From Pastor Tom’s Desk (Page 5)

23 April 2017

ANZAC Day is just a couple of days away.  It’s even easier these days for our family to remember because it happens to be Ben’s (grandson) birthday.  He’s been counting down as much as a three-year old can for quite a while now!  He thinks it’s been ‘next week’ for a while. But of course, […]

Palm Sunday 9 April 2017

This weekend, it is Palm Sunday.  Yes, it’s about Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, but it is actually so much more even if that were possible.  It is actually about our priority on God and where He wants us to be.  That’s what Jesus in His humanness struggled with in the Garden of Gethsemane when […]

Declaration of Confidence in God’s Protection

Recently, in my pastoral work around the parish, I have become aware of some of our folks working through times that are both challenging and testing.  These times have reminded me again of a prayer, originally written by Derek and Ruth Prince, that I pray several times each week in my personal devotions, not as  […]

19 February 2016

Today we’re looking at the second goal of our vision; ‘Leading forward in the vision for PAAT’. It’s actually a really great thing  to be a part of. I’m not even sure who first put it forward as one of the keys of our vision as church, because it wasn’t me, but it is an […]

05 February 2017

In my daily devotional from David Jeremiah, I came across this.  I particularly liked the way he put the two realities of either worshipping idols or worshipping the One True God together so that we could see the difference.  Idols are made in our image with all of our characteristics, whilst God makes us in […]

12 February 2017

I, like us all with emails on our mailing list, saw the bit that Trisha forwarded to us about making an impact in our town* . It was a request from the Papakura Town Centre Manager asking for help to do some work in and around the centre of our town. It could involve painting, […]

From Rev Toms Desk Jan 29

In a couple of weeks time, I am going to teach a short, 5-week series based on the 5 goals that we have as a part of our vision statement.  I am doing this as a  reminder to us all of the direction in which we have chosen to head, and to also give everyone […]

22 January 2017

I find the beginning of a new year as I start back at work always daunting.  It’s like the whole year stretches out ahead and if you think of it all at once, it can be a little overwhelming.  But little by little, step by step, we can move through the year doing whatever is […]

18 December 2016

Our Preschool had their presentation day last Wednesday.  It’s the end of year ‘do’ that celebrates the children and acknowledges the staff and the parents.  It’s always a time of much photo-taking with parents squeezing past each other at various times as they make memories of their children as they grow up. It’s a lovely […]

11 December 2016

The Christmas season is meant to be sweet, or so the media and advertisers tell us, but for many folks, it is a time of increased pressure and stress.  I for one feel the rise in stress as well as we approach Christmas, because just like everyone else, I am not just a Minister but […]