Next Messy Church - 11 July Print E-mail

Messy-Church-logo-sm-448Our next Messy Church will be held on Saturday 13 July, from 4-6pm

WHAT?     Fun with crafts, games, Bible stories,  a celebration time and a meal together.

WHO?      Everyone is welcome.  Children under the age of 14 need to be accompanied by an adult.

WHERE?  In the church hall

St Matthew's Messy Church sessions are held on the second Saturday of the month.  Enquiries to Parish Office.

 
Sermons - June 2019 Print E-mail

Our Priest in Charge, the Rev'd Alister Hendery, is making available his sermons via this website.  Here is your opportunity to download a sermon as a Pdf file and read it at your leisure.  Below are this month's sermons.

See other sermons here:

Sermons Latest

Sermons 2019 Jan - March

Sermons 2018 44 - 47 (Dec)

Sermons 2018 34 - 43 (Oct - Nov)

Sermons 2018 26 - 33 (Aug - Sept)

Sermons 2018 18 - 25 (May - July)

Sermons 2018 8-17 (Mar - May)

Sermons 2018 1-7 (Feb - Mar)

 

16 June 2019 - Trinity Sunday (C)

A door into the mystery of God – and something about kittens

It’s sometimes said that the Feast of the Holy Trinity is the only celebration in the church year devoted to a doctrine. What’s more, it’s one that can land a preacher in a theological quagmire. A posting on Facebook reads: ‘How not to commit heresy preaching on the Trinity: Say nothing and show pictures of kittens instead’.

At first glance the Trinity does look like a theological statement. Our Catechism describes it: ‘God is eternal, earth maker, pain bearer, life giver; source of all that is and shall be; father and mother of us all. We learn that God is one, yet revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit  – a Holy Trinity.’

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9 June 2019 -The Feast of Pentecost (C)

The power of language
Genesis 11:1-9 & Acts 2:1-21

Once upon a time, before history started, the whole earth had only one language and the same words. But human beings got above themselves and decided to become famous by building a great tower – so high that it could reach the heavens. But God took one look and said, “One people, one language; why, this is only a first step. No telling what they’ll come up with next — they’ll stop at nothing! Come, we’ll go down and garble their speech so they won’t understand each other.” Then God scattered them from there all over the world, and they had to quit building the city. That’s how it came to be called Babel, because there God turned their language into ‘babble’ (that’s what ‘Babel’ means)...

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2 June 2019 - Easter 7

Lessons from a prison cell
Acts 16:16-34

Still in Philippi, Paul and Silas were going to the place of prayer and were accosted by a slave girl who had the ability to foretell the future. She was a valuable possession of her owners who would hire her out to read palms and provide entertainment at business conventions. She was also possessed by a demon – mentally unbalanced, we would say. The girl took to following Paul and Silas around, shouting out to them, claiming that they were “slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.”

Her claim was true, but not in the sense she meant...

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Sermons - May 2019 Print E-mail

Our Priest in Charge, the Rev'd Alister Hendery, is making available his sermons via this website.  Here is your opportunity to download a sermon as a Pdf file and read it at your leisure.  Below are this month's sermons.

See other sermons here:

Sermons Latest

Sermons 2019 Jan - March

Sermons 2018 44 - 47 (Dec)

Sermons 2018 34 - 43 (Oct - Nov)

Sermons 2018 26 - 33 (Aug - Sept)

Sermons 2018 18 - 25 (May - July)

Sermons 2018 8-17 (Mar - May)

Sermons 2018 1-7 (Feb - Mar)

 

19 May 2019 - Easter 5

It’s all about love – that’s all
John 13:31-35

Over the years I’ve been present at many deathbeds and heard a dying person utter their final words. It’s a sacred space for I’m aware that I stand in a place that is on the borders of heaven and earth, and some of the words I’ve heard spoken have remained me, even decades later. So it was with a man who had spent his life seeking to serve our Lord. As he lay dying, he had reflected on his life, on the ministry he had exercised, and on the relationships that encircled him. He turned to me and said, “I’ll tell you what it’s all about.” I waited, and then after a time he continued, “It’s all about love – that’s all. It’s all about love.” And those were some of the last words he ever spoke. I knew the man well, and I knew they weren’t sentimental words, for he wasn’t given to sentimentality. He had encapsulated what his faith meant to him and what his life had been all about. But I suspect he also uttered them as a gift to me – for they were the final words of a father to his son...

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12 May 2019 - Easter 4

The Tabithas among us
Acts 9:36-43

In the Acts of the Apostles Luke tells us stories from the life of the early church, which are usually about significant events. But every now and then he changes gear – from history-changing moments to small domestic ones. That’s what we have today.

