Out of Retirement – Ray Coster

Ray is a former Moderator of the PCANZ and is back from a year away as he embarks on his retirement from full-time church ministry

Recently I returned to New Zealand after a year ministering in a Methodist Circuit in London. Consideration of further parish ministry was never on my bucket list when I turned 65. When I retired after nearly 40 years of serving the PCANZ in parish ministry I did have a plan for my retirement years. A friend and I had a dream of working for a third of our time, serving humanity for a third, and ‘playing’ for a third. Continue reading

Prayers for praying

Hey there!
Who writes prayers for worship?

Would you be willing to submit some for Candour?

Contact me: martin(at)villagechurch.nz with your contributions!!

Robert Simpson, a retired minister in Christchurch has prepared these prayers to start us off:

LORD,
Triune God,
You are magnificent,
marvellous and almighty One.

You are creator.
You are holy.

Your love is constant.
Your words are true.

Your works are dependable.
Your plans are enduring.
Your purposes last eternally.

You are mysterious.
You protect me.
You save me.

I offer obedience, trust and praise,
and worship only You.

LORD,
I have so much to celebrate!
My world echoes to Your beauty.
Your great love surrounds me.
The friendship You offer me is returned.
The open-door hope that You bring,
shows me the outstanding future.
Thank You!

LORD,
rest our minds in thinking,
touch our lips in speaking,
hold our hands while working,
guide our feet in moving,
watch our bed while sleeping,
and shield our faith in serving.

LORD,
the horrors of war, famine,
death, injury or starvation
confront millions of people.
We don’t know how to pray for them,
or even what to pray about.
You said, “Pray for the least of my people,
and you have prayed for the world”.
That should be enough to go on!

LORD,
we hear from Your Word
loud and clear –
Forgiven! – Forgiven! – Forgiven!

May we act to others in the same way.

An offering to the powers that be – Martin Stewart

Martin is the editor of Candour and a minister in the team at The Village Church, Christchurch.

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A few weeks in Wellington I photographed Finn, my seven-month old grandson, revelling in the wonder of a Wellington gale.  I was about to head to the airport to fly home.  I was dreading the flight because of the intensity of the gale, and I was eventually held up on the tarmac for almost two hours because of that wind!  But there was Finn, throwing his head back in laughter as he delighted in the wonder of wind! Continue reading

May the road rise to meet you – Martin Stewart

Home Hills Rd

An Easter reflection on Andrew Norton’s photograph Home Hills Rd in Central Otago.  The Village Church in Christchurch hosted a collection of Andrew’s images and poems.

May the road rise to meet you.

That, of course, is the opening line of the well-known Irish blessing.  May the road rise to meet you.  It’s an interesting idea – the road rising.  Our usual take on things is that we do all the moving – the lowering of a foot as we lift the other in order to propel ourselves forward.  And the road is there for a purpose – to walk or drive on – functional. Continue reading

God whispers a secret about telling secrets – Geoff New

Rev Dr Geoff New is Dean of Studies at the Knox Centre for Ministry & Leadership and is based in Dunedin.

I was ambivalent about accepting the invitation to write this blog. I found myself with something to say but unsure if I could say it; unsure if I had the vocabulary. I’ll try.

When I was young, too young, I became aware of the Holocaust. I was too young to appreciate the enormity of it and that expressed itself in a morbid fascination with it. Yet over the years that morbid fascination matured into raw realisation. Continue reading