Unimaginable Abundance

2 Samuel 11.1-15 Psalm 14 Ephesians 3.14-21 John 6.1-21 Sunday 25 July, 2021 Unimaginable abundance                                  ©Suzanne Grimmett When we come to the day when we are celebrating the completion of the work on the roof, I will begin by saying that the story of King David walking around on his own roof and espying … Read more

Rest in the mercy of God

Jesus came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near… (Ephesians 2) I wonder how far we are from feeling such peace? With over 12 million Australians in lockdown, and concerns for friends and family overseas, there are many for whom anxiety is an unwelcome travelling companion. Where … Read more

Listening to more than language

(Sunrise, Queenstown 9 July 2021) How much communication are you aware of happening around you? I read an astonishing story recently in “The Hidden Life of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben.  Umbrella Acacias in Africa produce a toxin when giraffes start to eat them. Scientists noticed that once giraffes got a taste of the toxin, they … Read more

When I am weak

When I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10).St Paul loves to capture the way of the spiritual life in paradoxical language, like that we will hear this weekend; “When I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). Richard Rohr notes with others like St Francis that; …you come to God not … Read more

Sabbath rest

Life is not meant to be dismal. Life is not an endurance test. Life is life if we make it that. How do we know for sure that life is meant to be an excursion into joy? Because there is simply too much to enjoy: fishing in a back bay, the view from the mountaintop, … Read more

Whatever it is that keeps widening your heart

1 Samuel 17.57-18.5 Psalm 9.9-20 2 Corinthians 5.6-10, 5.14-17 Mark 4.35-41 Whatever it is that keeps widening your heart                                   ©Suzanne Grimmett Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith? These words on Jesus’ lips in the midst of the stormy sea might prompt us to ask ourselves the same questions. Where do you find … Read more

Discussion of the Diocesan Mission Action Plan

In our Parish Council meeting this week we continued reflecting on the Diocesan Mission Action Plan. Our reflections this week looked at the activities that are at the heart of our faith communities. These activities are grouped under the headings of; Proclaiming and serving, worshipping and learning The Marks of Mission (more information in the link) open for … Read more

A humbler Church with a bigger God

Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.’                                              Mark 4: 26,27 The Rev’d Dr Samuel Wells talks about the keynote of Christianity in this time of pandemic and social … Read more