A time to celebrate

Here at Presbyterian Support we take the time to gather together and reflect at two of the most important times in the church calendar. We host a service at both Easter and Christmas time, inviting staff, volunteers and Board members to put aside their work and join in a time of worship, reflection, prayer and teaching.

Often we have invited a Presbyterian Minister to lead us in this and sometimes we lead this ourselves. For our Christmas 2020 service we re-told the Christmas story with an impromptu drama. Those in attendance entered into the spirit, donning costumes, repeating the lines and ad-libbing very well. We were also blessed to have Sue Mepham (wife of our Board Chair Tim Mepham) as our pianist and our drama was interspersed with great singing.

A highlight for myself was the singing of ‘The Blessing Aotearoa’, which has become very popular in recent times - please take the time to google this song, you will be blessed. As we continue in our cultural journey we sang in both Te Reo and English.

Here is a verse from ‘The Blessing Aotearoa’:

Ma Ihowa koe
E manaaki e tiaki
Tona mata e tiaho ki a koe
e atawhai ano hoki
Ma Ihowa tona kanohi
e whakaara ki a koe
Kia tau ai ko te aiotanga
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord
make his face shine on you and be gracious
to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and
give you peace.’
Numbers 6:24-26

Carolyn Sims
Community Mission Liaison


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