Minister’s Comment – June 2020

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Minister’s Comment – June 2020

It’s a beautiful thing, is it not? Life I am talking about! New life, visible life, vibrant life the
goodness of life, the breath of life. “Tihei mauri ora” is frequently used in speeches given in
the Maori language and cannot be given literal meaning. Still, in essence, it is the first cry of
a new born; it is the explosion of Spring; it is the essence of all things living and that which gives life. There are excitement and enthusiasm with the words ‘tihei mauri ora’ for life is
more significant than just our imaginations.
Why tihei mauri ora?
Well we are progressing with the COVID-19 situation in NZ, and this comes to light with the
Church’s celebration of Pentecost, the infusion of the Spirit of God. Now, this expression of
Pentecost does not suggest the Spirit was absent, just that this was a new beginning, a
breath of fresh air, a reminder we do not move and have our being without being in and of
the presence of the Spirit.
Pentecost is a wonderful reminder as we of Saints A & A morph from an old way of being to
a new presence while receiving opportunities for new and exciting ways now and in the
future. Let us take hold of these unique and wonderful opportunities with imagination and
enthusiasm.
As we move from this hiatus may we be filled and have our being in the new era of the Spirit
of God in all that we will do and say and be. Tihei mauri ora.
Peace to you and yours
Colin

The Tale of Two Parishes
After many months of Working Group meetings the Congregations of St Andrews
and St Aidans agreed to commence worshipping together every Sunday, starting in
early February this year. This joint worship has been enjoyed by many and I detect a
certain comfort level emerging. But of course this step is only the beginning of the
pathway to amalgamation. The two Congregations also agreed to the formation of a
joint MSB [Ministry Settlement Board] to call a Minister and propose what mission for
the new parish might look like.
Recognising that the process of amalgamation needs to be progressed and that Rev
Colin Gordon has agreed to serve both St Aidans and St Andrews [the churches are
equally sharing the cost of his Ministry] for a further year, a paper was recently put to
the MSB promoting acceleration of the amalgamation process. The MSB approved
this and passed several recommendations for each Church Council to consider. If
approved then this would move to each Congregation for consideration.
With Congregational approval discussion could then proceed around Vision, Values,
Mission, Strategic Plan, Church operating structure and Church name. Yes, the latter
is one of the steps along the way – both existing Parishes need to be dissolved in
order to form a single new parish. Property could also be discussed later in the
process.
It is exciting to have reached this stage in the process and behold the opportunities
that lie ahead.
The Discussions with Church Councils and Congregations are being lead by Rev Colin and David Hansen.
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR PROGRESS REPORTS.