Monday 6 April 2020
I am sending you a daily reflection. Please find enclosed the offering for today
Palm Sunday 5 April 2020
All blessings to you on this day.
It may either magically appear or if you right click you then click on OPEN LINK
Saturday 4 April 2020
Well I Neville, where has the day gone? No time to muse……Sarah Park at Clevedon Parish has prepared a resource- I think I shared on the Facebook page.
On Kim Hill on Radio NZ this morning a virologist,Chris Smith (brain the size of planet) gave the most accessible and informative interview. You can hear it again by going on the site - it was 9-15 am.
I look forward to worship in isolation ( a challenge!). We have a 1/2 hour(ish) Palm Sunday service which should be with you by 10 am at the latest.
Next week I will have daily short reflections.
Keep those prayer chains growing!
Missing you.Good to hear from so many of you.
Let God enfold you on this night,
Friday 3 April 2020
As we anticipate Holy Week perhaps there is a dropping down into a ground of reflection - Stephen Warnes offers us this which is perhaps a way of orientating us on a journey we have never taken in this way before.
I enclose the service sheet for Sunday which acknowledges that we would be having an Awhi Rito Palm Sunday. If you can print it off that would be good. If you have you home made palm cross even better.
I hope to have the service live on Facebook at 9-30 and will email link just after that by email. Hopefully the sound was better on the Wednesday service even if the viewing was a bit wonkey!
I offer you this which is my current meditation piece - David Whyte has this to say, ‘ This is not the time for information, forget the TV screen, radio news and endless twitter. This is the time for loaves and fishes, people are hungry, and one good word is bread for a thousand. Turning one word into bread for a thousand‘. Which he says it what his poetry hopefully does.
I am meditating on “One good word is bread for a thousand”
Go well on this night.
Thursday 2 April 2020
Hello..me again! have been doing some computer autumn cleaning and have found a couple of gems.
This is called Murmuration. Look at the image and think of the body of Christ. It is an awesome sight to behold and listen to the sound of the wings beating. Doesn’t it just take your breath away!
Click here - Listen to the sound of the ‘rain’ and feel the energy of the song.Sandra and Lionel sent this….
And we have this from Meriel
I hear the church is secure but pining for us …what are we pining for?
Stay safe, keep the faith and know that you are loved as a child of God,
Wednesday 1 April 2020
Dear friends, Day 7
Maybe a milestone to stop and take stock.
1.How am I doing on loving my God with my all?
2.How am I doing in the love my neighbor stakes?
3.How am I doing on self love?
We have talked before on the importance of gratitude. How are we going on the nurture front?
How do we put these 3 questions into some sort of meaningful practice?
1. How am I doing on loving my God with my all?
I believe when we sit and ask the big questions we have to do just that-SIT.
We probably need help in doing the NOT doing.
When I worked with children we asked them to imagine sitting on a hillside watching the train carriages go past. It is a long, slow train which takes some minutes to pass from beginning to end. In each carriage was one thought which may be a worry, something to remember, something to forget. As you sit on the hillside watch each carriage pass with each thought in it, let it go as there’s another one and another one. Watch the carriages in clickety clack rhythm move in and out of your vision until the last carriage comes, passes and moves on into the distance.
Perhaps now as we sit we can be more available to listen.Prayer can be like coming to God’s kitchen table when there is bread in the oven and coffee in the pot. Perhaps it is more about just sitting and being open than saying anything.
“Wasting time” with God is a wonderful thing.
2 How am I doing in the love my neighbor stakes?
I invite you to take a risk in your next conversation and talk about how vulnerable- making this all is. One of my clergy colleagues talked about being in his front garden next to the street and having safe conversations over the fence.Connect where you can.
3. How am I doing on self love?
I have been hearing lovely stories about making bath salts. I have been fossicking in my bathroom cupboards and realizing there is this face cream and that nail varnish and whoever gave me that going on.
Talk with people in your bubble. If you are in your own bubble , perhaps call someone and ask each other these questions.
A few of you are journaling each day. This is another way to record the train carriages, the times of joy and difficulty.
I have been very heartened by the capacity of people to share what they are finding funny, helpful or think may be valuable to another.
Here we go.
Have a squizz at this from Hazel https://youtu.be/MMBh-eo3tvE
Barrie Collett has shared some of his favourite music which I will send through in ones and twos https://youtu.be/MMBh-eo3tvE
Felicity and Eric remind us of our cathedral music and services www.holy-trinity.org.nz
The online service is on St John’s Facebook page. I have a computer glitch today and it would not download, so I cannot offer the you tube link here. Sorry about the link being rotated… well I Neville is all I can say . Sorry! This is clearly not my strong suit.
Hope in a vacuum !
May the peace of Christ be with you
Tuesday 31 March 2020
Good morning all,
I thought I would demonstrate self care by taking Monday off.
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have talked to a few of you by phone and we have interacted on line and I hope to post some cards to people who may be accessing neither. Please keep thoughts and ideas flowing.
Jenny Manktelow shared this https://youtu.be/RTPcGoHE5mE
In anticipation of Palm Sunday I have a wee lesson in palm cross making https://youtu.be/9LjDTt9eeo0
No matter if you have no palm fronds, strips of paper will do.
By tomorrow I will have uploaded Morning Prayer instead of our 10 am service. Participate as you are able. I will post on the facebook site and give the link here on emails.
We also boast in our sufferings,knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us,because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. – Romans 5:3-5
May the peace of Christ be always with you,
Sunday 29 March 2020
Good Morning, - Sunday worship link is https://youtu.be/JwtA5Af-mRM Service sheet included.
Number eight wire comes to mind with this one- a few technical hitches but you will get the spirit of it.
All joy to you on this day . May the peace of Christ be always with you .
Other option too- St Mary’s Torbay are live streaming a service at 10. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrVV6T5Q8KpEhj3IUQIT0gQ Apparently you need to ‘arrive ‘ before ten and if you are late need to look after 10-30.
Albany /Greenhithe are live on zoom at 10-30 https://zoom.us/j/3671205657 and later https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBR4Ulhv2JC-2cdvJPQkG4g.
Bishop Ross is doing night prayer on his facebook sit at 7 pm. Please also look at The Daily Office run by the ADJust group on facebook.
Lots of options and opportunities to meet our neighbours and feel part of the wider body of Christ
Midday Prayer with Kay in Church
Night Prayer with Kay
Night Prayer with Kay at Narrow neck beach
Bishop Ross will lead Night Prayer each Sunday evening at 7.00pm. This will be live streamed to his Facebook page and you can follow using the outline of the liturgy for the service here.
The Lent calendar A Journey to Easter is available online now and offers short daily reflections around a different theme each week during Lent. For quick access, copy the URL and pin it to your smartphone’s home screen. Extracts from the calendar are also posted on the Diocesan Facebook page.
A Resurrection Journey will be available online for eight weeks from Palm Sunday 5 April until the Day of Pentecost, Sunday 31 May. It follows a similar format to the Lent calendar and shorter versions of each day's post will also be shared on the Diocesan Facebook page.
Read our last Weekly Newsletter here.