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Christ’s Presence in the Eucharist

Christ’s Presence in the Eucharist

The exact mechanism of Christ’s Presence (or not!) in the Eucharistic elements of consecrated bread and wine appears to me to be approached in a way that nothing else is. How is Christ present where you are now? How is Christ present when two or more are gathered in His Name? Exact mechanism please –… Continue Reading

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Growing out of Faith

Growing out of Faith

I had an interesting conversation this week that reinforced my prejudice. My friend talked about looking at the work and textbooks for, say, Maths, Physics, or Biology for senior secondary school students. And then my friend looked at the level of religious, ethical, and philosophical discussion used for similar aged students – that was at… Continue Reading

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Thinking Aloud Allowed about General Synod 2018

Thinking Aloud Allowed about General Synod 2018

The 63rd General Synod Te Hīnota Whānui will be held in the week of 4-11 May, 2018, in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Here are some brief reflections – particularly around discussions and decisions around worship. All the Reports, Bills, and Motions are presented in a well-organised manner here. Report of the Common Life Liturgical Commission… Continue Reading

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Simplify Daily Prayer

Simplify Daily Prayer

I am passionate about Daily Prayer – using the Bible, particularly the Psalms, as a disciplined way of praying. If the Eucharist is the jewel in the crown – then Daily Prayer is its setting. From a scholarly point of view, there is the ‘cathedral’ tradition – a people’s office (another name for Daily Prayer),… Continue Reading

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Prayer in Parliament

Prayer in Parliament

Standing Order 62 of New Zealand’s House of Representatives reads: On taking the Chair at the commencement of each sitting the Speaker reads a prayer to the House and the Mace is placed upon the Table. Prayer has begun each day in parliament since 1854. Concern was expressed, even in those days, that no religious… Continue Reading

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Resources for 33rd Ordinary Sunday

Resources for 33rd Ordinary Sunday

Let us pray (in silence) [that we may persevere in our growth into God’s life] pause God of inspiration, you caused all holy scriptures to be written for our instruction, grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of your holy Word, we… Continue Reading

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Agreeing on The Holy Spirit

Agreeing on The Holy Spirit

No sooner have we been having our own discussion on this site about the Filioque (“and the Son” – absent in the original Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed of 325/381 AD but added solely by the West to follow directly after, “The Holy Spirit who proceeds from the Father…”) than theologians from the Anglican Communion and Oriental Orthodox… Continue Reading

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