Thought For The Week 29 September 2019
Today we welcome to our special combined service the Timaru and Waimate Boys Brigade Companies and their families. I am very proud of the work Fiona and her team do with the boys providing a rich and varied programme of activities and building friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. We also enjoy a special collaboration with the Waimate Company joining them regularly for camps and activities. Please make the boys and their families welcome this morning.
The twice-yearly Alpine Presbytery gatherings have become a real highlight for those who attend. Rather than being a dull business meeting they are rich times of fellowship, inspiration and vision. Over the weekend we gathered at St Paul’s Trinity Pacific and were treated to good food, inspiring speakers challenging us on the climate crisis facing the planet and wonderful worship led by the StPTP music team.
The focus of the gathering was on climate change and hardly a day goes by with-out some mention in the media of this issue. At the same time, there are many who think this is all scaremongering and alarmist rhetoric with no substance. As I’ve become more informed about this issue, I have become more convinced that I have a Christian responsibility to do my part in caring for this creation. This is a responsibility to God (the creator) and my neighbour (who I am called to love). Anything I do to harm the planet potentially harms my neighbour. The issues are big and complex but that is no reason to shy away from doing what we can to reduce our negative impacts.