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Even if you abandon me

The book of Hosea in the Bible tells the story of a prophet whose wife is unfaithful. She leaves the man she has married and sleeps with other men. She breaks all the promises she has made to Hosea. But Hosea is not prepared to just let her walk away and he goes out in search of her and seeks to win her back. In the Bible the story of Hosea and Gomer becomes an acted-out example of God’s love for his people, who like Gomer, have turned their backs on the promises they have made. Here we learn ...

January 31, 2023

We're starting up again

mainly music kicks off again Wednesday 8 February 2023 from 10am. Doors open from 9.30am. Cost $2 per child or $3 per family. This programme is a fun way for parents and their children to spend quality time together based around music and movement. It is an opportunity for us as a church to connect with and offer something back to the community of which we are a part. It’s also away for us to demonstrate care, concern and support for those with young children....

January 31, 2023

Love that won't let go

How often do you find yourself feeling abandoned by others? Maybe your work colleagues, your friends or even those closest to you. It hurts when those who we believe love us or have our backs, turn away and leave us all alone.Hosea was a prophet in the Old Testament, a man whose life became a public display of abandonment and betrayal to the people around him. Gomez, his wife, abandons their marriage and runs off after other men. And God tells Hosea that the feelings he feels are the very way Go...

January 24, 2023

Is it worth it?

Over the summer break I came across a quote by C.S. Lewis, creator of the Narnia stories, and self-confessed reluctant convert to Christianity. Lewis wrote these words“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance, the only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”  ― C.S. LewisThese words remind us that some things can never be only a little bit important – their truth changes everything about the way we live.  Or at least it should. It re...

January 18, 2023

Love

This coming Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Advent, which marks the period of time in the church year, as we wait and prepare for the arrival of Christmas day. The theme for this week is love. Love is a pretty cheap word today – we love our cats, cars and Netflix shows and yet often are unable to love those in our own families. This Christmas carol written by John Wesley points to a different type of love. Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heav’n, to earth come down, fix in us thy hum...

December 13, 2022

Christmas Carol Singalong

Come and join us Sunday 18 December from 6.30pm as we celebrate with carols and a retelling of the Christmas story.  All welcome. Supper will be served....

December 7, 2022

Joy

Today is the third Sunday of Advent and the theme for this week is Joy. Joy is one of the words the angels used when they announced the birth of Jesus to a bunch of shepherds sitting on a hillside. Luke records it like this  Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Saviour...

December 7, 2022

Peace

This coming Sunday is the second Sunday of Advent, which marks the period of time in the church year, as we wait and prepare for the arrival of Christmas day. The theme for this week is peace. Peace is not just the absence of conflict but the good news that everything is in harmony with each other – God and us, us and others, us and the world we live in. John is his Gospel wrote these words, spoken by Jesus,“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gi...

November 29, 2022

Hope

This coming Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent, which marks the period of time in the church year, as we wait and prepare for the arrival of Christmas day. It’s a reminder to us, who already know that Jesus has come, of the long period of waiting the people of Israel endured as they waited for the birth of the Messiah. As Christians we believe Jesus was the fulfilment of that long waited for promise and so we carry within us the hope that Jesus offers to everyone – life in connection with ...

November 22, 2022

You gotta serve someone

It’s a few years since Bob Dylan penned those words for a song he wrote. The song was a reminder that all of us serve somebody, so the key thing is to decide just who or what it is you will serve. This coming Sunday is called Christ the King Sunday in the church calendar, a reminder that Jesus is king of all. Most of us will say we’re not really into kings or giving allegiance to anybody but ourselves. We’re our own boss, our own man or woman. But as Dylan said, we all serve something - mo...

November 15, 2022

Behind it all

I have on my computer two images to use today. You may have seen recently some of the photos of the galaxies as presented by the James Webb satellite. For those familiar with the Hubble telescope images, these new images are even more impressive and compelling. A photo dubbed ‘The Pillars of Creation’ is so awesome. The second image, the one above, is that of a silver eye – a tiny little bird that flits around our garden. Both these images, special as they are, remind us of the one who cre...

November 8, 2022

For all creation

The Good News of the Jesus story is that God wants to make new every aspect of our world and that includes the environment in which we live. The Psalms or Poems of the Bible tell how the whole of creation longs to see the world made good. Listen to these words from Psalm 96. Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy! Let the trees of the forest sing for joy before the LORD, for he is co...

October 25, 2022

A families pain

We are posting this report from the police as the family, who we have connections with, wait for news of their missing daughter. Can you help provide answers for them? Please pray for Breanna’s family at this difficult time. Police are continuing their investigation into the disappearance of 22-year-old Breanna Muriwai who was last seen in the early hours of Sunday the 28th of August at Te Horo Beach. The clear focus of the investigation is to find Breanna and to establish the circumstances o...