We’re in an upstairs room in an ordinary home, filled with the knitting and sewing that a good woman had spent so many of her hours doing. But then she got sick, and now she’s dead. Her name was Tabitha, or in Greek, Dorcas. Luke tells us that she was a disciple and was well known for doing good and helping out...

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5 May 2019 - Easter 3

Believers in the impossible
Acts 9:1-20; Psalm 30; John 21:1-19

In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, the White Queen tells Alice that in her youth, she believed six impossible things every morning before breakfast and advises Alice to believe in impossibilities as well. The 50 days of Easter is a season for believers in the impossible. It’s a time when we’re encouraged to think ‘what can be done’ rather than ‘what can’t be done’. It’s when we’re led to discover that God is at work in our lives, giving us more than we dare ask or even imagine. The Easter season are days in which possibilities abound; when it’s right to believe the impossible; to expect God to do the unexpected; to see the surprising happen...

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Sermons - April 2019 Print E-mail

Our Priest in Charge, the Rev'd Alister Hendery, is making available his sermons via this website.  Here is your opportunity to download a sermon as a Pdf file and read it at your leisure.  Below are this month's sermons.

See other sermons here:

Sermons Latest

Sermons 2018 44 - 47 (Dec)

Sermons 2018 34 - 43 (Oct - Nov)

Sermons 2018 26 - 33 (Aug - Sept)

Sermons 2018 18 - 25 (May - July)

Sermons 2018 8-17 (Mar - May)

Sermons 2018 1-7 (Feb - Mar)

 

28 April 2019 - Easter 2

Faith with doubts and wounds
John 20:19-31

On the evening of that first Easter Day, some of Jesus’ disciples gathered in a room behind locked doors. Not only were they grieving – they were also scared – frightened that those who had arrested and executed Jesus would now come after them. To compound their heartbreak, there were rumours that somehow Jesus had survived death. Then, suddenly, he’s standing among them and says, “Peace be with you.” To prove that it was really him, he showed them the wounds on his body – the place where the nails had gone, and a hole that a spear had left in his side when a soldier had checked that he was dead...

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25 April 2019 - ANZAC Day

A Reflection at service to Commemorate ANZAC Day

While April the 25th was originally set aside to remember the events that took place at Gallipoli during the First World War, our understanding of ANZAC Day has expanded to include all wars where New Zealanders and Australians fought and died.  Remembering their sacrifice is an essential aspect of today’s commemorations but isn’t limited to that...

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21 April 2019 - Easter Day

“I have seen the Lord.”
John 20:1-18

A woman, by the name of Mary Magdalene, preached the first ever Easter Day sermon. It was a very simple sermon consisting of just one sentence: “I have seen the Lord.”

I could well stop there, because I can’t do better. In those few words Mary has said it all. Though perhaps, I ought to flesh it out a little, but not too much.

Mary was by the empty grave, weeping. She assumed, quite reasonably, that Jesus’ body had been removed. Then a man, whom she supposed to be one of the cemetery staff, asked her why she was grieving. She explained, and then he uttered her name. In that brief moment of intimacy, Mary recognised who the man was. She went back to her friends and preached that sermon: “I have seen the Lord.”

As well trained Anglicans we would have at least said: “Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!” But no, she simply says, “I have seen the Lord.”

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19 April 2019

With us…
Good Friday

In 1373, an English woman lay critically ill in bed, probably stricken by the plague, and facing what she thought would be her death. We know very little about her life, but we do know she recovered and took the name, Julian.

As Julian lay in bed she received a series of visions of Jesus, which she wrote down in a book entitled Sixteen Revelations of Divine Love. It was the first English-language book to be written by a woman. Many made pilgrimage to Norwich seeking Julian’s wisdom and spiritual insight. All these centuries later Julian of Norwich is treasured as one of the greatest English mystics...

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18 April 2019

Washing and being washed
Maundy Thursday
John 13:1-17, 31b-35

It’s Jesus’ last night with his disciples. He gathers them together in an upper room and does something that will shape the lives of his followers for the centuries to come. It’s a very mundane action. As the group arrives their feet are dirty from walking on the unsealed roads in open sandals. Normally, a servant would’ve met them at the door and washed their feet. But the servant is absent. The natural thing would have been for one of the disciples to perform this menial task. But each left it to someone else to do.

I imagine they would’ve gladly washed Jesus’ feet, but I can see them having problems washing one another’s. Peter would’ve struggled to wash the feet of those two social climbers, James and John. And how would Matthew, the former tax collector and collaborator, serve Simon the fanatical Zealot? So in the end it was left up to Jesus to wash their feet, even those of the man who would shortly betray him...

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14 April 2019

Expectations turned up side down
Palm Sunday (C)
Luke 19:28-40

It’s a carefully arranged parade. Luke tells us that Jesus rode down the hill on the back of a colt. As he did so, the crowd of followers burst into enthusiastic praise over all the great things they had seen him do, and they shouted:

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven and glory to God.”

