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Honouring The Great Martyr Saint George - Hori Tapu.

Today we honour our patron saint - The Great Martyr Saint George.   Wikipedia tells us that Saint George (Greek: Γεώργιος, Geṓrgios; Latin: Georgius; d. 23 April 303) was a soldier of Greek origins, member of the Praetorian Guard for the Roman emperor Diocletian, who was sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith. We remember his courage in publically declaring before his emperor both that the command for all soldiers to sacrifice to the imperial cult or be executed was evil, and that he was a Christian and would not be sacrificing. In the Eastern Orthodox tradition he is named among the great martyrs. He is widely venerated and respected by Christian and non-Christians. We join with many churches around the world and fly his flag to honour his story. We recall the Muslim saying applied to him that says “The righteous act is to confront the tyrant”. St. George continues to be an inspiration for Christians under persecution, especially Palestinian Christian

A Bigger Mind in the Season of Creation

We have spent the last few weeks engaged in a Season of Creation exploring our relationship with Creation. We have been reminded that ALL belongs to God, including us. As we have contemplated the wonder of the web of life that holds and sustains all, in the oceans and on the land. As we reflected on Genesis 1 and the story of humanity being created in the image of our Creating and Life Giving God, we have considered how our relationship with God’s gift might be marked by awe and the call to join God’s ongoing creating and life giving work. This week Paul in his letter to the Corinthians invites us to envisage all the cosmos radiating with the creating and life giving presence of the Christ, in whom and through whom and for whom all was created. We are invited into a bigger mind about God, Christ and salvation – for God’s salvation through Christ is for the entire cosmos. A few weeks ago I talked about Dave Tomlinson’s suggestion that repentance is being drawn into a bigger mind