08 Jan 2017

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epiphanyThis week we meet with the Knox Presbyterian congregation in the Knox Church, at 10.00am.  The Service of Worship will be lead by Rev Andrew Donaldson, and the preacher will be Rev Prince Devanandan, a Sri Lankan with an Anglican background who is the current President of the Methodist Church of New Zealand, Te Haahi Weteriana O Aotearoa.

baptism-of-jesus-02The picture on the right is of Al-Maghtas ruins on the Jordanian side of the Jordan River – the location for the Baptism of Jesus and the ministry of John the Baptist, and now a UNESCO World Heritage site [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baptism_of_Jesus].

Join us on Sunday

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welcome_new_members-01Communion016It will be a busy Sunday at Durham Street Methodist Church this week.  At 10.00am we will welcome five new members, add one to the Cradle Roll, and then celebrate Holy Communion, with Rev Andrew Donaldson as celebrant.

annual-congregational-meeting-01After a brief break for morning tea, we will have our Annual Congregational Meeting, with a look at all the reports for last year and the election of Parish Councillors for the coming year.  Then, we will break for a light lunch, and this will be followed by a visit from the architects and a look at the revised Building Concept Plan.

cup-of-tea-and-biscuit-01And – don’t forget to bring your copy of the Annual Reports, which was distributed throughout the past week, and any questions or comments you may have regarding the life of the Parish.

Special meeting tomorrow

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communion - 02Yes – we meet at 10.00am in the Hall at the Knox Centre for a Service of Holy Communion, with Rev Andrew Donaldson.

And, following the Service we will have a special congregational meeting, facilitated by the Very Rev Bruce Hanson, to discuss the proposal to purchase a new pipe organ (from the organ insurance monies) for the new building on the 309 Durham Street site.meeting 2

A finger-food lunch will be provided, and the meeting is expected to conclude no later than 3.00pm.  Bring the discussion papers with you and have your say on this important issue.

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday

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Maundy ThursdayThis evening there will be a combined Maundy Thursday service with the Knox Presbyterian Congregation, in the Knox Church at 7.30pm, with Rev Dr Matthew Jack and Rev Jill van de Geer;  and tomorrow, Good Friday, there will be a service in the Hall at the Knox Centre, at 10.00am, with Rev Jill van de Geer.

Maundy Thursday is a time for remembering the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples (including the washing of their feet and the institution of the command to Good Fridaylove one another as he loves us), before his arrest and the trial resulting in his death on the cross on Good Friday.  This evening, the church altar will be cleared of all adornments, as part of our remembering of these events and our telling of this momentous story.

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