It was a triumphal procession. The people were familiar with kings who came riding into town like this. They would welcome them back from a successful battle by spreading their clothes on the road and shouting out praises. We’ve seen this scene play out. In countries where an unpopular government is overthrown the crowds gather and celebrate with triumphal processions, though in New Zealand it’s usually reserved for sportspeople. We put these parade on for the medallists when they return from the Olympic or Commonwealth Games, and when a sports team wins a world cup.

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Prayer for Christchurch Print E-mail

candles-19Archbishops' call to prayer re Christchurch

Our two New Zealand-based Archbishops have issued a statement in the wake of the Christchurch massacre. They have expressed their shock, sorrow and solidarity - and called Anglicans to pray for all affected.

Here follows a statement from Archbishops Philip Richardson and Don Tamihere, joint leaders of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand.

"We are shocked at the appalling and horrific acts of violence that occurred in Christchurch today.

"We feel utterly saddened for those who have lost their lives, and for their families and loved ones who mourn them. Indeed we mourn with them as fellow citizens and members of the same human whānau, and we utterly condemn the despicable and cowardly acts of violence that took their lives.

"The freedom of worship and religious life is an absolute right to all in this land. We choose to stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters and support their continued and inalienable right to live and worship here in peace.

"All of us who live here in Aotearoa New Zealand must stand in solidarity in the face of such evil – and we call upon Anglicans throughout Aotearoa New Zealand to uphold all those affected in prayer, and to respond to this act by rejecting the rhetoric of hatred and religious intolerance, and to show compassion and kindness to all our neighbours who wish to live here in peace."

Archbishop Philip Richardson, Senior Bishop of the New Zealand Anglican dioceses
Archbishop Don Tamihere, Pihopa o Aotearoa.

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Sermons - March 2019 Print E-mail

Our Priest in Charge, the Rev'd Alister Hendery, is making available his sermons via this website.  Here is your opportunity to download a sermon as a Pdf file and read it at your leisure.  Below are this month's sermons.

See other sermons here:

Sermons Latest

Sermons 2018 44 - 47 (Dec)

Sermons 2018 34 - 43 (Oct - Nov)

Sermons 2018 26 - 33 (Aug - Sept)

Sermons 2018 18 - 25 (May - July)

Sermons 2018 8-17 (Mar - May)

Sermons 2018 1-7 (Feb - Mar)

 

24 March 2019

In the face of suffering… Why?
Lent 3 (C)
Isaiah 55:1-9; Psalm 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9

When tragedy strikes, when we’re faced with suffering, we ask some big questions: Why – why did this happen? Why me? What’s the point of it all? Where do we go from here? How do I make sense of what’s happened? Where is God in this? Why do bad things happen to good people? And it’s tempting to give neat, tidy answers. Over these past days, in the wake of the horrific events in Christchurch, I’ve read and heard some responses that try to make it all sound very simple. Some of those responses, like that of a certain Australian politician are downright offensive. In effect they place the blame on the victims themselves. It’s an old and very tempting argument. Bad things happen to bad people. And when it’s applied theologically, it gives us a God who obeys the laws of physics. For every action there’s an opposite reaction. But in today’s Gospel passage we hear Jesus refusing to buy into that argument...

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17 March 2019

The fox and the hen
Lent 2 (C)
Luke 13:31-35

‘There was once a little red hen that lived in a house by herself in the wood. And over the hill, in a hole in the rocks, lived a sly, crafty old fox…’ It’s a classic image, and it’s one that Jesus uses in today’s Gospel reading: the sly, predatory fox and the comforting, protective hen...

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10 March 2019

The temptation to forget
Lent 1 (C)
Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13

It’s reasonable to expect the preacher on the first Sunday of Lent to talk about temptation, after all we’ve just heard about Jesus’ temptations. And, yes, I want to talk about temptation, but not about Jesus’ temptations, nor those pet temptations that we might strive to overcome this Lent. Rather, let’s think about a temptation that besets all of us. It’s the temptation to forget – to forget who we are, to forget what God has done for us, to forget where we came from and who gave us life, to forget who created us, who sustains us and makes it possible for us to be who we are and to do all that we can...

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6 March 2019 - Ash Wednesday

The gift of the heart
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

‘Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.’
These words, spoken to Adam, are spoken to us today. They are uttered as ashes are placed on our foreheads in the sign of a cross.

‘Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.’
They take us back to basics – back to the fact that one day we shall die – that one day our bodies shall be but dust. It’s a tough message, though we aren’t told it to make us feel awful, but to remind us of what of really matters in life – to remind us that we are God’s creatures. The way Genesis describes it – God took a handful of dust, breathed into it, and then there was life: humankindcreated by the hand of God...

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