From Pastor Tom’s Desk

22 April 2018

In my research for last week’s message for 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1, I came across this which I thought was very thought-provoking.  I thought you might think so too. In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I […]

18 March 2018

I’ve just got in from the latest meeting of directors of the Rosehill Medical Centre. I’m not a Director, but I sit in at their meetings as a representative of the Papakura Christian Services Trust as the Medical Centre comes under the covering of that Trust. I generally just sit and listen to what is […]

4 March 2018

Our Parish District Council met last night (at time of writing) and it was a great meeting.  We only meet 3 or 4 times a year and sometimes, they can be a little too administrative to make them ‘fun’, but last night was good. Now some folks in our church family may wonder who the […]

11 February 2018

This week, our Bible Study group, alongside others started looking at the parts of the Alpha course. I first did Alpha about twenty years ago while I was the Minister at Tapanui in West Otago.  It hadn’t been done before in that church, so it took a huge amount of effort to be trained, go […]

4 February 2018

Here’s some fun with some basic maths, cause basic maths is all I can do these days! Lol In a day, there are 1440 minutes to use up.  Of that, 480, or 8 hours is used for sleep.  About 8 hours or another 480 minutes is used for work which leaves a further 8 hours […]

28 January 2018

In the church calendar, we’re in the period after Christmas called Epiphany.  That word comes from two parts; epi meaning ‘on’ or ‘to’, and from the root phanein meaning ‘to show’.  So Epiphany speaks of the revelation of or to the power of God to reveal something exceptionally important; a time or moment of sudden […]

24 December 2017

FROM REV TOM’S DESK Well Christmas Eve is upon us and in just a little over a week, 2017 will be no more and will never be repeated. A sobering thought isn’t it especially when we reflect on every day we have in life?  Of course such a reflection has to be viewed within the […]

17 December 2017

We’ve just had the funeral of our erstwhile longest surviving member of our church fellowship. Murray started here in the 1930’s and all his life, First Church was the primary focus and place of his worship of God amongst God’s people.  He contributed hugely into the life and mission of the church by being involved […]

10 December 2017

Recently, the Lord prompted me to look at a Psalm which is so well-known that for many of us who have been Christians for a long time, we can be tempted to overlook it.  It is a Psalm that is often used at funerals whether sung or spoken.  For me, I confess that it had […]

3 December 2017

Every three years, ordained Ministers of the PCANZ have to go through a process of evaluation and review to earn what is called a Certificate of Good Standing.  The idea of this, as for other employees in the secular world, is to make sure that everything is going well with the Minister in their calling […]