Messy Church 13 October 2018 Print E-mail

Our Messy Church sessions are held on the second Saturday of the month, 4-6pm.  Our next Messy Church is Saturday 13 October 2018.

WHAT?     Fun with crafts, games, Bible stories,  a celebration time and a meal together.
WHO?      Everyone is welcome.  Children under the age of 14 need to be accompanied by an adult.  
WHERE?  In the church hall

Enquiries to Parish Office.

 
Book Launch - Against the Dark Print E-mail

An invitation to attend the launch of Against the Dark: Poems of Resistance, Reconciliation and Hope, by Joy MacCormick with Hayley MacCormick.

This will be held at St Matthew's, in the Guild Room (parish hall).
When: Friday 12 October 2018 – 5.00 to 6.30 pm.  Please RSVP to the Parish Office, 06 878 9476, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

"In ways that touch the deepest recesses of the human spirit, Against the Dark opens the heart to identify the truths that we face, the tragedies that we are well aware of and the delights for which we long. This is a beautiful book, profound, simple, that emerges from a well of deep faith. Don’t just read it. Linger with it." - The Reverend Dr Michael Trainor (Australian Catholic University)


 
Sermons - Sept 2018 Print E-mail

Our Priest in Charge, the Rev'd Alister Hendery, is making available his sermons via this website.  Here is your opportunity to download a sermon as a Pdf file and read it at your leisure.  Below are this month's sermons.

To read more, click on the following:

Sermons Latest
Sermons 2018 8-17
Sermons 2018 1-7

 

Sunday 16 September

Saint Matthew
Matthew 9:9-13
About a God who likes to keeps bad company

Adrian Plass, who is a rather successful writer on Christian themes, tells this story about himself.

When I was sixteen I loathed myself. I hated my face and my body, I had been expelled from school for truancy, and I had neither a job nor any visible prospect of getting one. The chaos inside my head was quite frightening. To make matters worse, I had developed a strategy of using scathing sarcasm in the conduct of my relationships with almost anyone who made me feel silly (that is, almost everyone).

Click here to download the sermon as a Pdf


Sunday 9 September

Ordinary Sunday 23 (B)
Mark 7: 31-37
Please listen to me!

‘They brought to Jesus a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him.’

Mark tells this story because of what it says about Jesus. In Jesus we see the fulfilment of the promise that when the Messiah comes ‘The deaf will hear … and those who cannot speak will shout for joy.’ It’s evidence for who Jesus is. But I wonder, what was life like for the man – what was it like to be deaf and to live with a speech impediment?

Click here to download the sermon as a Pdf


Sunday 2 September

Ordinary Sunday 22 (B)
James 1:17-27 & Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23
Our Inward Hearts

We’re back into Mark’s Gospel, and what do we get, but this seemingly obscure argument between the Pharisees and Jesus about washing hands. How on earth can this connect with our lives today? Well, to do that, we need to get inside the world of first century Judaism...

Click here to download the sermon as a Pdf


 
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Sunday Prayer Vigil Print E-mail

Sunday Prayer Vigils are held each Sunday from 9.15 to 9.35am in the Lady Chapel.

Everyone is welcome to come along, to pray for God's guidance and blessings on our Vicar Helen, on St Matthew's Parish community and our wider community, and the city of Hastings.

 
Prayer Book now available online! Print E-mail

Our NZ Prayer Book has been published online.anglogo

"It is now almost a quarter of a century since A New Zealand Prayer Book – He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa transformed our worship.  It has taken a number of formats.  It proved so popular in the USA that one edition was published by the U.S Church.  (That was the fat, one colour edition.)  An electronic version was also produced some years ago. 

Now at last, as the Anglican Communion News Service this week announced to the world:  “Enjoy the online version of the Prayer Book of the Anglican Church of The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia here: A New Zealand Prayer Book  - He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa "

From Waiapu News.

 
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