Spring Fair Print E-mail

Come along to our St Matthew's Community Spring Fair on Saturday 3 November, starts 9am!

Support the Parish, St Matthew's School and Waiapu Kids - Early Childhood Centre.

Bargains for everyone, Pam's Plants, lots of preloved items, collectables, jigsaws, cakes, preserves, sweets, kid's games, bouncy castles, and more!  See you at the fair

 
Concert - Songs & Dance from Renaissance Europe Print E-mail

Steve Pickett and Campbell Lovatt are specialist performers of plucked instruments from the Old World of 16th and 17th century Europe.

Joined by singer and harpist Amy Dunn, they will take you on a musical journey through Renaissance Europe and beyond.

Songs and dance music from England, Spain and Italy will be performed on lute, guitars, theorbo and harp.

When:  Sunday 28 October, 2pm - 3pm

Tickets - $15.00.
Seniors / Students - $10.00
12 & under - no charge
Door sales only.

 
Sermons - October 2018 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.

To read more, click on the following:

Sermons Latest
Sermons 2018 8-17
Sermons 2018 1-7


Sunday 14 October

A presence in absence
OS 28 (B)
Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31

Where is God? Apparently absent. “If I go forward, he is not there; or backward, I cannot perceive him; on the left he hides, and I cannot behold him; I turn to the right, but I cannot see him.”  Job longs to find God, to appear before God, to present his case, and to hear God’s answers. But finding God is the problem. God is nowhere to be seen – nowhere to be found...

Click here to download the sermon as a Pdf


Sunday 7 October

The Blessing of the Animals – Lessons from ‘Ewok’

His name is Pericles (because Persian cats fit classical names), though he’s known in the family as Ewok (because that’s what he looks like). He’s turns seven this month, and he and I have a rather special bond. In fact, from time to time, my wife has to remind me that I’m the human and he’s the animal. Well, the other night, as he often does, Ewok jumped up onto the bed, climbed onto my chest and waited for me to give him a cuddle. As he lay there, I wondered: why is Ewok, or for that matter any pet, so very special? As I thought about it, I realised that this bundle of fur reminds me of how it can be with God...

Click here to download the sermon as a Pdf

 

Sunday 7 October

Tough questions
OS 27 (B)
Job 1:1; 2:1-10 & Mark 10:2-16

‘There once was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job.’ So begins a very powerful story – powerful, because Job’s story is our story and the questions that Job asks, may be our questions – powerful, because there’s no escape into easy answers, no evading of the tough aspects of human existence...

Click here to download the sermon as a Pdf

 
Sermons - Sept 2018 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.

To read more, click on the following:

Sermons Latest
Sermons 2018 8-17
Sermons 2018 1-7


Sunday 30 September

The faith community that jingles

OS 26B
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22 & James 5:13-20

You may have had the experience of someone reporting how something you said or did had affected them deeply – how, through you, they experienced God’s mercy and love – perhaps even, God’s power. Such feedback says more about God than us. It’s about how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things – to act, to heal, and to transform the lives of others. The Bible is loaded with such stories – tales of people whom God uses to fulfil divine purposes...

Click here to download the sermon as a Pdf

 

Sunday 16 September

Saint Matthew
Matthew 9:9-13
About a God who likes to keeps bad company

Adrian Plass, who is a rather successful writer on Christian themes, tells this story about himself.

When I was sixteen I loathed myself. I hated my face and my body, I had been expelled from school for truancy, and I had neither a job nor any visible prospect of getting one. The chaos inside my head was quite frightening. To make matters worse, I had developed a strategy of using scathing sarcasm in the conduct of my relationships with almost anyone who made me feel silly (that is, almost everyone).

Click here to download the sermon as a Pdf


Sunday 9 September

Ordinary Sunday 23 (B)
Mark 7: 31-37
Please listen to me!

‘They brought to Jesus a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him.’

Mark tells this story because of what it says about Jesus. In Jesus we see the fulfilment of the promise that when the Messiah comes ‘The deaf will hear … and those who cannot speak will shout for joy.’ It’s evidence for who Jesus is. But I wonder, what was life like for the man – what was it like to be deaf and to live with a speech impediment?

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Sunday 2 September

Ordinary Sunday 22 (B)
James 1:17-27 & Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23
Our Inward Hearts

We’re back into Mark’s Gospel, and what do we get, but this seemingly obscure argument between the Pharisees and Jesus about washing hands. How on earth can this connect with our lives today? Well, to do that, we need to get inside the world of first century Judaism...

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Click on the icon at left or go to-
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Sunday Prayer Vigil Print E-mail

Sunday Prayer Vigils are held each Sunday from 9.15 to 9.35am in the Lady Chapel.

Everyone is welcome to come along, to pray for God's guidance and blessings on our Vicar Helen, on St Matthew's Parish community and our wider community, and the city of Hastings.

 
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