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Hi and good morning from the Vicar. If you are visiting us today we hope you feel welcomed and encouraged as you encounter God’s presence with us and hang out with our whanau. Feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and to get to know some of our people.

Motion 29

The Anglican Communion, (Aotearoa and Pacifica) and our Nelson Diocese has been discussing and praying about the issue of homosexuality for some years now. More specifically we have discussed gay marriage, same sex relationship blessings and the ordination of practicing gay people. There has been a lot of talk and no decisions have been made.

Motion 29 will be discussed at General Synod, I think in April. Our Diocesan General Synod representatives will present the views of our Diocese. It has been formulated by a group chosen by General Synod. On the 10 March 2018 our Diocese will have a one day Special Synod. The sole purpose of that meeting is to discuss Motion 29.

Our Parish Synod representatives will represent your views at the Diocesan One Day Synod in March. Synod reps are (Matt MacDonald David Fither stone Angila Galbrath) That means we need to know what you think about Motion 29. At this point most of you will not even have heard of it.

Simply put, Motion 29 is a pragmatic suggestion, to our national church, of a way to deal with the blessing of same-sex relationships. The suggestion aims to hold together our national church in the midst of widely-differing viewpoints. Motion 29 suggests that clergy be allowed to bless same sex relationships in dioceses where their bishop gives permission. No one will be forced to conduct same sex blessings if they believe it is wrong. No one will be permitted to carry out same sex marriages. Same sex marriage is not addressed in this motion. Neither is the ordination of practicing homosexuals.

For some people Motion 29 is one step too far. For others it doesn’t go anywhere far enough. Over the next 3 months our parish will go through a process of information and feedback about Motion 29. Our Diocese has put out some information to give us very useful background; historical, theological and pastoral. This can be found on the internet: http://www.nelsonanglican.org.nz/diocese-resources – you need to scroll down to Motion 29 near the bottom. There you will find 5 video clips and 4 documents. All are useful. Please do access them. There will be some hard copies in the office if needed.

We will offer two ways for you to give your feedback on Motion 29. They are either by way of written submission or simply talking to the Synod reps or to myself. Please pray, especially for those you disagree with. Pray for our church unity (local and national) and witness for Christ.

Yours in Christ

Phil

 

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Posted in: The Inside Column- Dec 04, 2017 No Comments

Hi and good morning from the Vicar. If you are visiting us today we hope you feel welcomed and encouraged as you encounter God’s presence with us and hang out with our whanau. Feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and to get to know some of our people.

What a great night on Friday, with Luke being ordained Priest. Thanks to everyone that came along to support him and to those that helped with supper. Please keep Luke and family in your prayers as he continues his training for his life as a priest.

We have a family coming to church that are in need of a couple of household items. We are looking for some blankets and a bed, if you have extra blankets or a bed can you please bring them to the church office.

At St Barnabas we have a small food bank that we are able to help some families with food, from time to time when needed. At Christmas we would like to bless others by putting together a couple of food parcels for some church and community families. If you are able to put one small Christmas food item in the basket at the back of church we will put them to good use and help some families this Christmas.

Here is an update on the church Made new project

Funds as at end of October:

From Pledge Day                     $ 54,500.00

Other Funds Available               $ 54,000.00

Diocesan Funding                   $ 10,000.00

Total To Date                           $118,500.00

This is a massive blessing and we are so thankful for Gods provision in this project. For those of you that are still to give please you mark you pledge with Made New Project clearly to avoid any confusion.

We are looking at starting the work on the church roof in April next year, but this is still to be confirmed. I you have not given to this project yet, it is not too late, we are still some way short of covering the complete costs of replacement.

Please note all the dates for Christmas events coming up in the updated ‘What’s on in December’ sheet. This is a great time of year to be able to invite people that would not normally come to church.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

- Philippians 4:4-7

 God Bless,

Phil

 

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Posted in: The Inside Column- Nov 27, 2017 No Comments

Hi and good morning from the Vicar. If you are visiting us today we hope you feel welcomed and encouraged as you encounter God’s presence with us and hang out with our whanau. Feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and to get to know some of our people.

Coming up this week Luke is going to be ordained Priest, Friday night 7.00pm at the cathedral, all are welcome to come and celebrate. We have been asked to help provide supper so if you are coming could you bring a plate? That would be helpful.

A recap out of our little series of one things:

One Thing I Ask (Psalm 27:4)

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. David was called “a man after God’s own heart.” Although David could have wanted many things (victory over his enemies, the crown on his head), we see him relentlessly return his focus to God. David sought God more than any earthly treasure.

