Suggested opening for services this Sunday 17 March

Dear Presiders and worship leaders

Suggested opening for services this Sunday.
At the beginning of the service the presider to say:
Dear people of God,
we’ve all been shocked, saddened and gutted by the terror attack and shooting of the people in the Mosques in Christchurch. 
As people of faith, we reach our in all compassion to those who have lost their lives and those who will bear the scars of this tragic and senseless tragedy praying that God will be with them and those communities impacted in this darkest time.  
We commend to your gracious keeping all who have died; welcome them into your divine presence and heavenly banquet and the hope of the resurrection.
Time of silence is kept
Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord.
And let light perpetual shine upon them. 
Sing the hymn Amazing Grace.
Continue with the welcome and opening hymn
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all

St Francis’s get together!

Titirangi and Tairua/Pauanui

both with churches named St Francis, and on their own initiative,

got together over the first weekend in March.

Eight folk from Titirangi were hosted overnight (in an Indaba way) by the folks of Tairua. They shared stories, had a workshop lead by Bishop Bruce Gilberd, shared meals, hospitality and communion together.  In between,  they wandered in the lovely Tairua village where the weather and the scenery were just beautiful. Titirangi plan to host Tairua in March 2020.

Well done Titirangi and Tairua/Pauanui!



Common Dreams 2019 Conference

Common Dreams 2019 here

The fifth Common Dreams conference will be held on 11-14 July at Newington College in Stanmore, Sydney.

The conference theme is Sacred Earth, Original Blessing, Common Home. 

Matthew Fox will be our distinguished international keynote speaker.

The conference will involve other inspiring speakers, musicians, performers, and artists who will engage with the 12 Principles of Creation Spirituality.


An excellent collection of new hymns and songs

I was having a rummage in the Cathedral music library the other day and came across a new-looking hymnbook, so spent an hour or so browsing it. What a fantastic find, and from the A&M stable too. It is called “Sing Praise” and features 300 more recently written hymns and songs, some to well-known tunes. The seasonal section is excellent and will enrich any repertoire. There are also plenty of good-quality worship songs, together with short, meditative pieces. It contains a good range of material I’ve been teaching and using recently. The collection was published in 2000. Highly recommended.