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Watching Out For Peace

Who is Christ the King?

The Feast of Christ the King

▶ Tearful Speech By Philippines Man After Super-Typhoon Haiyan - YouTube

I live in a country governed by people who deny climate change. They also deny that poverty exists in this land. They suggest that talking about climate change in relation to the calamity in the Philippines is playing politics, and they are saddened by it. I am sure that our government's representatives stood and applauded this speech. I am also sure that like many who stood and applauded, they will do nothing to help this conference come to any meaningful conclusion.

I feel so impotent in the face of what is happening to our planet. I feel outraged that people of faith would treat this world, which is not our world, but God's world, with such callousness. I feel despair that we seem hell bent on bequeathing our children and their children and planet that will be inhospitable to human life. And we seem stuck by short term greed. God help us all.

And yet, some how believing that the kingdom of God is among us, I am called to hope, and to act as if we can change this situation. …

SunLive - Tauranga remembers Armistice Day - The Bay's News First

Here I am again taking services at the RSA. An odd thing for someone who really is a pacifist. As I said at ANZAC Day I do this because I do think it is important to remember and honour all those who have gone to fight, even if most of the time I struggle with what the wars they were fighting in were all about.

There are a lot of myths around about how these wars were for our freedom.  What really surprises me is how much that thinking has shaped the liturgical resources available on line. So many of the prayers give thanks for the freedom and peace we enjoy because of these wars. Lines like "We thank you for the peace and freedom our nation enjoys as a result of their sacrifice" constantly appear. I have to confess I simply could not pray this yesterday and left the line out. Lets be clear. War ends conflict for now. It never brings peace. And these wars were not for freedom.

On Marsland Hill in New Plymouth there is a war memorial for the Anglo-Boer War which gives thanks f…

Remembering

Gate Pa – November 12 2013 Readings: Hebrew Scripture:     Haggai 1:14-2:9          Psalm:145:1-5-17-21 Epistle:                        2 Thess 2:1-5, 13-1 Gospel:                        Luke 20:27-38
What I want to say:             Ask what we remember on remembrance Sunday             suggest that we remember and honour those who went working prevent any others having to do same             inspired by example of Te Whiti and Tohu among others in this land             do that by not getting stuck in what is before us and keeping hold bigger picture of God’s ongoing work What I want to happen: People to be inspired to work for peace, in our communities, country and world
The Sermon       1.Introduction: talk about Remembrance day – what are we remembering?                         courage of those who went                         folly of war talk about line in programme for today’s service at Otumoetai             “Remember those fought wars to establish peace” irony of that line on this day -  commem…