Ministers’ comments May 2020

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Ministers’ comments May 2020

COVID 19 UPDATE Please join the communities of St Aidan’s and St Andrew’s for :

Worship@Home Sunday 24th May
Meeting by Zoom Saints A & A
Saints A & A Worship Service Zoom Meeting
Time: Sundays 9am – 11am (service actual 9:30 – 10:30am)
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9:00am – 9:25am Welcome and settling in … you are welcome to grab a
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Kia ora tatou.
Monday April 20th : announcement that all going well the 28th will see something like 400,000 people will get back to work.
Well, that was met with jubilation by the 20yr olds in our bubble and across the broader family with great enthusiasm, particularly getting back in the water for surfing.
For years I have heard rumours of people sleeping in on Sunday mornings and lounging in their pyjamas while sipping coffee and reading the Sunday Star-Times. Or meeting together at cafés on the waterfront down from the
‘Northern Slopes’. Really, we should have Saturday 5:30 Services. But recently none of us has had to go through the Sunday rituals of speeding off to church. Church comes to us in our living rooms, and it is face to face
interactions with people we know, certainly more of a lazy easy Sunday Morning routine. Indeed, I too have enjoyed the easy routine, bit of a sleep in, coffee and freshly baked bread and a look-see at the current affairs before getting to church. This is not quite like taking a Sunday stroll along the waterfront and stopping in for a $45 brunch, and not to sound too pious, they can’t, and we can’t join them! But hey the café culture has taken a hit, and hopefully, they will get the chance to rejuvenate soon.
I guess for some the routine, whether of Sunday worship or gathering at cafés is about “Holy Time”. Jewish theologian Abraham Joshua Heschel’s spiritual classic “The Sabbath”: “Sabbaths are our great
cathedrals.” The Sabbath, he suggests, is a cathedral in time. Heschel reminds readers in a culture obsessed with the acquisition of things and the control of spaces that attending to the holy in time can order our lives
toward the divine.
“There is a realm of time where the goal is not to have but to be,” Heschel writes, “not to own but to give, not to control but to share, not to subdue but to be in accord.”
When we are bereft of our sacred spaces, we are perhaps uniquely able to receive an unbidden gift: the chance to rediscover the holiness of time.
Peace to you and yours

Northcote and Birkenhead Presbyterian Parishes.
The Faith Community of St Andrew’s
Birkenhead Presbyterian Church
Church Office: 172 Hinemoa Street
Birkenhead, Auckland 0626
Ph 09 4805745
Minister: Rev Colin Gordon
Cell: 021 854 066
The Community of St Aidans
StAidans Presbyterian Church
Church Office: 97 Onewa Road,
Northcote, Auckland 0627
Ph 09 480 2193
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