Holy Week 2019

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The voices and prayers of the people across much of the world rose in unison as the flames of Notre Dame changed the landscape in Paris France. The fanning hand of flames and fingers of destruction reached out and pulled down the roof of the cathedral, and the falling spire to pierce the heart of the people and nation and as the hymns and prayers rose up, all were reminded of the fragility and non-permanence of our humanity. We are also reminded through this Holy Week that true faith is stronger than any stone of the greatest cathedral and that our prayers rise up higher than smoke, as we together this Holy Week walk the journey of our Lord and Saviour.  

Our hearts and prayers are with Paris, and I ask that our prayers also be lifted up for the Diocese and Churches of our communities which stand as landmarks of hope for so many. Pray for the Leadership and clergy as we welcome all to the walk of so many emotions in this Holy Week. Lent should have prepared us, as we stand together in faith, a face among the many in the crowd, shocked at the momentous events before us. 

+ Chris Harper

Advent - Christmas 2018

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Psalm 126:3  The LORD has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.

            In meditating on Psalm 126 this day in the season of Advent, we acknowledge that God has done great, wondrous and mysterious things in and amongst us. Maybe this is what Advent and Christmastide is all about, persevering through the difficult with hope and peace, and knowing all the while that God is with us. 

            Christmas is heralded each Advent Sunday in our parishes in Peace, Hope, Joy and Love, tempered with the reality of our brokenness, it is in the balance of the expected and desired, reality and truth that we reach out to the promise and gift of God Almighty, revealed in the true gift of Christmas... in Christ. 

Christmas is not just about gifts, but acknowledging our relationships and familial ties, in the coming together to celebrate Gods' blessing and faithfulness to us all in the seasons past. This is the reason we come together to worship, to sing our songs of praise and to rejoice, for we do it as a people of God and family of faith... that love and forgive, as we are loved and forgiven in the faithfulness of God. 

            I am thankful to all our Clergy in and outside the Diocese as they give of themselves the parish family, often they are alone away from their family and they celebrate as they can in and through the many services and needs. I am thankful for all who serve the church in so many and varied ways through this most blessed and busy season, especially for those who serve behind the scenes to lift up worship and enable smooth procession. I am thankful for everyone's gift of your ministry, as we walk together to Christmas morning, where once again we remember and celebrate the one true and glorious gift given of God to all in the world. 

Truly, God has done great things for us, and we rejoice!!!

Christmas Peace and + + +Blessings,

+ Chris and Tracy