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Decommissioning Service this Sunday 7 April

This Sunday at 10am we decommission the earthquake damaged St Stephen’s Church Building ahead of its demolition over the following weeks.  We warmly invite friends of St Stephen’s to come along and be with us that day.  Morning tea will follow.  Our guest preacher is the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, Rt Rev Ray Coster (pictured).  Ray is a warm, thoughtful man who will encourage us and challenge us.  All welcome!

Ray Coster

Garage Sale Today

the cheerful outside shoppers

the cheerful outside shoppers

We had a great sale today – the dynamic and ethnically mixed community around us turned out and everyone got a bargain.  The banter and laughter was a joy to be part of.  It is great to be the conduit for getting modestly priced goods to people who can use them.  It was also a successful fundraiser for our church community as it serves the Bryndwr/Burnside community.  Many thanks to the tireless and willing workers who helped make it happen!
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Rev Dr Kevin Ward’s reflection at Dan Spragg’s Commissioning

Kevin Ward from the Knox Centre in Dunedin preached at Dan’s Commissioning.  It was great to have him along.  Kevin is Dan’s tutor and has been doing some work with several St Stephen’s folk as they step up into particular roles around Dan to support and encourage him in his training.  Here is his fine sermon:

Luke 5:1-11: Following Jesus

 

Few years ago I had the wonderful privilege of going as a biblical and historical teacher with a tour group for 3 weeks to Israel, Jordan and Lebanon. Stayed 4 days on shores of Sea of Galilee. Found a boat preserved in mud from time of Jesus and so constructed some based on it. Sailed up to Capernaum on one. Near there are series of steep inlets with zig zagging shoreline with each inlet forming  natural amphitheatre  and voice carries so clearly.

So pretty easy me picture this scene. One of secrets understanding gospel is to use imagination and paint a picture Continue reading

Easter Church Services 2013

Easter Services

 

                       

GOOD FRIDAY

10.00am Reflection at St Stephen’s cnr Aorangi & Ilam Rds

EASTER SUNDAY

10.00am Holy Communion

at St Giles cnr Papanui Rd & Frank St

Garage Sale

This Saturday at 8.30am we are holding our community Garage Sale… it is a great opportunity for people in the community to access cheap homeware, furniture, toys, cakes, clothes, bedding, books, jams & pickles.  There is even a sausage sizzle!!

Sermon 25-11-12

Reflection on the Realm of Christ by Mart the Rev

‘Then Pilate entered the headquarters, summoned Jesus, and asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over… But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.’ John 18:33-38

 

Do you agree that we can talk more easily about Jesus the man than about Jesus the ‘Ascended Lord’ who sits at the right hand of the Father?  We hear stories told of him and we like the way he saw the world.  We are drawn to him – we take up the call to follow him.  We seek to live like him.  We are part of a community that lives in his way and reveres him.  So far, we can do all of those things and not attend to the risen and ascended dimensions of Jesus that are unfolded in the scriptures.  But these other dimensions to who Christ is are also part of the story!  Actually all of the New Testament scriptures are written Continue reading