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Go back to Galilee

Kia ora e hoa ma,

Easter greetings to you all as we continue to remember, celebrate and bear witness to the victory of Jesus over the grave. I read a good article this week with some reflections from Mark's gospel, and the instruction the women received at the empty tomb to "go to Galilee". It's a phrase that has jumped out at me this year. Here is an excerpt:

"Where is my Galilee? Galilee does not have to be a place for us. It is a situation, a frame of mind, or a choice we make. Our particular Galilee could be the desolate journey of physical, emotional, sexual or spiritual pain. It could be dashed promises, broken relationships, or unrealised hopes. It may simply be the unremarkable circumstances of our everyday lives. Whatever it is, the joy-filled and hope-filled message of Easter is the promise made to us that Christ is not only there when we arrive, he has gone ahead of us, to that desolate place, so that we might have loving arms in which to fall at journey’s end.

There the Lord is waiting for you. Do not be afraid, do not fear, return to Galilee! The gospel is very clear: we need to go back there, to see Jesus risen and to become witnesses of his resurrection. This is not to go back in time; it is not a kind of nostalgia. It is returning to our first love, in order to receive the fire that Jesus has kindled in the world and to bring that fire to all people, to the very ends of the earth. Go back to Galilee, without fear!"

Here's a link to the whole article

Where is your Galilee? 
Who can you invite there with you to encounter Jesus?

I'm excited to have Kevin Simmons sharing his testimony with us this Sunday at the 10am service. His is wonderful story of the transformational power of the gospel and an encounter with Jesus. I hope you can be there to hear. 

Presence and prayer
Last week I asked about creative ways we can bear witness to the risen Jesus. This week I realised it doesn't even need to be particularly creative. Sometimes we just need to be present to listen. This morning I donned my "blacks" and clerical collar and took Barnaby with me to visit the locked-out bus drivers, to listen to their stories and find out how we could pray for the current situation. I don't have any clever answers or personal power to do much, but just being there bears witness in a small way to the presence of God in the world, even amidst conflict, and the hope that in Jesus, God is working to reconcile all things to himself and restore what is fractured. Let's keep all involved in this workplace dispute in our prayers this week. 

Have you noticed?
In St Aidan's are two special items that remember those in our parish who were sent to the world wars. Up the front right is a roll of honour from WW1, and tucked around the corner in the back left is a book of remembrance containing each name from both WW1 and WW2. Check them out this week. 

This ANZAC Day I encourage us to reflect on the words "Lest we Forget", which were written to remind us all of the atrocities of war and the huge cost to all involved. Let us also reflect on the words from Luke's gospel that remind us each Christmas that Jesus came to "guide our feet in the way of peace". How can we be peacemakers in our world today?
May the resurrection hope and peace of Jesus be with us all this week

Rev Chris
Sunday Readings:
Acts 4:5-12
1 John 3:16-24
John 10:11-18

A card from Merryl Grainger
I received a lovely card from Merryl this week addressed to the parish, especially the "8 o'clockers". Here's a link to a copy of it

What's on this Week?

Communion Services
Sunday 8am at St Aidan's
Sunday 10am at St Aidan's (no Sunday School during holidays)
Wednesday 10am at St Aidan's
Thursday 10am at St George's

mainly music
mainly music takes a two-week break during the school holidays

Friday Cafe
Friday, 10am in the Iona Centre

9pm via Zoom Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri
Wednesday 7am at St Aidan's
Tues - Sat 4pm at Shop 89

Christian Meditation
Mondays 2.30pm at Caroline Williams' home, 12A Byron Street,

Coming up:

Thy Kingdom Come
Each year, our Movement has taken part in Thy Kingdom Come. This is a global move of prayer, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, to pray for God's Kingdom to come - and in particular for each of us to pray that God’s Spirit might work in the lives of 5 friends who have not responded to Jesus' invitation to follow him.

Thy Kingdom Come takes place between Ascension and Pentecost. This year we invite everyone to join in an office of daily prayer during this time and to participate in a time of dedicated prayer over Pentecost weekend. This might be in your own home, as part of your parish or over Zoom.

We will have heaps of resources available to help equip you over this time including:

  • TKC @ Home - Daily prayer liturgies for whānau & faith communities (morning and evening prayers)

  • Hosted online night prayers

  • Prayer vigil resources

Keep an eye out for further information and a dedicated resource page coming out soon. In the meantime, have a think about how you, your household, your friends, and your parish could take part.

Volunteering at the Anglican Centre

Our Anglican Centre acts as "basecamp" for all our people throughout the Diocese as they embark on Kingdom adventures of every kind.

We are looking for volunteers who would enjoy hosting people and making them feel welcome at the centre, answering phones, writing stories and prayer resources and helping with or after events. Volunteering with us means joining a family of committed people dedicated to providing warm hospitality and support to our diocesan family, and all who visit. We would love to hear from anyone for whom giving in this way would bring them joy. For more information, check out the Volunteer page on Movement Online or contact Ella Brown, / 04 472 1057.

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