“The far right don’t want anyone to repent. Because repentance leads to thankfulness. Repentance leads to compassion. And repentance will stop us being resentful. They don’t want anyone to repent, because their ideology is totally allergic to thankfulness and compassion.
Lent is the name given to the period of 40 days leading up to Easter. Traditionally Christians have used this time as a period of reflection, recommitment and renewal. The “official” church colour for Lent is purple, which symbolises both royalty (Jesus
St Matthew’s is hosting a very special event this Easter. Journey into Easter is an interactive, multi-sensory worship experience designed to help us experience the events of Easter and Holy week in a fresh and powerful way. Whether you’re familiar
Bishop Peter Stuart will be at St Matthew’s on Sunday 3 March. He will be preaching and joining the parish for morning tea before meeting with Parish Council. We look forward to us all worshipping together on this special day.
It’s easy to be frightened, but Jesus tells us that when others are fearful, then we should stand up and lift our heads because our redemption is near. As we see the new shoots growing in our church, we know
Christ the King Sunday is when we talk about what sort of King Jesus is. Whenever we say “Christ” we’re calling Jesus King, because “Christ” (‘Messiah’ in Hebrew) means “God’s anointed king”. In the reading from John, Jesus says his
The story of the widow putting her last two coins in the offering has often been taken to mean that we – like her – should “give until it hurts”. But we need to read this story as an example
The story of Lazarus is the turning point in John’s gospel. In the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke), the turning point comes when Peter confesses that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of God”, and Jesus responds by predicting his
The Revd Barbara Bagley has joined St Matthew’s as Priest in Local Mission. Barbara was born in Canada to a loving family and parents who lived their Christian faith. “I don’t ever remember not believing in God,” she said. “That
Jesus predicts his death three times. And the disciples get it wrong three times. They don’t get what Jesus is going to do, and they miss the core of Jesus’ teaching – the first shall be last, and the last