From Pastor Tom’s Desk (Page 2)

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 […]

19 November 2017

On my wall, I have a quote (one amongst many) which says: “..if your dream dies, don’t let your spirits falter.  Keep your eyes focussed on Jesus.” I copied that from wherever I found it a long time ago, and stuck it on my wall because in my life anyway, there are times when it […]

12 November 2017

I’ve recently been loaned a book called ‘Soul Keeping’ by John Ortberg.  It’s sub-title is; ‘Caring for the Most Important Part of You.’ Anyway, in one part he likens our life as a group of 4 concentric circles.  In the very centre is our Will, with the next ring outwards being Mind, followed by Body […]

24 September 2017

I went to a meeting yesterday that was arranged by the Presbytery for Ministers who were either already retired or who would be in the next decade or so. It was led by a finance group who shared all the ins and outs of the Presbyterian superannuation fund and how it applies to Ministers. The […]

3 September 2017

I’ve just spent about five hours going through the material I have in preparation for writing a sermon to be presented this Sunday.  This sort of research is normal in a week for me and takes so long because there’s always so much to read, digest, and then understand in such a way that the […]

20 August 2017

A couple of Thursday evenings back, Ministers and representative Parish elders met at the inaugural southern regional meeting of the Northern Presbytery. The Presbytery as a whole covers from Cape Reinga down to Te Kauwhata which as you can imagine, is a huge area.  There are over 70 individual parishes within that region which can […]