One Thing You Lack (Mark 10:21)

And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” The rich young ruler claimed to be righteous, but he is unwilling to give Jesus the one thing He asked for: himself. The rich young ruler was willing to impress Jesus with his track record, but he was unwilling to surrender his status.

One Thing I Know  (John 9:25)

He answered, “Whether He is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” A man born blind is healed by Jesus. When interrogated by the religious leaders, he doesn’t present a well-prepared speech or get intimidated. He simply tells his story: He was blind, but now he sees. In response, Jesus declares the blind man seeing and the religious leaders blind.

One Thing is Necessary (Luke 10:41-42)

But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” One day Martha had an unexpected houseguest -the Son of God. While she toils over a meal for Jesus and twelve other men, Mary sits at Jesus’ feet. Jesus responds to her complaint by saying, “You are anxious and troubled with much serving.” Martha was so focused on doing a good thing that she missed out on the best thing.

This week Paul — One thing I do

Yours in Christ

Phil

 

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Posted in: The Inside Column- Nov 20, 2017 No Comments

Hi and good morning from the curate. If you are visiting us today we hope you feel welcomed and encouraged as you encounter God’s presence with us and hang out with our whanau. Feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and to get to know some of our people.

This month I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in a couple of creative endeavours which has been very encouraging.

One of these was assisting in running an event called ‘Glorify’ which is a regional wide conference for local worship leaders and their teams. The Nelson Worship Collective team, which I’m a member of, was in charge of pulling the weekend together in a very short time frame on a shoe string budget (as in we only had a shoe string) but we felt God was keen for us to run this thing and so journeyed down the path of obedience while at the same time freaking out.

A week before we were meant to run the event however, we had our guest speakers booked, local workshop presenters signed up, worship teams participating from all around the region and even financial backing to see us through. God had it all in hand and we had a really amazing weekend of encouragement, exceling in our gifts and encountering God’s presence. It was so positive to see sixty people take part in this initial event and hang out with so many different worshipping musos over the weekend.

The highlight for me was hearing one of our key note speakers David Lyle Morris, describe a story of being asked to lead a worship song at New Zealand cricketing great Martin Crowes funeral, which was broadcast worldwide, with actor Russel Crowe sitting in the front row. He was scared, which for a pro muso is saying something, but felt God say to him that the last few decades of worship leading, of failures and hard stuff and toil without much earthly reward, was preparation and part of the process for this moment and becoming the person able to be used in this powerful way. It was stirring stuff and struck a chord or two with the punters for sure, with a powerful reminder that God is faithful to His promises and rewards those who are obedient to His call.

Also happening creatively for the curate this month… An opportunity to be involved in making a short film for local band City of light’s new single release ‘Renew’ (being filmed at St Barnabas with paid actors and everything)…Meeting with the creative crew to start planning our Christmas stage set up (Going to be epic)…And gathering some of our kids together to prep a few songs for the Christingle service Sunday 17th December. Exciting.

Enjoy your week and may the One who gives us creative gifts and talents richly bless and be with you in all that you are doing for him.

Luke

 

The Inside Column 12/11

Posted in: The Inside Column- Nov 13, 2017 No Comments

Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke. If you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s almighty grace for you and loving presence as you join us in worship. Please feel free to chat with us afterwards over a coffee and meet some of our people.

Thank you to everybody that helped with the church fair yesterday. Apart from raising some money for the church, it gives us, as two congregations, the chance to work together with a common goal. Thanks to all the people that helped set up, pack down, to those that led the different parts of the fair, to those that brought baking, to everyone involved.

The other thing that the fair does is it opens up St Barnabas to the community. People that may not have ever been in the building before come and can see that we are here, and we are a vibrant community of people.

This week one thing I know

‘A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. ‘Give glory to God by telling the truth,’ they said. ‘We know this man is a sinner.’ He replied, ‘Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!’ Then they asked him, ‘What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?’ He answered, ‘I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?’ Then they hurled insults at him and said, ‘You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses!  We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.’                  – John 9: 24-29

A man born blind is healed by Jesus. When interrogated by the religious leaders, he doesn’t present a well prepared speech or get intimidated, he simply tells his story: he was blind, but now he sees. In response, Jesus declares the blind man seeing and the religious leaders blind.

As I have been reading this story over the last couple of weeks it has become one of my favourites. There is something amazingly powerful about the blind man’s story. He does not confess to know much at all, but the one thing he does know no one can take from him. The blind man also has a good dig at the religious leaders.

Have a great week

Phil