First Church Sermon: Otago Anniversary Day 2015
‘Remembering our Christian past.’

I’d like to thank you all, especially your ministers, Tokerau and Anne, for inviting me to speak this morning.

With Otago Anniversary Day in mind, I thought it might be timely to reflect on how we remember our past, especially our Christian past.

It matters. Control over the way we remember our past is a crucial form of power in the modern world. One of the first things that radically secular communist regimes did on taking power in Russia and China was to rewrite their history. Read the rest of this entry »

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TokerauIt is good to be back on board with the ministry team here at First Church. My mishap while away with our Cook Islanders group in Tahiti over the Christmas and New Year period is well known now and on the mend. I’m very grateful to Tangi and family members for their tremendous care, patience, and understanding of my situation. Moreover, I’m indebted to them, as well as to my doctor and physiotherapist, for enabling my recovery to where I am today. Thanks also to the ministry team who did a more than capable job in attending to worship services and ministry matters in my absence, and for all in the parish who offered their practical and prayerful support. I appreciate it immensely. Read the rest of this entry »

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SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES
10am Morning Worship,
12 noon Cook Islands Service
2pm Samoan Service
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Sunday 26 April, 10am
A service of worship to mark 100 years of ANZAC -
Preacher: Rev.Dr Tony Martin, Retired Chaplain, British Army,
(served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo and as senior chaplain to NATO, currently manager of Community Alcohol and Drug services within the Mental Health services of Southern DHB.)

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