Minister's Blog

Reflections from habitat uniting church's minister, Rev Joan Wright Howie.

Farewell Habitat

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

In the fifth chapter of Matthew’s gospel there is a long passage described as ‘the sermon on the mount’. We can imagine Jesus standing on the top of one of the hills around Galilee with the mountain above and the lake below, delivering his famous speech that begins with the beatitudes. You know the sayings: Blessed are the poor in...
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Australia Day Approaches

Monday, January 20, 2020

As Australia Day approaches, the Uniting Church has been asked by our Assembly to hold a Day of Mourning. We were asked to use a liturgy prepared by the Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress and investigate the local history of First Peoples in our area. I started with the 1980's lyrics of a song by the Australian band Goanna, Solid...
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Rising from the dead and other impossible things

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Guess what happened to me yesterday. I was walking along the Back road looking out across the meadow toward Kings College Cambridge. It was late afternoon and the sun was streaming across the lawn illuminating the buttercups so that they shone like golden treasures. And then out of the blue five angels floated down from the sky with their wings...
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What does God think about Christchurch?

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Have you ever wondered what God is thinking? What on earth was God thinking creating mosquitos? What is God doing letting Tornado’s and crazy weather destroy homes and towns in Queensland? What is God doing about the state of our world today when people of extreme political perspectives think they can storm into places of worship and kill people at...
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Preaching at St Pauls

Friday, March 01, 2019

‘May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable to you O God, my strength and my redeemer’. That’s a strange way to begin a speech to the Wesley College commencement service at St Paul's Cathedral which is where I shared this reflection on Monday night. It was a bit scary standing 2 meters above...
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Ingredients of Christmas

Monday, December 17, 2018

REFLECTION What would you say are the three key ingredients in the traditional Christmas dinner? turkey vegies ham pudding What are the ingredients in the pudding? Well, that would be telling a family secret... If you read the paper, watch the news and walk around the shopping centers you're likely to thik that the key ingredients of Christmas are: Santa...
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The power of saying NO

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Jesus said No! No I won’t be dropping everything to come and help you. He’s gone off to a place where he did not want to be recognised – the northern most place he travels to in Mark’s gospel. He wanted to get away from things back home and crossed the boarder into a foreign country – perhaps to have...
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What to you make of the Cross?

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Suspended mid air at the heart of our worship space, we have a cross. It’s a cross made for the refurbished worship space to echo the old timber and the bronzed metal frames which are new features in our old building. When we refurbished the church our architect redesign the space around the six key Christian symbols: People, Water, Light,...
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Where do you want to live?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Where do you want to live? I mean, really where do you want to live? If there were no limits, no financial or familial restrictions, where would you want to live? It’s a pretty challenging question and one you can’t just answer with your head. Your heart and your home place are intertwined…home with where the heart is … ‘where...
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What has Jesus done for us? A reflection for Easter Day

Sunday, April 01, 2018

There one was an English vicar driving along a country lane on her way to lead a church service in a neighboring parish on Easter Sunday morning. As she came around a turn in the road the rising sun blinded her eyes and she crashed into a rabbit that was crossing the road. She stopped the car and got out...
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