One hundred years after the Great War ended, Dr Harding talks about impressions and lessons from recent visits to war graves on the Western Front and looks at how Christians respond to war.
’I might have been expected to return from my visits to the Western Front an ardent pacifist, but I did not. ... While war is undoubtedly evil, we are living in a fallen world and sometimes it is necessary.’
’There has been rather too much emphasis on the here and now dimension of Christian life in the way the Faith has often been talked about in recent years’
Struck by this morning’s reading from Mark’s Gospel, Our Assistant Priest looks at the ways we can move from darkness into light.
Fresh from a month’s leave, Our Vicar discusses whether it is possible to usefully take on the worries of others.
Our Vicar considers the place of ritual in our lives and worship.
Are we here–for–a–season Christians or the loyal lifelong friends of Jesus, with Him in His church until the end?
An explanation of what Anglicans understand by Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist.
Our Vicar discusses the ’deeper meaning and significance’ of the Transfiguration.
As this morning’s reading from Ephesians shows, the question of how diverse people can happily coexist is not new to our times. What can Ephesians tell us about how we can and should approach diversity amongst our fellows?
Pondering today’s Gospel reading, Our Deacon considers the importance of togetherness in our Christian walk.
’As is my recent custom on the Patronal Festival...’ Our Vicar introduces the next instalment of his researches into our history; this time it is the period when Saint Peter’s became an established Anglo-Catholic parish.
Preaching during the Ordination Service for Brian Kilkelly, the Bishop emphasises the duty of service incumbent upon the clergy.
We are used to seeing time as a single continuum – it moves inexorably in one direction. Events like the Resurrection though are present in both the past and the present; in both the present and the future. Our Vicar looks at how we might understand this.
Not everyone is convinced of the usefulness of various exuberant practices of the evangelical and charismatic movements but, says Our Vicar, ’...The Holy Spirit makes amazing things happen when that is required...’.
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Increased interest amongst New Zealanders in wines and wine making make the metaphor in this morning’s Gospel easier for us to understand, but there is still plenty to ponder.
What does it mean to be a good shepherd? And what does Christ our shepherd offer us? – and our priests and ministers?
A look at the place of the Resurrection in life and theology.
On the day of resurrection, Our Vicar looks into the real meaning of our birth, life and rebirth.
As Holy Week approaches, Our Vicar looks at Our Lord’s earthly mission and how it altered at the cross.
Our guest preacher – a Saint’s parishioner – looks at the essences of motherhood, how they appear in all of us and are fundamental to the Church.
In a follow-up to last week’s sermon, Our Vicar looks into the Old Testament. How reliable is it? What does it really tell us?
Harvest Festival is an opportunity to consider the influence and risks of basing Church festivals on pre-Christian habits.
As Lent gets under way, Our Vicar suggests it is a good time to give the angelic side of our natures a chance to shine.
Secular versions of Jesus ignore what is really important. And with Lent looming we do well to concentrate on what is important.
Starting from disruptions during Services, visiting Marks’s Gospel then noting the state of the modern church, Our Vicar arrives at the importance of confidence in God.
This morning’s readings perhaps boil down to this thought – Be Thankful.
’I'd be prepared to bet that most clergy this Sunday will pass over the Corinthians reading in silence...’ – but not Our Vicar, who considers Christchurch, Corinth, cohabitation and Church as he looks at the place and importance of marriage.
On the Feast of the Holy Family, Our Vicar looks at Jesus’ family and considers what family – both blood and Christian – mean to us.
Advent is not simply a preparation season for Christmas. It has its own place in our faith and deserves respect. As evidenced in this morning’s Gospel.
A guest preacher considers the importance of the wilderness – physical or metaphorical – in our spiritual development.
What should we do about the current secular attack upon Christianity?
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