Dear First Church folk,

The election is over and now we wait to see who our next Government will be. As we have seen countless times through the media, it will require political parties to talk with each other in  forming coalitions. This involves compromising and cooperating in ways to find common ground upon which they can work together as Government. It’s a far cry from their campaigning  strategies leading up to the election which saw them demonstrate quite the opposite. Our  country as a community requires a willingness for constructive conversations and cooperation    for the good of its people.

I believe this is true for the faith community. In meditating upon the Epistle reading for this Sunday (Philippians 2: 1-13), I could couldn’t help but recognize the Apostle Paul’s plea for unity – “be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own  interests, but to the interests of others” (vv.1-4). We see that unity cannot be achieved or maintained if individuals or groups think only of their own interests or care only for their own pride. Unity requires that all share a concern for the common good. Read the rest of this entry »

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 SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES AT FIRST CHURCH
10am         Morning Worship,
12 noon    Cook Islands Service
2pm           Samoan Service
A space of quiet in the heart of the city….every Tuesday, 12.15-12.45pm– worship, stillness, food for the soul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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