A Message for Sunday 22 November 2015
This last Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year wrestles with an understanding of Jesus as like royalty. As we observe in the John gospel passage, Jesus resisted this terminology preferring to be known as the champion of truth, albeit the Revelation epistle and OT scriptures do use royal terminology to describe Jesus exaltation as greater than that of even Kings.
The readings for this service:
Today we link to a PDF file of the power point slides that were shown as this message was delivered and to an audio file containing the message delivered by the Reverend Terry Alve, interim priest at St Anne’s.
Christ the King & Stir Up Sunday PP Slides
Christ the King & Stir Up Sunday Audio
Preparation for Advent
Our readings today begin to prepare us for Advent. In the Old (First) Testament we read of barren Hannah who while the favourite of her husband, was childless. As she pondered and prayed about this she was convicted that if given a child he would be entirely dedicated to the Lord. In time Samuel was born and like Jesus became a great leader of God’s people. Samuel stands as an exemplar for Christ. And today’s Gospel speaks of the end times; the second advent of Christ. And the epistle offers us some thoughts about how we should prepare for that, ‘Day.’
During the 4 Sundays of Advent we will focus on the themes of:
1 Samuel 1 – Reframed by a Jewish Woman – Maureen Kendler is a teaching fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies
The story of Hannah, which we read as the haftarah – series of selections from the books of Nevi’im (“Prophets”)- on the first day of Rosh Hashanah – (lit. “head of the year”) is the Jewish New Year (early spring) – provides a much-needed moment of inspiration for us to begin a New Year. When we first meet Hannah, at the start of the Book of Samuel, she is a picture of desolation and defeat, due to her infertility. Her husband Elkanah has another wife, Peninah, who has children and taunts Hannah cruelly – one of several biblical swipes at the unsatisfactory nature of polygamy and the miseries it brings.
Continue reading “No Ordinary Sunday (33) – Preparation for Advent by Thinking on Christ’s 2nd Coming!”
Message Audio – Remembrance Sunday
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY (8 November)
Rev 21:1-7 I am the Alpha and the Omega
Ps 23 The Lord is my shepherd
Rom 8:31-39 If God is for us, who is against us?
Matt 5:1-12 You’re blessed
Matthew 5:1-12 (The Message) – You’re Blessed
5 1-2 When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:
3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
4 “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
Continue reading “Remembrance Sunday Message – 8 November – Terry Alve”
The opening of these combined exhibitions will be on Tuesday 17 November 5:30-7:30pm at re.SPACE, 176 Victoria Street, Te Aro, Wellington.
Listen to this Message
Today we give thanks for the great multitude of women and men, girls and boys, who have gone before us in the way of faith. In the Bible we hear of the destiny of all THE SAINTS who die in Christ;
‘God… will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.’
All of us have been inspired on our Christian journeys by ordinary men and women – the saints mentioned in today’s readings and commemorated in today’s Feast. Who has inspired you; what captivated you about them? How did they reflect God’s love?
The saints reflected God in their own lives. Thinking now about yourself, how do you reflect God in your life? Is your life an act of worship?
Remember one person who has inspired you in your life and faith.
Comment on the 20th Century Martyrs
Continue reading “All Saints Day Message – 1 November 15 – Terry Alve”
Next Sunday at St Anne’s, we will celebrate All Saints’ Day with an all-age service and eucharist at 9:30am following a quieter 8am service. This day and service is one of the HIGH days of the Church year as we remember the very important heritage we have through the Saints. The Saints of God who enfleshed the Christian ideal of holiness and service. People like St Luke whom we remembered recently during our healing focus. And more recently canonised saints like Mother Theresa of Calcutta. And those in process of canonisation like Sr Aubert of the Sisters of Compassion who lived in and is buried in Wellington, at Island Bay. More on the Saints next Sunday – November 1.
On Monday 2 November we will remember All Souls – the countless number, including our own relatives and friends who have also lived the christian ideal, perhaps in less spectacular and well known ways than the Saints. All Souls is a time to remember those special to us whom we believe to be with the Lord. And especially those recently deceased whose passing is likely to be the source of current grief for some of us. We will gather at 8pm in St Anne’s and have a quiet reflective time which will include candle lighting, naming the ones we remember, praying for them and ourselves and breaking bread together as we recall that Jesus was the first born of the Christian Saints and Souls.
If you would like us to remember you and your loved one with the Lord, please email email@example.com Better still why not join us and tell us about your special one/s.
Sunday 25 October – 30th Ordinary Sunday – a message offered by Reverend Terry Alve
Job 42:1-17; Psalm 34:1-8; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52
The Provision of God
Last Sunday afternoon in Messy Church we thought about foot washing and King Jesus who washed our feet, even though this was a lowly task usually preserved for slaves, servants and the youngest present. Jesus’ example challenges us to love one another as He has loves us. He provides us with a very practical demonstration of how to do faith.
In the same way, today’s Scripture readings confront us with a God who humbles us with goodness and readiness to respond to our needs and dilemmas with care, in very relevant and practical ways.
One of my devotions during the week posed the question,
“How would you feel and respond if Jesus actually washed your feet?” Figuratively or literally?
Continue reading “The Provision of God – A Message”
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My first Messy Church experience happened last Sunday. It was the first Messy Church since I arrived in the Parish as interim priest. Having never experienced Messy Church I was keen to see it up close.
There were 5 children and as many adults; less than half the number who usually attend, I’m told. However, that didn’t seem to matter. Hunting for large marbles (treasure) in the mud bucket (field), painting tea towels with Katherine and crafting with glue, string and felts were ideal ways for all present to get up close and personal in a very positive and creative way. The craft work (and good conversation across the generations) was followed by a short think time in church – a King washing feet was the focus – then a song before eats back in the hall.
I’m converted to the MC concept and the way it is done at St Anne’s. I am sure the next Messy Church (Sun 15 Nov, 2-4pm) will be worth your while attending. I’ll be there and I hope you will be too!
Terry – Interim Priest at St Anne’s