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Author Archives: Bosco Peters

Resources for Ordinary Week 24

Resources for Ordinary Week 24

Let us pray (in silence) [that we may love God in our hearts and in our actions] Pause Lord, [or God of compassion] direct our hearts by the action of your mercy, for without your help we cannot please you; through Jesus Christ who is alive with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,… Continue Reading

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Six New Anglo-Catholic Points

Six New Anglo-Catholic Points

A recent conference called by the new Anglican Bishop of Dunedin, Steven Benford, focused on mission and ministry. It was called an Anglo-Catholic Hui. You can read about it here (link off this site). I was asked to give an address about spirituality. My talk covered some of the themes that regulars here are familiar… Continue Reading

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Prayer and Belief – It’s Complicated

Prayer and Belief – It’s Complicated

Lex orandi, lex credendi – the law of praying is the law of believing. Prayer shapes belief. Liturgy leads to theology. But we also know that the relationship works the other way around: beliefs affect the way we pray. Theology affects liturgy. Just this week (as just one example), I am watching a debate (yes… Continue Reading

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A Creation Season Reading for Sunday 9 September

A Creation Season Reading for Sunday 9 September

In the month of September, and concluding on the feast of St Francis on October 4, many people focus on creation. A great starting resource for Christians and people of goodwill is the encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato Si’. For Christians, creation is not merely an academic discussion about evolution or not – it is… Continue Reading

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Synod Liturgy Decisions

Synod Liturgy Decisions

In The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia (ACANZP), diocesan synods and hui amorangi are being asked to assent to various statutes. If they are passed by a majority, they will return to General Synod Te Hinota Whanui (GSTHW) for confirmation and become formularies of our Church. So here are some thoughts. You… Continue Reading

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Put On The Whole Armour Of God

Put On The Whole Armour Of God

Last Sunday, I preached on Ephesians 6:10-20 (yes, I know that RCL breaks Ephesians up slightly differently to the RC 3 Year Lectionary). I am obviously aware of debates around the letter’s authorship and destination, etc. I do not think, for this reflection, imaging it written by St Paul in prison in Rome around 62AD… Continue Reading

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The Alternative Eucharist’s Alternative

The Alternative Eucharist’s Alternative

New Zealand’s Anglican worship agreements are difficult to find – and when you find them there is disagreement about what we have agreed to. They are confused and confusing. In A New Zealand Prayer Book He Karakia Mihinare there’s A Form for Ordering the Eucharist (pages 511-514). It is a list of things that should… Continue Reading

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