The Benediction – our concluding thoughts

As our time of being together in spirit
with our neighbour, our family and our friends
and with God, the creator, draws to a close,
may we embrace the challenges
of our lives and our world.

As we go now in peace to claim the life of Christ in our midst,
may the earth be warm under our feet,
the rain bring the gentle flowers of the season,
once more giving light and colour to our world;
and, may the wind blow as the breath of the Spirit
onto our backs, urging us forward.

When we explore the mystery
of compassion permeating our universe
may we discover that the cosmos has a soul.

May the God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow
be with us all. Amen

End music

Last week during the "Virtual Cuppa" time there was a discussion on the story of the "Prodigal Son", and meanings of the word "prodigal", which led to Walter mentioning that he and his brother released music under the name "The Prodigal Sounds". Also, if you like, you may hear rushing water in the arpeggios at the beginning and end of this piece.

Music by Colin Nicholls & Walter Nicholls, ©1990-2013 The Prodigal Sounds.


Order of service: Rev. Ian Faulkner
Hymn accompaniments: Walter Nicholls
Photography: Z. Nicholls, W. Nicholls, B. Murray-Nicholls
All other readers and musicians as noted. Thank you for your contributions.

Invitation to a Virtual Cuppa

Sunday 27 September  11am - 12pm, NZ Standard Time.

As has been our lockdown tradition, you are invited to join members of the parish for a "Virtual Morning" tea via Zoom video conference. Join whenever suits you and stay for as long or as short as you like. We expect to finish about noon. 
You can either click on the link below, or download the Zoom client to your computer or mobile phone (you have to use the app on your phone) and enter the meeting ID. You do not need to create a Zoom account.
Or Meeting ID: 187 731 533 
Or join using just a phone - dial (09) 884 6780; Wait for answer / prompt for "enter meeting ID", enter 187 731 533 # ; if asked for participant ID just press #
There is no password to join the meeting, but you may be briefly placed in a 'waiting room" - please just wait a moment to be admitted.

If you need assistance there is a good tutorial on joining a meeting on the Zoom website:

Bring your own tea/coffee/juice/biscuits!