We're building just behind (south) of our residence in South Street, Tawa. The same company and the same builder is also building across the little valley north of where we are in Matai Street - photo is taken from our driveway. Our build is a little ahead of the others and we hope to occupy our new home by the end of August.
So what's the point and where's the wisdom?
Life is full of decisions! Building a house is an exercise that invites a myriad of decisions constrained by budget, time pressures, the need for good communication and the ability to relate to many different people. Eighteen months on from our first approach to a survey company about subdividing our section we are nearly there, relatively intact, I think!
A property subdivision and house build is a picture of one's life, albeit in a very focussed way. Life is full of decisions. And our decisions are constrained by a number of factors including: life experience, ability to communicate and listen, money, time pressure, values and spirituality. Knowingly or unknowingly we all have limited capacity to decide. We never decide with complete and totally wise foresight. We may come close. I would suggest that we allow ourselves to come closer by talking about it with trusted others who can add to our pool of wisdom when deciding. When we are humble enough to take on board the wisdom of others in making our decisions we will find that we make better decisions. We will discern the way forward more clearly and we will benefit from the fruit of our wise endeavour.
I seek to be alongside and supportive of those in the valley of decision. Having lived a while and made some less than good decisions, I am the wiser and the humbler. I'd love to journey with you for a while as you decide.
John 8:15-17 - New International Version of the Bible
15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. 17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true.
We've had a good look at the content of the iCare website and have chosen to refresh the website design and to simplify the content. We hope you like what you view here.
Further improvements planned include new imagery and increased use of this News (Blog) facility to tell you and the www what we're up to. We'll comment more on Christian resources that we have found helpful and why; we'll reflect on current issues spiritual and secular; and we'll in all of this be seeking to invite you to comment and respond.
One of the advantages of the Weebly content management system we use is that it is multi-device compatible - technically, 'responsive' - which means that content will be re-formatted to fit your device: desktop, mobile or in between. No more need to enlarge, reduce or do contortions to see content!
Last Sunday (10 April) I completed a six month assignment as interim priest in the Northland-Wilton Parish, Wellington. This appointment followed the move of Canon Deborah Broome to minister in Napier.
The focus of this ministry has been to lead Sunday and other occasional worship services and to offer pastoral care for the Parish, with home visiting a priority. Two baptisms and one funeral were completed. Both Christmas, Holy Week and Easter services were highlights of this ministry time. The pre-Christmas community carol service (led jointly with the Wilton Catholics) drew 200 to attend, despite the bad weather. During Lent two study groups convened jointly with the Wadestown Anglicans. The study theme, 'Generous Hospitality' offered plenty of challenges to those of us involved.
The Northland-Wilton Anglicans humbly proclaim they are, 'The Church at the Heart of Our Community.' They are not far wrong. While at the centre of St Anne's life together is the worship of the God whom we know through Jesus Christ our Saviour, the people work hard to be caring and supportive of the wider Northland-Wilton community. The Free Food Friday barbeque offered outside St Anne's fortnightly is well appreciated and it usually takes less than an hour to get rid of the 40+ sausages available. The monthly Thursday munch draws a number of elderly and shut in people. Of particular interest is the Messy Church offered monthly on a Sunday afternoon. This offers a very creative time for children and families to be together while reflect on life and faith issues inter-generationally. The beautifully modernised St Anne's hall is well used for regular and occasional community gatherings.
While I have completed interim ministry assignments previously, notably in Island Bay and Levin Parishes, the intentional and transitional nature of such ministry has been reinforced during this time. Reflecting on this ministry I have written on this theme in a paper entitled, 'Interim Ministry Priesthood'. This is currently being reviewed. A link to it may appear soon in this News Blog.
This ministry has concluded with the appointment of the Reverend Paul McIntosh of Karori being instituted as permanent priest in charge on tomorrow - Fri 15 April.
Nga mihi ki a koe e hoa,
Mum died a week ago today in the rest home hospital room she had lived in for nearly two years. It was on my vigil watch at 2:45am that she drew her last breath, peacefully. What a blessed moment as I, her eldest child, was able to hold her hand as she moved from her frail, earthly body into a place of peaceful rest. After nearly 86 years of joy and sorrow; being loved and loving; caring for children and being cared for by them; cooking and cleaning; being a friend and finding friendship; marrying and burying a husband; mum has returned to her Creator.
One of the more inspirational books I gave read is Mitch Albom's, 'Tuesdays with Morrie.' An inspirational story of conversations between a professor with a terminal illness and a former student who recorded their dialogue. One of Albom's quips is, 'But behind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begins.'
Indeed mum's story is profoundly interwoven with mine. Her father died in a trucking accident when she was 3 and her mother died soon after her marriage and a few months before I was born, when she was 21. As a 22 year old I lost my wife Maureen to cancer less than 2 years after we married. Mum grew up with a brother who suffered the ravages of brain damage at birth. Uncle Will lived with us all the years I was at home, teaching me to be caring of the differently abled as mum was all her life, until Uncle Will's death in 1998.
Mum's kindness and tenderness was formed in the furnace of affliction. Her enjoyment from making people happy, especially through her cooking, was profound. Her respect for the individuality of all 4 of her children was modelled on her experience of relationship with her very able mother and her older siblings, Joan and Will.
Another legacy of mum's dying is that we her children are now devoid of parental presence and care. We have become the senior family members - kaumatua (elders) or koroua and kuia (grandparents) in Maori. Our new roles have been modelled well by our parents and grandparents. Our challenge as mum's children is to age and die well in our senior years. May we rise to the challenge to stand tall as elders in our family - mau tangata.
A Sermon by Pastor Danny Cortez
New Heart Community Church, La Mirada, CA
This message was given on February 9, 2014.
My response to the Southern Baptist Convention: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/danny-c...
I watched this video last night and found it most helpful in informing my search for understanding about an appropriate Christian response to this subject. Danny's thoughtful, sincere and informative message about his journey and changing understandings is well worth viewing.
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Friday Evening June 27, 7.30pm at the Conference Room, St Andrew's on the Terrace - The Fourfold Journey of All in Christ - Cost $10.00
Saturday June 28, 10.00am - 4.00pm, St Theresa's Parish Hall, Plimmerton (Parking in James St) - Four Critical Questions and Practices for the Journey
A Professional Development Day for Spiritual Directors (and others in related ministry) - BYO Lunch, AM & PM tea provided - Cost $30.00
Enquiries to Andrew Pritchard: firstname.lastname@example.org (04)9046764
The Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and the Enneagram are two well-established resources and tools for individuals and professionals to use when assessing and explaining personality issues. These two resources have been added to our mentoring page so you can both learn more about your personality type and to discover it if you have not done so already.
iCare Resources are committed to praying for people, groups and events they involve with. We invite you to visit our Prayer Request page to learn more. You may lodge your prayer request with us there. We also invite you to feedback after prayer.
You'll also find an inspirational video there based on a key scripture passage about prayer - Philippians 4:6-7.
We Look forward to praying with you.
Philippians 4 (NIVUK) - Final exhortations
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
A message shared during worship at All Saints, Haitaitai, Wellington
This is a place where we can discuss mentoring, ministry and what we have found helpful for sustaining our inner lives and good relationships.