – Margaret Parr

Organist – Tim Carpenter

Crèche – Noeline Creighton

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Interim Community Programme Manager: Gill Warren 520 0199;

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Parish Council Convener: DAVID McNABB;


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PASTORAL.  If you know of anyone needing support, a listening ear, a phone call or a visit at home or in hospital,

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