As unbeleivable as this story is , I wonder what role the cutting of budgets and back room staff numbers played in this amazing stuff up. I can also guarantee that Paula Bennett will take zero responsibility for this.
This sermon can be listened to here Gate Pa – Advent 2 - 2020 Readings: Psalm Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 First Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11 Second Reading: 2 Peter 3:8-15 Gospel: Mark 1:1-8 What I want to say and what I want to happen: Use Isaiah and Mark to find hope and peace in this hard year. A wilderness year. Isaiah and Mark are all about the wilderness. If there was ever a year we need Isaiah it is this year. We hear worlds of hope for a people lost in the chaos and trauma of the exile, with words of God coming ready or not. So what does that mean for us preparing and waiting through this time of Advent? We hear John the forerunner speaking words from the wilderness inviting us to repent, to see our world differently and to live in this world differently. In what ways do we act as a forerunner? What d