From Pastor Tom’s Desk (Page 5)

18 September 2016

FROM REV TOM’S DESK   By the time of you reading this on Sunday, many of us will be feeling as full as a tick (a saying my father used to use) having been at the high tea event yesterday.  Piles of cakes with good company, and suddenly the waistline takes a beating. Oh well, […]

11 September 2016

The third key I will be looking at today in my message about community transformation is one of being a church which is community-facing. By that I mean, to have a social conscience.  So to learn more, you’ll have to listen to part three of this mini-series. ☺  But as I was wondering about First […]

04 September 2016

FROM REV TOM’S DESK  What do you do if people around you spontaneously start repenting of their sins and extraordinary things start happening in the community in which you live?  What do you do, if you see the local economy bloom compared to what it was before, crime disappear so that a police force is […]

28 August 2016

FROM REV TOM’S DESK  I’ve just been blessed with having had four weeks of study leave.  My leave this time was to look at what is happening around the world with local churches being involved in PAAT sorts of things.  It has been very illuminating, and this morning and the next Sunday, you’ll hear some […]

14 August 2016

Cracked Pots But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 2 Corinthians 4:7 Recommended Reading 2 Corinthians 4:1-9 Everyone knows what it’s like to be disappointed by someone we love or admire. Our  husbands, wives, children, or parents sometimes let us […]

10 July 2016

On Monday, Evonne and I will be going away on two weeks of annual leave.  If you have any pastoral needs then please contact one of our two pastors or one of the elders or phone Trisha who can then put you through to the best person. But after that time of rest, I will […]

19 June 2016

Last week’s sermon touched on Paul’s exhorting us all to rejoice!  Again in the same verse he repeats himself, rejoice!  Repetition means that it’s a point that he wants us to get, and get well. Then almost straight away he commands us to not be anxious but in prayer & petition with thanksgiving he says […]

12 June 2016

As I write this, I’m just about to take a funeral of a lady from outside our church who was clearly loved by all her family and so although this event for them had been expected for some time, it nevertheless comes with a sense of loss and grief. So what do you say into […]

5 June 2016

At the end of this month Presbytery will be holding one of its four seasonal meetings of all the Ministers under it’s purview (about 60 of us) plus an elder from every one of its parishes.  That ends up being a large meeting, but since the Northland Presbytery, of which we are a part, stretches […]

29 May 2016

We are approaching the one-year anniversary of having shared the vision for us as church here in First Church.  We’ll be celebrating that in early July, almost certainly by having another catered dinner for us all as a fellowship, although that has yet to be confirmed.  We’ll also use this wonderful time together to look […]