Christchurch South Methodist Parish

St Marks

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St Marks Church and Hall
Cnr Barrington & Somerfield Streets, Somerfield, Christchurch 8024

Car Park entry from Barrington Street

Presbyter

  • Rev Andrew Donaldson

    Phone: 027 428 7356

Preaching Plan

                                  Celebrating Creation

Sept 4th   10:00am   Sunday Worship: Rev Andrew Donaldson

                                  Service of Holy Communion 

                 4:00 pm   Contemplative Service:

                                  Rev Andrew Donaldson

                                  At  Whareora,  8 Athelstan St Spreydon

Sept 11th  10:00 am  Sunday Worship: Rev Andrew Donaldson

                                  Celebrating with Spring Flower Service  

Sept 18th  10:00 am   Sunday Worship with Linda Cowan

                                   All age service

Sept 25th 10:00 am   Sunday Worship with Geoff Trotter

 

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Our Vision

  • Growing & sharing our faith in God, 
  • Joining together for worship & celebration, 
  • Living faith by serving others and offering hospitality to our local community.
2022 St Marks church

Our Values

Acceptance
Caring
Creativity
Outreach
Teamwork
Worshipfulness

Presbyter's Ramblings

For quite a number of households the cost of living is in a state of crisis, as rents, interest rates and prices for household goods and services increase. Most recently the inflation rate from June quarter (from June 2021 – June 2022) stood at 7.3%. The way inflation rate is calculated is basically the difference in prices of goods and services over a 12 month period. Prices on individual items in inflation calculations will have increased while a few might have fallen. As households prioritise their spending the actual inflation rate experienced by individual households will vary, This variance for most will be marginal.

To understand the impact of inflation on households the other consideration we need to take into account of is changes in wages and salaries. Some nations are facing retraction in wages and salaries and quite high inflation growth.

Recently through the lectionary, we have been hearing from the prophet Amos. I first met Amos one year through the Sunday School Exam programme that once existed in the life of the Church.

Amos prophesied during the reigns of Uzziah, King of Judah (who reigned 783-742 B.C.), and Jeroboam II, King of Israel (who reigned 786-745). He was a rather unpopular prophet and was thrown out of

towns and cities.  He especially targeted the aristocracy, who were enslaving and selling off the needy, taking advantage of the helpless, oppressing the poor and  using others immorally. He questioned the unrestrained acquisition of wealth happening, in the Northern Kingdom. For Amos the people had lost the concept of caring for one another, especially in the North, he rebuked the powerful who he saw as living a lifestyle that had forgotten God. He prophesied doom and destruction upon the Northern Kingdom. He also prophesied against the prophets who supported the status quo.

Amos was also what we would call today an internationalist.  He believed God was not only the God of Israel and Juda but of the world.

This allowed him to prophesy to neighbouring nations. He was a man who sought out enemies.

 Amos didn’t record his prophecies and oracles. His work was remembered in the oral tradition. It took some 20 years before they were written down. 

For Amos faith had to be lived out appropriately. This is also the Methodist way. We live in a nation where the divide between rich and poor is growing. In our present economic context this divide will only increase.

I can understand the arguments for not giving beneficiaries the financial winter supplement but this does nothing to elevate the plight of the poorest amongst us.

Like Amos we can and should challenge the government to ensure that all are looked after.

Andrew.

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