Commoners’ Worship Gatherings: The Beginning

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This is the first in a series that explains each component of the Sunday worship gatherings of Commoners – the Wesleyan Methodist community that I curate in Hamilton, New Zealand. You can read about some of the thinking behind Commoners here. I decided to write this as our service can seem very simple and quiet, but there is much thinking … Read More

We Need You, God

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In a simple liturgy I was able to participate in recently – a liturgy to open a meeting – there was a line that stood out to me because it conveyed a simple truth that I think we all need to grasp, especially those of us whose lives revolve around our involvement in some of the world’s issues. It came … Read More

Psalm 18: Because of God

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Psalm 18 is a repeat of the same song from David that appears in 2 Samuel 22. The preceding chapters in 2 Samuel give it context. David had just been through what was probably one of the most tumultuous times of his life and had dealt with a bunch of enemies, including some from his own family. It was a … Read More

Psalm 8: I Stand in Awe

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Psalm 8 is born from a sense of awe. In considering creation – the heavens, the moon, the stars – the work of God, David encounters his own smallness. “I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous, your handmade sky-jewelry, moon and stars mounted in their settings. Then I look at my micro-self and wonder, Why do you bother … Read More

God, You are Our Beginning

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God, You are our beginning and you will be our end; we are made in your image and likeness. We praise and thank you for this day. This is the day on which you created light and saw that it was good. This is the day in whose morning light we discovered the tomb was empty, and encountered Christ, the … Read More

My Ordination Response

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Last night I was ordained as a Minister in the Wesleyan Methodist Church of New Zealand. It was a significant and special evening. At the end of the process each of us ordinands were given a chance to respond. I wrote something for my response and I have had a few requests from people who were there and some who … Read More