The party begins

First Sunday back and it’s all about an abundance of great wine. 500 litres of awesome wine. Not mid-shelf stuff. Top shelf where I never look because I don’t have that kind of money. Provided for a gathering of whanau and friends in a small poor community in the middle of nowhere. People whose lives are defined by back breaking poverty and deprivation, surviving from day to day, who have gathered with their meager koha to celebrate this new beginning and all the hopes that held. For these days they will forget that life is not as they hoped and they will enjoy each other and what food and wine they have gathered. Jesus’ mum is there out the back with the other ringa wera keeping it going. But too soon the wine has gone and the party will end. Reality will bight. Celebration to lamentation is one breath. Except Jesus’ mum does her best to fulfil her role and suggests Jesus might be able to help out. And he helps out. 500 litres of the best wine. That party was not stopping any time s…

Christmas in 3 Words

Gate Pa – Year C - Christmas Day 2018,
Readings: First Reading:Isaiah 9:2-7 Gospel:Luke 2:1-20
What I want to say: Christmas is important but it is not the point; Christmas is dangerous; Christmas depends on you and me.
What I want to happen: People to live all the Christmas story beyond Christmas day by living God’s compassion, generosity, justice; joining in the ongoing work of bringing in the reign God’s peace, hope, joy, love. The Sermon        1.Introduction:This Christmas I want to offer you three phrases to help you think about Christmas beyond today, -beyond the presents -good food -time with family and friends -Christmas decorations
       2.Christmas is important by its not the pointChristmas is important celebration of God the Eternal Word coming to us as one of us

Dangerous Love

This sermon can be listened to hereGate Pa – Year C 4th Sunday in Advent 2018

Psalm                          The Song of the Blessed Virgin Mary      
First Reading:                         Micah 5:2-5                                        
Second Reading:                    Hebrews 10:5-10                                
Gospel:                                    Luke 1:39-45                                      
What I want to say:
How doe Marys song help us understand and live out God’s love

What I want to happen:
Live God's dangerous love

The Sermon
here we are – 4th week of Advent
keep saying
-Christmas is important but not the point
-Advent we prepare for Christ of history, mystery and majesty
we have lit the candles for peace, hope joy and now love
so what is love?
what is it