October 18, 2022

What we worship

Last weekend I watched the Black Ferns win their first pool game of the Women’s Rugby World Cup. 40,000 people crammed into the stadium to support their team and when they won, the crowd heaped upon them their praise and adoration for such a great game. Several years ago an ad here in NZ showed the same stadium with a crowd and the All Blacks with the word ‘worship’ written across it. We often worship a winning team, we pile glory and honour upon them, declaring their worth. N.T Wright say...

October 11, 2022

What do you see?

It’s easy when we look at what is happening in our world at the moment to wonder where God might be in the midst of it all. Has God just left us to our own devices? Does God even care? Covid, war, rising living costs, corrupt politicians – the world sure seems messier than when I was a child. So is God absent or is it perhaps that we are looking in all the wrong places? Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote the following little poem Earth’s crammed with heaven And every common bush afire with G...

October 4, 2022

For all to see

A mirror is a device that reflects light back from itself.  But if you are standing off to one side slightly than there is every chance you may miss the reflection. A mirror ball by contrast reflects lots of light all over the place so that everywhere is covered by the reflection and if the ball is rotating then that light moves around as well. One mirror by itself is easily missed or if it is tainted or fails then the light is easily lost. But on a mirror ball if one mirror fails or is bro...

September 28, 2022

Who will I vote for?

In the mailbox this week I received my voting papers for those standing for public office in our local body elections. So many different people standing, so many different agendas, along with all sorts of promises of what they will or won’t do. How on earth are we supposed to choose?  We could choose the person who most agrees with our own agenda, whatever that might be. Or we can instead try and choose the people who will act with honesty and integrity, doing what is best for all those w...

September 20, 2022

Meet the candidates

One of our members has arranged the following event in which people standing for KCDC office can address our community in person. We have asked the candidates to address the question of how they will help develop well-being for our community on the Kāpiti Coast. The following people have agreed to attend and speak:-1. Maria Mc MILLIAN2. Ian POWELL3. Sophie HANDFORD4. Lawrence KIRBY5. Michelle LEWIS6. Rob KOTOED7. Kathryn SPIERS8.Martin FRAUENSTEIN9. David OGDEN10. Martin HALLIDAY The even...

September 17, 2022

A life of service

Whoever is the greatest should be the servant of the others - Jesus Regardless of our thoughts on the monarchy as an institution, Queen Elizabeth II demonstrated what it meant to live a life dedicated to serving others. These words penned by Matt Redman express what many of us may feel. “I cannot lead you into battle, I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else, I can give you my heart and my devotion.” This quote from the Queen’s 1957 Christmas broadcast sums...

September 13, 2022

Life!

The story of Jesus is supposed to be a message of Good News, of hope and joy to all who hear it. And yet so often it is not portrayed in that way. Far too often this message of hope, of life in abundance, sounds like a message of doom and gloom. Mark, the writer of the earliest Gospel, begins with the words, ‘This is the good news about Jesus Christ, the Son of God’.  A pretty bold claim to make but one which was and is good news. Here is God in-the-flesh come to live amongst us, and t...

September 6, 2022

You don’t deserve it

Have you ever been in a situation where someone else seemed to get treated better than you did? Maybe they got a pay rise and you didn’t.  Maybe they got a better grade on a paper. Maybe they got the credit for work you did. Maybe they got upgraded to a better seat on the airplane. And in that instance how did you feel? Maybe a bit ripped off, grumpy, annoyed. When it happens to kids they throw themselves down on the floor and shout ‘It’s not fair!’. Somehow they believe it’s unju...

August 30, 2022

You know there's always forgiveness

“I will never forgive them”.  How often do we hear those words today.  They cry out to us from the media outlets,  the movies we watch, our social media accounts.  I’ll never be able to forgive what he/she/they did.       Someone has to pay. One of the realities of living in a world filled with people is that at some stage, someone is going to hurt us.  At some point someone will lie to us, or rip us off and hurt us. And when that pers...

August 25, 2022

Have you found it yet?

The movie Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt tells the story of their search for the fabled Tree of Life. It’s a search that they will do anything to win even if it nearly costs them their lives in the process. No sacrifice is too large for them to make.  Jesus once told a story about treasure – it goes like this, 'The kingdom of heaven is like what happens when someone finds a treasure hidden in a field and buries it again. Such a person is happy and goes and sells ...

August 16, 2022

No action too small

A couple of years ago a video appeared on YouTube of a grandmother reading the story Wonky Donkey to her grandchild.  It’s read in a  beautiful Scottish accent but as she reads she begins to laugh at the story until she is so overcome with laughter, that she has tears in her eyes  and is almost unable to continue. This little video clip has gone viral on the Internet and has now been viewed by millions of people.  What’s more it caused a rush on the book which then sold o...

August 9, 2022

Some people are not what they appear to be

The news has recently carried the story of a rich lister who died while serving a prison sentence for drug and sexual-related offences. This self-made millionaire had it all but then let his own desires and addictions drag him into a life of crime. And he’s not the first such person – another of our economic heroes was convicted of child-pornography. Sometime it can be hard to separate good people from bad.  In fact Jesus told a story about wheat and weeds (you can find it in Matthew’...

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