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Father Hugh Bowron

Dealing with Diversity
Ordinary 16 : 22 July 2018
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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?

Brian Kilkelly

Two By Two
Ordinary 15 : 15 July 2018
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Pondering today’s Gospel reading, Our Deacon considers the importance of togetherness in our Christian walk.

Father Hugh Bowron

Catholicisation of Saint Peter’s
Patronal Festival : 1 July 2018
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’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.

The Right Reverend Dr Steven Benford, Bishop of Dunedin

Service
Ordination of Brian Kilkelly : 10 June 2018
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Preaching during the Ordination Service for Brian Kilkelly, the Bishop emphasises the duty of service incumbent upon the clergy.

Or watch the Bishop’s Ordination Sermon on YouTube.

Father Hugh Bowron

End of Time
Corpus Christi : 3 June 2018
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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.

Father Hugh Bowron

Amazing Things
Pentecost : 20 May 2018
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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...’.

Father Hugh Bowron

Systems Theory
Easter 6 : 6 May 2018
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Yes, even The Church now has Systems Theory. Learn all about it!

Father Hugh Bowron

Nurturing the vine
Easter 5 : 29 April 2018
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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.

Father Hugh Bowron

Good Shepherd
Easter 4 : 22 April 2018
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What does it mean to be a good shepherd? And what does Christ our shepherd offer us? – and our priests and ministers?

Father Hugh Bowron

Resurrection
Easter 3 : 15 April 2018
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A look at the place of the Resurrection in life and theology.

Father Hugh Bowron

Life and Death
Easter Day : 1 April 2018
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On the day of resurrection, Our Vicar looks into the real meaning of our birth, life and rebirth.

Father Hugh Bowron

That Enrapturing Vision
Lent 5 : 18 March 2018
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As Holy Week approaches, Our Vicar looks at Our Lord’s earthly mission and how it altered at the cross.

Brian Kilkelly

Mothering Us
Mothering Sunday : 11 March 2018
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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.

Father Hugh Bowron

Three events and a promise
Lent 3 : 4 March 2018
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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?

Father Hugh Bowron

Pagan Influence
Harvest Festival : 25 February 2018
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Harvest Festival is an opportunity to consider the influence and risks of basing Church festivals on pre-Christian habits.

Father Hugh Bowron

Little Angels
Lent 1 : 18 February 2018
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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.

Father Hugh Bowron

Mystery and Power, Respect and Awe
Ordinary 5 : 4 February 2018
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Secular versions of Jesus ignore what is really important. And with Lent looming we do well to concentrate on what is important.

Father Hugh Bowron

Tories at Prayer?
Ordinary 4 : 28 January 2018
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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.

Father Hugh Bowron

Be Thankful
Ordinary 3 : 21 January 2018
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This morning’s readings perhaps boil down to this thought – Be Thankful.

Father Hugh Bowron

Closer than Kissing
Ordinary 2 : 14 January 2018
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’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.

Father Hugh Bowron

Family paradoxes
Holy Family : 31 December 2017
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On the Feast of the Holy Family, Our Vicar looks at Jesus’ family and considers what family – both blood and Christian – mean to us.

Father Hugh Bowron

Honouring Advent
Advent 3 : 17 December 2017
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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.

Brian Kilkelly

Found in the wilderness
Advent 2 : 10 December 2017
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A guest preacher considers the importance of the wilderness – physical or metaphorical – in our spiritual development.

Father Hugh Bowron

No Time is Slack Time
Advent 1 : 3 December 2017
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What should we do about the current secular attack upon Christianity?

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