Where does the authority lie?

Where does the authority lie? Matthew 21: 23-32 Authority issues. Have you ever known anyone with authority issues? Authority is the theme running throughout today’s gospel. The chief priests and elders take issue with Jesus’ authority. The two sons challenge their father’s authority. They’re not the only ones with authority issues. And yes, I’m talking about you. I’m talking about … Read More

Magazine October 2020

St Mary Magdalene Church

Parish Magazine ~ October 2020 Due to the Coronavirus ‘Lockdown’ of March 2020 onwards, the Parish magazine is published mainly online and only a few copies printed for archival purposes. Our Curate, The Rev’d Maureen Lunn, have been writing by email to members of the congregation, and the content appears here. Trinity 13: We have a blueprint for dealing with … Read More

Priest’s Blog: September 2020

Priest’s Blog ~ September 2020 Trinity 13: We have a blueprint for dealing with conflict. Dear friends, Friends old and new, here we are this week beginning to take baby steps and reintroduce a Eucharist. It will not be the same as before COVID-19, there will be no singing of hymns, we will distribute the host at the chancel step … Read More

A third look at forgiveness

A third look at forgiveness Matthew 20: 1-16 What, in a word or two, is the parable of the labourers in the vineyard about? What would you say? If you are anything like me you could re-read this parable a couple of times and come up with a slightly different angle on it, depending on the word or phrase you … Read More

“Lord. how often should I forgive?”

“Lord. how often should I forgive?” Matt 18: 21-35 Many of you will remember that Malcolm and I took an extended trip to the southern hemisphere last year. We took a trip on a catamaran around the coast, the Abel Tasman National Park day tour. On the return part of the cruise we struck up a conversation with a really … Read More

We have a blue print for dealing with conflict.

We have a blue print for dealing with conflict. Matthew 18:15-20 During the past five months we have all, to some extent, been under stress and enforced family isolation. I wonder how many arguments have exploded and then been resolved, or not. Sometimes the smallest slight can escalate and cause deep wounds. Churches are not immune from misunderstandings and careless … Read More