Letter from the Minister – September 2017

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Letter from the Minister – September 2017

LETTER FROM THE MINISTER
In this present climate of politics and current
affairs, we all carry hopes for our lives. I always
thought self promotion did not come naturally to us
‘Kiwis’. Yet, at this time in the electoral cycle, it is
more evident. I don’t know if this is why we look
more sharply than normal at what is happening.
Every corner of our streets is decorated with
posters of political parties all campaigning for the
coming election.
(1Timothy2:1-2,
First of all then, I urge that
petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving
be offered on behalf of all men for kings and all
those in authority, so that we may lead peaceful
and quiet lives in all goodness and holiness.
)
Recently, our attention has also been on different
racial and religious conflicts rising from North
America, the Middle East and elsewhere in the
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world where hostility towards “the others” poses a
threat to “good will towards all.” We grieve to see
what looks like history repeating itself… Yet the
change of season now filling our streets with
pink,white and red blossom reminds us that there is
a much wider purpose of God for our world. It
always refreshes our minds to see that.
This reminds me of Jeremiah 29:11,
“I know the
plans that I have for you… plans to give you hope
and a future.”
And with that bigger and wider perspective, we are
to continue to dream and to hope.
We are taking note of how each political party
speaks of policies that will be compatible with what
we desire: more jobs, more social housing, fair
wages and so on… So with all these political
candidates talking about their vision and
imagination for the future, it reminds me again of
how important our imagination and vision is for us
as a church and especially for the St. Aidan’s
community.
We are coming to the second half of the year. It is
time for us to let the past be past, and start to
think about what the Spirit is asking us to do and
be, here and now.
I have written a pastoral letter to open a dialogue
and capture some of our vision and imagination.
Along with that, concrete steps have been taken in
the last few weeks, actively exploring the
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possibility of working together with other parishes
and to envisage our future together. We recognise
that we are all part of the body of Christ, in a
bigger sense of the word, that goes beyond our St.
Aidan’s community. We are exploring these
possibilities in the most open way possible, and I
would strongly invite you all to participate with
your feed back as suggested in the pastoral letter.
We are also planning a retreat at the end of
September where we will talk more about our
visions and dreams. I would love to see many of you
there. It will be truly exciting to see what dreams
and visions we have and look forward to seeing
these made real in our community and in our faith
journey together.
Michelle