Letter from our Minister – August 2017

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Letter from our Minister – August 2017

The colder month of winter is almost on its way out, we feel the changes of weather, which
means the spring merges into the ever-so-hopeful hearts of most of us for warmth. And I am
more aware that I have come back to North Shore and find my home with you, at St Aidan’s
Presbyterian Church. It is such a delight to find you all well, after all these years. Since
leaving North Shore Hospital where I worked as Ecumenical Hospital Chaplain, I have spent
five and half years in the parish in Lower Hutt. I ended up in a Methodist and Presbyterian
cooperating parish of 7(now 6) congregations. While enjoying the ministry of a very diverse
and demanding parish, I have learnt and grown so much as a minister, and seen perhaps how
differently I could be used rather than as a hospital chaplain being part of North Shore
Presbytery. I have gained experience in pastoral care, preaching, teaching, leadership and so
on.
Since this year had been planned to be a quieter year, I was pleasantly surprised to be
approached by you.
And I have arrived here with a sense of mystery and awe of how God has a way of creating
opportunities. I appreciate the opportunities that are becoming available to me personally.
Though it might be for a short while, I am happy that I have been invited to minister with you
and for you this year. And I hope we can enjoy our time together as we journey together as
the church.
I am learning the stories that you are telling out of your experience from the 18 months or
more of your ‘transition’ and sense that there is much acknowledgment and celebration as
well as grief and ‘letting go’. And because I remember always how you all have a beautiful
calm spirituality, and the understanding and love you share with one another which comes
from your deep faith; I feel at home in caring for and being cared for in the Spirit of God,
through Jesus Christ. In recent times, I have reclaimed a practice of reflection and
meditation, sometimes walking, sometimes sitting down and my prayer finishes with a

reminder of verses in Matthew that Jesus offers.I hope that will be how we experience God,
especially during these next few months together, and here it is;
“Come to me, all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest, take
my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find
rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30.”
Blessings on all of us as we journey together…