September 1, in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, is the Festival of The Builders of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. It is usually represented in bold type (cf. old style “Red letter day”) in A New Zealand Prayer Book He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa [NZPB] (page 9).
Do you preach from a text or not? One can preach form a full, prepared text, a partial text, notes, or no notes. If you use a text, I think that it should not feel “read”. One hint for those who use a full text, practise it aloud. Read the last paragraph aloud. Then read
he suffered death and was buried was crucified, died, and was buried There is this strange day in the church year: Holy Saturday, the day between Good Friday, when Jesus dies, and Easter Day when he rises from the dead. Some call it Easter Saturday – that’s absolutely incorrect – Easter Saturday is a week
Following the recent discussion about praying by heart I ended up in a conversation which I think we often encounter in differing forms: “Don’t forget what Jesus says about vain repetition” (ie. Matthew 6:7). To which I reply, yes, in Matthew’s Gospel the Lord’s Prayer is an example of how to pray, like a model
On Sunday we began reading Jeremiah (if you use the “Continuous” Hebrew Bible option of the Revised Common Lectionary RCL). We have about nine weeks to read prayerfully through Jeremiah together. What resources do you find useful in relation to Jeremiah? What ideas do you have for working our way through this text? What ideas
“Crucified under Pontius Pilate.” We talked about what we know about Pontius Pilate. Let’s talk about what we know about crucifixion. We don’t know what year the crucifixion of Jesus happened. The nearest guess is 33 AD. We do know that it happened on a Friday (there is not a hundred percent agreement about that)
I was recently in Dunedin and spotted the above church building. As you know, I like to pop into church buildings. This one is right in the centre of the city. Imagine my surprise when I found apartments built right inside this old church building (see image below). In fact this is the oldest church