Thank you church for your courage and conviction. It is humbling to be part of a church seeking to put God first.
I was staring out the window today at a normal looking cherry blossom tree when something strange caught my eye. It wasn’t the fact that there were late autumn leaves blazing on the tree. Although that did seem odd, it was the squirrel up the tree that made me start. Then I remembered where I was. Not in Christchurch but rather Vancouver, Canada and it all began to make sense. The context I was in made the odd things fit.
I must admit I felt a bit like that on Sunday at the first Service of Christ Church Roimata. Why were we doing church in a bowling club and where were all the normal things that we have grown used to? Again it is the context that helped me to make sense of it. It is the choice that General Synod made in May this year has got us to this particular place in our history. We now need to get accustomed to the strange landscape that we live in. As we greave what we have lost and deal with the changes we can rejoice in the things that remain the same. God’s love, care and provision for us remains the same. We can continue to gather around His word and encourage each other as we sing His praises even if it is in a new setting.
Sing a new song to the LORD; let the whole earth sing to the LORD.
Sing to the LORD, bless his name; proclaim his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his wondrous works among all peoples.
(Psa. 96:1–3 CSB17)